YOC participant Sebastian Crampton – alternate in U.S. Open

Youth on Course participant Sebastian Crampton made the golf world buzz during U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at TPC Harding Park Monday morning. The sixteen-year-old Pacific Grove resident had a share of the 18-hole lead after his first round 6-under 66. Crampton’s second round of 1-over 73 put him one stroke away from potential qualification. Instead, he sits as second alternate for the U.S. Open field.

YOC announces $50k in college scholarships for 2012

Scholarships are available to all Northern California high school seniors who will attend a four-year college or university and are Youth on Course members.

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Teaching life skills through golf (Contra Costa Times)

Oakland Tribune Columnist Tammerlin Drummond recently wrote an article about Sistas on the Links and the Richmond Youth on Course Program. The article details the impact the program is having on the community and the Richmond Country Club.

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Letter from Paul Morton, NCGA Foundation President

Dear NCGA Members,

Five years ago, everything I knew about the NCGA fit in my back pocket it was the card that had my handicap on it.

Today, I have a much better sense of our Association, which provides a range of member benefits and competitive opportunities a roster second to none, as you might expect from one of the largest regional golf associations in the country.

Here’s something you might not expect: the NCGA Foundation, operating as the charitable arm of the Association, is changing lives. That’s right-no hyperbole here-we have already reached some 30,000 kids, using golf to offer development opportunities to deserving youth. And kids are saying “yes” to that opportunity. It’s all under the umbrella of our program, Youth on Course.

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NCGA Foundation Pro-Am (Spyglass Hill GC)

The NCGA Foundation held its ninth annual Pro-Am on Friday, August 19 at Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach. Proceeds from the Club Car-sponsored event will help youth in Northern California develop life skills and values though the Foundation’s Youth on Course program.

Unlike other youth golf programs, Youth on Course focuses on an entire continuum of services that allows participants to play affordably while building self-esteem through clinics, mentoring, internships and scholarships. The Foundation also partners with local organizations to identify youth in underserved communities that rarely have the ability to experience outside educational and recreational opportunities.

Four-man teams were paired with a local professional in a modified shamble format in which each team selected the best drive of all five members. Each individual then played his or her own ball from there through the completion of the hole.

The participants were introduced to Sebastian Crampton and Skyler Finnell, two of the Foundation’s Youth on Course members who have taken on a mentor role for other deserving youth. Crampton and Finnell hit tee shots of the par-3 twelfth and fifteenth holes respectively and teams had the option of playing the mentor’s ball. Crampton is one of the state’s top junior golfers and made the round of 16 in the NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship held this week at Spyglass Hill.

The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund team won the Pro-Am gross title with a 60. Team members included Ken Flax, Stephen Jaeger, Doug Goldman, David Friedman and professional Mitch Lowe. Viking Steel finished second, two strokes back. Dan Hansford, Bob Nebozuk, Steve Berg, Brian Morse and professional Eric Mina made up the Viking Steel team.

The Assurant Employee Benefits team captured the net title, posting a 51 with the aid of professional Chris Bitticks. Team members were Josh Brewster, Fred Cook, Tom Hughes and Jim Bice. The Water Klip Group, whose team members included Weldon Wasson, Mike Hexner, Mark Rosen, Tim Stevens and professional David Halldorson, took second after carding a 53.

Mitch Lowe fired a 68 to win the professional division. Rick Leibovich netted second place with a 71 while Eric Mina was third with a 72.

1st Place (Gross)

Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund

Ken Flax, Stephen Jaeger, Doug Goldman,

David Friedman, and Mitch Lowe

2nd Place (Gross)

Viking Steel

Bob Nebozuk, Dan Hansford, Eric Mina,

Brian Morse, and Steve Berg

1st Place (Net)

Assurant Employee Benefits

Josh Brewster, Fred Cook, Tom Hughes,

Chris Bitticks, and Jim Bice

2nd Place (Net)

Water Klip

Weldon Wasson, Mark Rosen, Tim Stevens,

David Halldorson, and Mike Hexner

Peter Hay Clinic

YOC Clinics

Poppy Hills hosts YOC Clinic
July 13, 2011

PEBBLE BEACH – This week the NCGA Foundation is partnering with the Friendship Baptist Church of Seaside at Poppy Hills Golf Course, providing golf instruction for deserving youth.

YOC kids learning how to hit a bunker shot

The event is held from 10:00-1:00 each day with foundation staff members, Poppy Hills’ staff and Friendship Baptist leaders coordinating the event. Trained Hills’ golf professionals are providing the golf instruction, while others highlight life skills training.

The weeklong event is just one of seven different Youth on Course clinics held throughout the calendar year.  Youth on Course partners with a community leader and a golf course for each event and subsequently organizes a date for participation.

“The main objective of these clinics is to expose kids, who otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to interact with successful adults to teach them life skills and values,” said Adam Heieck, the executive director of the NCGA Foundation.

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Nature Valley First Tee Open

Don’t miss your opportunity to get INSIDE the ROPES at this year’s Nature Valley First Tee Open! This year Nature Valley steps in to the title sponsor role and will be welcoming 78 great juniors to the Monterey Peninsula for the experience of their lifetime at the 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open as volunteer caddies. E-mail Barry Phillips at bphillips@thefirstteemc.org for more information.

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Small Grants Program



Applications are now being accepted to the NCGA Foundation’s Small Grants Program (SGP). Click here to submit your application. This program is designed to provide a one-time granting opportunity for organizations and programs engaged in youth development through golf. Grantees will receive nominal levels of support for unique or unexpected situations or scenarios. The Small Grants Program will provide grantees with a one-time award ranging from $100 to no more than $2,500.

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AT&T National Pro-Am Auction

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