Here are the organizations that sponsor us at GNGG! We thank you so much for your support! Our sponsors include The New Jersey State Golf Association, The New Jersey Professional Golf Association, The Women’s Golf Association of New Jersey, The EWGA of Northern New Jersey and Galloping Hill Golf Course.
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How It All Began
The LPGA (Ladies’ Professional Golf Association) started the program in 1989 to introduce girls 7-17 years old to the game of golf. The LPGA and USGA partner to offer grant funds to sites around the country on an annual basis. Greater Newark Girls Golf is a program of Renaissance Junior Golf, Inc. Our local partner is Union County who supports the program through in-kind contributions. All adults except for the PGA professionals are volunteers.
We are one of over 250 sites across the United States and celebrated our ten - year anniversary in 2015 with an enrollment of 65 girls. Our program runs from May through July at Galloping Hills Golf Course Golf Course in Kenilworth, New Jersey. Jeff Collins, PGA and Debbie O’Connell, LPGA and their group of PGA golf instructors and volunteers instruct the girls in both golf and life skills that will benefit them off and on the course. Each week these principles are reinforced through golf instruction. The classes at Galloping Hill are taught at The Learning Center with 52 stalls, 20 of which are covered and heated, 46,000 square feet of putting and chipping areas, practice bunkers and a 9 hole practice course. This gives the girls an introduction to the game in a setting designed specifically for instruction. On course instruction on the 9 –hole course is available for advanced players as well as a Pitch and Putt league at Ash Brook Golf Course in June and July. Participation is based on assessment and enrollment.
Our girls receive instruction on golf equipment as well as rules & etiquette of the game. We split our girls into groups so the girls get quality time with the golf professionals and plenty of time on the practice range, putting green and the golf course.
The Speaker's Program introduces the girls to mentors in all aspects of the golf industry.