Q: When was the SFPGA Foundation created?
A: The SFPGA Foundation was created in 2004 to support junior golf, scholarships, education and charitable gifting. Since its inception the Foundation has grown over 460% impacting the lives of more than 8,000 individuals throughout the south Florida community.
Q: What is the mission of the SFPGA
A: The mission of the South Florida PGA Charitable Foundation is to support and conduct junior golf programs, grant scholarships, and provide charitable gifts for the South Florida community utilizing the 1800 PGA professionals of the South Florida PGA to support these efforts.
Q: What programs operate under the umbrella of the Foundation?
A: Charitable Gifting – Annually countless charities in south Florida receive grants from the SFPGA Foundation to help support their programming, including but not limited to various junior golf associations.
Scholarships – Annually three deserving students receive grants to assist with their college tuition
Smiling Fore Life – Created in 2010 this a program encouraging SFPGA Professionals to visit local children’s hospitals weekly. These visits help bring golf into children’s lives who may be experiencing hardship, and allows children an opportunity to forget about their challenges and enjoy a fun and new activity. In addition to the great benefits
the program provides to the children it also affords SFPGA Professionals the opportunity to get more involved in the local community.
PGA Hope – New in 2015, PGA Hope is a program designed to provide local military veterans with an opportunity to learn the game of golf as form of rehab from local PGA Professionals.
Habitat for Humanity – Annually the Foundation financially supports one home build/refurbishment for Habitat for Humanity. PGA Professionals are asked to volunteer their time to help with these projects as a means of getting more involved in the community.
SFPGA Junior Challenge & Championship Tours -Two premiere membership-based junior golf programs providing competitive and fun tournament experiences for golfers with the aspirations and skill levels to compete at the high school and collegiate levels.
SFPGA Prep Tour – The Junior Prep Tour is our entry level tour for junior golfers from ages 9-18 who are looking to make the jump from Team Golf and other entry level junior programs to the next level of competition.
SFPGA Team Golf – A fun, less stressful approach to tournament golf for junior golfers ages 6-14 with beginning level golf experience which provides PGA Professionals and apprentices an opportunity to grow their clientele by fielding a team.
Q: How are funds raised to support these programs?
A: The SFPGA Foundation annually conducts two Pro-Am’s to support Foundation activities throughout the year. These events serve as the Foundation’s primary fund raising activities thanks to the support of our corporate partners; Hertz and Tire Kingdom. Outside of golf events, funds are raised through public, corporate and member donations. The Foundation is extremely fortunate to have great friends in the community who believe in the mission and annually look to support our cause.
Q: How can you get involved?
A: Individuals can volunteer at a Junior Golf event or assist on a Habitat for Humanity home build day. Outside of volunteering time individuals can participate in one of the two Pro-Am’s held annually, host a Team Golf team or conduct a fund raiser through PGA Golf Day.