What a Classroom for the MGA/MetLife Youth Clinic!
FAR HILLS, N.J. (July 26, 2017) -- On Monday, July 24, an enthusiastic group of 120 participants and coaches from three First Tee of Metropolitan New York locations and the New York City Parks Foundation took part in the season’s first MGA/MetLife Youth Clinic at the USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in Far Hills, N.J.
The boys and girls enjoyed a day of discovery, science, and fun. After a warm welcome from the USGA and an overview of its mission, the group split into three teams to take advantage of three different learning experiences on the USGA campus.
The history of the game came alive in the USGA Museum, as a scavenger hunt for clues and answers to 10 questions stood as one group challenge. Legendary players, historic championship records, and the global growth of the game all came into play for the juniors.
Meanwhile, the USGA Research and Test Center hosted an eager group who learned about equipment’s development through the years and the role that science, technology, engineering, and math have played as equipment continues to progress. Why are there dimples on a golf ball? How can you measure the size of a clubhead, or understand the impact of grooves on a clubface? The test center proved to be a fascinating real-world classroom.
The USGA’s 16,000-square-foot Pyne Putting Course also hosted a group. The juniors not only showed off their putting skills, but also learned about agronomy and sustainability. Improving the experience for golfers and facilities was the central message of the day.
Thanks to the USGA for providing the ideal educational experience for the MGA Foundation’s first MetLife Youth Clinic of the season!
MetLife has been a valued partner of the MGA Foundation since its inception in 1991, and has been a partner of the MGA for more than 30 years. MetLife’s support of the MGA Foundation is a testament to the company’s longstanding mission of giving back, and allows the MGA Foundation to continue instilling the values and traditions of golf in the next generation of golfers.