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 Hook A Kid On Golf
Program Overview

Featured and aired on the Golf Channel’s Golf in America segment Monday, November 14, 2011.


The mission of Hook A Kid On Golf is to provide communities with a comprehensive youth golf program that eliminates all the obstacles that discourage youngsters from learning and continuing to play golf while instilling in them an understanding of golf's rules, etiquette and history.

Hook A Kid On Golf provides communities with three levels of curriculum and all the tools necessary to accomplish an organized youth golf program.  These tools include providing quality equipment, affordable instruction, a structured system to learn how to play the game on the course and finally, a format for play that includes competition but stresses fun and learning.

In 1999, in an effort to test skills and unite Jr. golfers from across America the Traditions of Golf Challenge was created.  This unique two-day tournament format combines playing scores with history and golf knowledge.


Hook A Kid On Golf
is America's most comprehensive national youth golf program.  The goal of Hook A Kid On Golf is for golf to eventually be offered in every community in America giving youngsters participating in youth sports such as baseball, basketball, football and soccer the same opportunities to participate in the great game of golf.

Facts and History

  • Hook A Kid On Golf was piloted in 1990 at Emerald Dunes Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Bob Murphy, Champions Tour player and former NBC Golf Analyst, has been the Hook A Kid On Golf National Spokesperson since its inaugural year.
  • Hook A Kid On Golf is generously supported by the United States Golf Association and the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois
  • Since its inception, Hook A Kid On Golf Programs have been conducted in over 250 communities and have introduced more than 75,000 kids to the game of golf

National Awards

  • 1994 PGA Tour’s Card Walker Award
  • 1993 Golf Digest Youth Development Award

Don Springer Award - Site of the Year

2012- Birch Ridge Golf Association, Soldotna, Alaska
2011- Gulfport PAL, Gulfport, Mississippi
2010- Peoria Park District, Peoria, Illinois
2009- Lake Arbor Golf Academy, Mitchellville, Maryland
2008- Essex Parks and Recreation, Essex Jct., Vermont
2007- Heritage YMCA, Aurora, Illinois
2006- Aiken Junior Sports Association, Aiken, South Carolina
2005- Wadsworth Recreation, Wadsworth, Ohio
2004- Town of Hamburg, Hamburg, New York
2003- Harrison Moose Lodge, Harrison, Michigan
2002- Sundance Golf Course, New Braunfels, Texas
2001- Marc Heidkamp, Prospect Heights, Illinois
2000- Donald Coleman, Richmond, Virgina
1999- Vince Gray, Glendale, Arizona
1998- Leanne Crawley, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1997- Scott Whitaker, Leawood, Kansas
1996- Frank Seitz, Derby, Kansas
1995- Joe Rosselli, Brunswick County, North Carolina
1994- Sam Abrams, Detroit, Michigan
1993- Gene McNabb, Scarborough, Maine
1992- Mick Renneisen, Bloomington, Indiana

National New Site of the Year

2013- Fon du Lac (Ill.) Park District
2012- Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit, Leesburg, Virginia
2011- Childer’s Family YMCA, Waycross, Georgia
2010- Palm Beach Par 3, Palm Beach, Florida
2009- South Shore Junior Golf Association, Chicago, Illinois
2008- Schenectady Municipal Junior Program, Schenectady, New York
2007- Fort Kent Golf Club, Fort Kent, Maine
2005- City of Palm Bay, Pal Bay, Florida
2004- Pottstown P.A.L., Pottstown, Pennsylvania
2003- Lexington P.A.L., Lexington, Kentucky
2002- Generacion 2000, Cuernavaca, Mexico
2002- Egg Harbor Township PAL, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey


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