For 2015 we have revamped our youth program to reflect the many opportunities that our achievements have afforded us. Based on our successes, we have been invited by the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to participate in their nationwide Junior League. We are working closely with the Northeast New York PGA headquarters in Albany and Tracie Warner and her staff to bring this to fruition. We offer Introductory Golf Lessons and Advanced Lessons.
We are also expanding our highly popular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Institutes to occur on three golf courses in the county in partnerships with central schools and local colleges.
The Rip Van Winkle Junior Golf Trail continues to grow in popularity. As of this date, we have provided over 11,600 youth with golf lessons. With our previous grants we have also provided 4,300 sets of golf clubs at discounted prices. We continue to seek grants for our Tech Valley Youth Golf program.
Tech Valley Youth Golf (TVYG) brings the character-building game of golf to youth throughout Tech Valley, provides a forum to meet and compete in a fair way with other youth with similar positive interests. We build interactive math, science skills as well as exploring other academic-related demonstrations of golf. We take the novice golfers all the way to competitive and college scholarship levels of golf.
To date, TVYG have been awarded grants to make this possible. Favored funding has come from the United States Golf Association (USGA) (2010, 2009, 2008, 2003), the Professional Golf Association (PGA) (2006-2004), the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) (2015-2005) as well as New York State (2008-2006) and Greene County (2015-2006). We continue to seek grant support.
2015 PROGRAM COMPONENTS
TVYG has several exciting program components planned for the 2015 golf season:
• Introductory Youth Golf Lessons (June 2015)
• Advanced Youth Golf Lessons (June 2015)
• STEM Institutes on the Golf Course (May & June, 2015)
• Rip Van Winkle Junior Golf Trail (April 1st – October 1st)
• 13th Annual Legs Diamond Open (Sat., July 18th at Thunderhart Golf Club)
INTRODUCTORY YOUTH GOLF LESSONS
Boys and girls, ages 6 to 17 within the 19 county Tech Valley area are eligible for this training. The training occurs on actual golf courses and driving ranges by professional instructors. There is a one-time program fee of $35. The lessons are held at:
• Catskill Golf Club in Catskill 943-0302 * www.catskillgolfclub.com
• Christman’s Windham House in Windham 734-6990 * www.windhamhouse.com
• Rip Van Winkle Country Club in Palenville 678-9779 * www.rvwcc.com
• Thunderhart Golf Club in Freehold 634-7816 * www.thunderhartgolf.com
• Windham Country Club in Windham 734-9910 * www.windhamcountryclub.com
Check the registration form for dates. This year you are asked to print the form and bring payment with you at the first lesson or you can simply contact the specific golf course of your choice.
Peter Maassmann, “Class A” PGA Professional and winner of the prestigious BILL STRASBURG AWARD will again be offering Advanced Lessons at Blackhead Mountain Lodge and Country Club. Advanced lessons require a pre-screening by Peter Maassmann. Please call 518/622-3157 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. You can print the generic registration form and bring it with you at the time of registration. The one-time fee remains at $35.
RIP VAN WINKLE JUNIOR GOLF TRAIL
The only Junior Golf Trail in Tech Valley occurs between April 1st and October 1st. Junior players are required to complete play at all 9 member golf course in Greene County, NY during that period. Prizes include credit gift certificates at any of our member golf courses. Any Junior who finishes the Junior Trail on time is in the drawing for these certificates of $150, $100 and $75 credit. In addition, based on the skill-based component of the Junior Trail the top qualified participant can receive a top-prize based on computerized scoring of a Trip to Chelsea Piers Golf Club in Manhattan. Others can receive rounds of golf at our member courses.
13TH ANNUAL LEGS DIAMON OPEN
For 13 years, Greene International Golf Association and its 9 member golf courses have been able to capitalize on the notoriety of Legs Diamond who maintained a compound in our Catskills. Each year we have taken the profits from this event and used them as matching funds for grants to benefit our youth.
The tournament will be held on Saturday, July 18th, 2015 at
Thunderhart Golf Club 518/634-7816 * www.thunderhartgolf.com
Please call or email ahead to register.
The schedule is:
Noon – 1pm FULL lunch/registration
1:00 – 6:00pm Golf
6:00 -- 7:00pm cocktail hour/beginning of dinner
Entertainment: 5:30 – 8:30pm
Top Prizes will be presented. Come have fun for the best cause!
LEGS DIAMOND OPEN REGISTRATION FORM
LEGS DIAMOND OPEN SPONSOR FORM (available soon)
Tech Valley Youth Golf (TVYG) brings to all youth purpose, focus, character, fair play, the value of hard work and the benefits of team interaction --- all skills that will serve them well throughout their life. TVYG is also dedicated to bringing the character-building game of golf to those who otherwise could not afford it.
If you know of a company, organization or association that would like to help with this not for profit 501c3 effort, please click here.
Gene McGrath, Ex.Dir.
Tech Valley Golf