USGA Foundation Gives Grants
'Many aspects of golf can be used to effectively convey life lessons,' said USGA President Reed Mackenzie. 'Through these grants, the USGA shows its continued dedication to providing unique opportunities for those who might not otherwise have access to the game.'
Since 1997, the USGA has awarded more than $34 million in grants through its 'For the Good of the Game' initiative. This 10-year, $50 million dollar initiative has traditionally focused on programming for economically disadvantaged youth and individuals with disabilities, as well as introducing youth to the game of golf through caddieing and other work-based programs.
Beyond its grants program, the USGA partners with national organizations such as the Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Alliance for Accessible Golf, National Golf Course Owners Association, National Alliance for Youth Sports, and the World Golf Foundation. Through these partnerships, the USGA promotes golf programs for youth, affordable and accessible golf course access, girls' golf programs, and initiatives for individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the USGA introduces talented recent college graduates to the world of philanthropy and develops their professional skills through its Fellowship in Leadership and Service.
This most recent group of grants included the Foundation's second-largest single grant for junior golf programs to date, a three-year commitment of $225,000 to the Mid-South Junior Golf Association (MSJGA), in Memphis, Tenn. Founded in 1991 to expose inner city youth to the game of golf at no cost, the MSJGA reaches thousands of youth in the Memphis area. The USGA grant will go toward junior golf instruction, course access and education. The MSJGA has its own nine-hole golf course and is currently building a second nine-hole programming site with the help of the Bridgestone-Firestone Corporation and the Bridgestone-Firestone Corporation Trust.
'We've been fortunate to receive a great deal of support to help us fulfill our mission of positively impacting kids through golf,' said Vince Alfonso, executive director of MSJGA. 'The USGA has played an instrumental role in our ability to expand and better serve the youth of Memphis.'
Another significant investment made by the USGA at this meeting was a $120,000 grant to the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Charity Foundation (LAJCC) for its Urban Youth Junior Golf Program. The mission of LAJCC is to serve the community by providing innovative projects and programs, which benefit at-risk youth. LAJCC achieves its mission through the volunteer efforts of its membership of young professionals. The Urban Youth Golf Program curriculum runs for 24 weeks during the year, providing participants two hours of instruction each week. To ensure continued access opportunities, the program has teamed up with 50 Los Angeles-area courses to offer Urban Youth participants discounted access after completing the program.
A complete list of all grants from the winter 2003 Grants Committee Meeting can be found below. For more information on the USGA Foundation's 'For the Good of the Game' Grants Program, contact the grants office at (719) 471-4810 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a more detailed list, including program summaries and contact information, visit the Web site at www.usga.org/foundation.
Winter 2003 Grants Committee Meeting
Organizations Receiving Grant Awards Listed Alphabetically by State
Organization Name City, State Grant Amount
Tennesse Valley Jazz Society Huntsville, Ala. $17,000
Mississippi County Arkansas
Economic Opportunity Commission Blytheville, Ark. $21,800
Fresno-Greater San Joaquin Valley Junior
Golf Foundation Fresno, Calif. $75,000
Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce
Charity Foundation Los Angeles, Calif. $120,000
City of Salinas Recreation Department Salinas, Calif. $11,000
The First Tee of the Central Coast Santa Barbara, Calif. $31,200
National Sports Center for the Disabled Denver, Colo. $30,000
Gold Crown Foundation Greenwood Village, Colo. $4,050
Gold Crown Foundation Greenwood Village, Colo. $25,000
LPGA Foundation Daytona Beach, Fla. $200,000
Hollybrook Homes Apartments Jacksonville, Fla. $30,000
The First Tee of Jacksonville Jacksonville, Fla. $28,400
National Alliance for Youth Sports West Palm Beach, Fla. $100,000
School District of Palm Beach County West Palm Beach, Fla. $23,600
Georgia Junior Golf Foundation Athens, Ga. $30,000
Hawaii State Women's Golf Association Honolulu, Hawaii $5,500
World Champions Charitable Foundation Okoboji, Iowa $4,000
YMCA of Southwest Illinois Belleville, Ill. $2,000
A Sporting Chance Foundation Chicago, Ill. $19,400
ABJ Community Services Chicago, Ill. $15,000
BROCK Social Services Organization
for the South Side of Chicago Chicago, Ill. $25,000
South Suburban Home School & Gym Group Chicago, Ill. $8,000
Rockford Park District Rockford, Ill. $80,00
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana New Augusta, Ind. $3,000
Iberia Parish Recreation District 1 New Iberia, La. $75,000
The Rehabilitation Hospital
of the Cape and the Islands East Sandwich, Mass. $30,000
University of Maryland Medical
Systems Foundation Baltimore, Md. $17,290
Baltimore County Public Schools Towson, Md. $14,800
The Midnight Golf Program Detroit, Mich. $9,000
Rochester Area Disabled Athletics & Recreation Rochester, Minn. $2,000
Minot Junior Golf Association Minot, N.D. $25,000
Several Sources Foundation Ramsey, N.J. $5,700
The ARC of Atlantic County Somers Point, N.J. $12,000
Silver State Jr. Golf Academy Reno, Nev. $18,000
Children & Family Mental Health Services Amityville, N.Y. $11,300
Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. $8,500
Greene County Golf Course Association Greenville, N.Y. $19,000
Pymatuning Valley Schools Andover, Ohio $2,050
The First Tee of Canton Canton, Ohio $75,000
Fairway Fifth-Graders Cincinnati, Ohio $15,000
Whittier Middle School Lorain, Ohio $5,430
Lake County Educational Service Center Painesville, Ohio $38,500
Forum Health Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital Warren, Ohio $21,000
Easter Seal Society
of South Central Pennsylvania East York, Pa. $3,000
The First Tee of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. $50,000
Alternative Education Program Port Allegany, Pa. $3,500
Upper Bucks County YMCA Quakertown, Pa. $2,500
Christian Sports International Zelienople, Pa. $16,000
Golf Foundation of Rhode Island Providence, R.I. $75,000
Fairway Outreach Columbia, S.C. $21,300
Blue Ridge Junior Golf Program Salem, S.C. $2,500
The First Tee of Spartanburg Spartanburg, S.C. $20,000
Mid-South Junior Golf Association Memphis, Tenn. $225,000
City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department Austin, Texas $50,000
Kids Sports Network San Antonio, Texas $4,340
Northern Texas PGA Jr. Golf Foundation Wylie, Texas $12,000
Fairfax County Park Authority Fairfax, Va. $3,500
The Boys & Girls Club of Virginia Peninsula Newport News, Va. $12,000
Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation Richmond, Va. $18,000
Greene County Recreation Department Stanardsville, Va. $9,000
Pacific Northwest Golf Association Seattle, Wash. $11,000
Seattle Junior Golf Foundation Seattle, Wash. $48,200
Langston Jr. Boys & Girls Golf Club Washington, D.C. $18,000
Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain
PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.
She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.
“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.
Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.
“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”
She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.
“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”
Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.
“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.
She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.
“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”
Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.
While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.
“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”
Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead
PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.
In fact, she named her “Mona.”
For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.
While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.
And that has her excited about this year.
Well, that and having a healthy back again.
“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”
Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”
Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.
She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”
Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.
Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders
PHOENIX - Cydney Clanton holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 13th and closed with a birdie Friday to take the second-round lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.
Clanton's wedge on the 13th flew into the cup on the first bounce. She also birdied the par-5 11th and 15th and the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old former Auburn player is winless on the LPGA.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Marina Alex, Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe were a stroke back on a calmer day after wind made scoring more difficult Thursday.
Jessica Korda and Mo Martin were 7 under, and Michelle Wie topped the group at 6 under.
Ko's struggles continue with Founders MC
PHOENIX – Lydia Ko loves the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and its celebration of the game’s pioneers, and that made missing the cut Friday sting a little more.
With a 1-over-par 73 following Thursday’s 74, Ko missed the cut by four shots.
After tying for 10th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in her last start, Ko looked to be turning a corner in her quest to find her best form again, but she heads to next week’s Kia Classic with more work to do.
“I just have to stay patient,” Ko said. “I just have to keep my head high.”
It was just the fifth missed cut in Ko’s 120 career LPGA starts, but her fourth in her last 26 starts.
Ko’s ball striking has been erratic this year, but her putting has been carrying her. She said her putting let her down Friday.
“It seemed like I couldn’t hole a single putt,” she said. “When I missed greens, I just wasn’t getting up and down. When I got a birdie opportunity, I wasn’t able to hole it.”
Ko came to Phoenix ranked 112th in driving distance, 121st in driving accuracy and 83rd in greens in regulation. She was sixth in putting average.
Cristie Kerr saw the struggle playing two rounds with Ko.
“Her game’s not in good shape,” Kerr said. “She seemed a little lost.”
Ko, 20, made those sweeping changes last year, starting 2017 with a new coach (Gary Gilchrist), a new caddie (Peter Godfrey) and new equipment (PXG). She made more changes at this year’s start, with another new coach (Ted Oh) and new caddie (Jonnie Scott).
Ko doesn’t have to look further than Michelle Wie to see how a player’s game can totally turn around.
“It always takes time to get used to things,” Ko said. “By the end of last year, I was playing solid. I’m hoping it won’t take as much time this year.”
Ko had Oh fly to Asia to work with her in her two starts before the Founders Cup, with their work showing up in her play at the HSBC in Singapore. She said she would be talking to Oh again before heading to the Kia Classic next week and then the ANA Inspiration. She has won both of those events and will be looking to pull some good vibes from that.
“This is my favorite stretch of events,” she said. “And I love the Founders Cup, how it celebrates all the generations that have walked through women’s golf. And I love the West Coast swing. Hopefully, I’ll make more putts next week.”
Ko, whose run of 85 consecutive weeks at Rolex world No. 1 ended last summer, slipped to No. 12 this week.