VSGA JR Strokeplay

Golfers compete during the 68th VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship on July 29 at James River Country Club in Newport News.

The Virginia State Golf Association announced Monday it has entered a new partnership with Youth on Course with the aim of delivering affordable and accessible golf and personal growth opportunities to youth throughout Virginia.

Youth on Course, a non-profit organization, is committed to making the game more appealing, inclusive and accessible to nurture the next generation of lifelong players. Youth on Course members can play rounds of golf for $5 or less at more than 1,400 participating courses across 38 states and Canada.

Members also benefit from career opportunities through a caddie and internship program in various regions and nationwide college scholarships. Juniors in Virginia ages 6-18 can sign up for a Youth on Course membership at youthoncourse.org/join.

“We are pleased to join the growing list of allied golf associations who have come to recognize a significant impact that this program has had on junior golfers across the country,” VSGA Board of Directors president Gary Beck said in a prepared statement. “The VSGA will be committing substantial resources of time and money to ensure the success of this program here in the Commonwealth. We invite our members clubs to embrace this initiative and we appeal to our fellow golfers to support this worthy cause.”

The VSGA, also a non-profit organization, is comprised of more than 310 members clubs and 72,000 individual members.

“The partnership with Youth on Course aligns with the VSGA’s mission to promote and serve the game of golf in Virginia,” VSGA executive director Matt Smiley said. “It allows the association to have a greater impact on the access to and affordability of the game for current and future junior golfers. In addition, golfers around Virginia will be able support the future of the game they love by contributing to this initiative and assisting the next generation of golfers.”

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