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Indiana Golf Foundation

The Indiana Golf Foundation was established in 1994. The Foundation was the idea of the Indiana Golf Association and the Indiana Section PGA to promote and develop programs dedicated primarily to serving the youth within our state. Today’s youth, more than ever, need an opportunity to develop social skills, self-discipline, perseverance, patience, competitiveness, sportsmanship and fair play. The game of golf gives them an opportunity to learn these skills and more.

Current Foundation programs include:

The First Tee of Central Indiana

In October of 2011, The First Tee Home Office awarded the Indianapolis First Tee Chapter to the Indiana Golf Foundation. The Chapter immediately became The First Tee of Central Indiana, broadening the potential service area to a region from Kokomo to Seymour and Terre Haute to Richmond.

The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Gongaware Indiana Junior Golf Academy

This is one of the premier junior learning facilities in the country.  The Academy has dorm space to accommodate 48 juniors and eight camp counselors for five-day camps.  The building is complete with a dining/recreation room and an indoor teaching area with state-of-the-art video and computer equipment.  Academy participants have access to the Dye Course (the Foundation’s 18 hole Par 3 course, as well as the Legends of Indiana 27 championship holes.  In 2009, just over 600 juniors attended an Academy session with over 100 of those attending on scholarship. 

Indiana Junior Golf Tour

The Indiana Junior Golf Tour began in 1987 with 10 events and 200 juniors.  In 2010, the junior program has grown to three separate tours and will encompass 75 events that will reach nearly 2,000 junior golfers.  The Prep Tour is for juniors 8-12 years of age, the Junior Tour is for juniors 13-18 years of age and the Masters Tour is for juniors with the lowest stroke averages from the preceding year.  All of the Tours provide Indiana junior golfers quality, competitive opportunities but still focus on the basics of the game of golf; rules and etiquette.  Before any junior is allowed to participate in a junior golf tournament, he or she must first attend a rules and etiquette clinic. 

Scholarship Programs

The Indiana Golf Foundation offers two different scholarship programs.  Both scholarships are one-time awards available only to high school seniors who are pursuing a higher education.   

The Indiana Golf Foundation Scholarship award is open to high school seniors who have participated on the Indiana Junior Golf Tour.  Awards are not based on golf ability but on academics, leadership and financial need.  To date, the Foundation has given 57 scholarships totaling over $137,500.

The Foundation also administers the David E. Simon Scholarship.  This scholarship is available to high school seniors who have been employed at an Indiana golf facility in any capacity.  Although the scholarship is based on academics, leadership and financial need, the emphasis is placed on financial need.  Since 1999, the David E. Simon Scholarship has awarded over $120,000 to twenty-six different award winners. 

Indiana Golf Hall of Fame

The Indiana Golf Foundation has the responsibility for overseeing the continued development of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.  There are currently 87 members of this elite group that include Fuzzy Zoeller, Pete & Alice Dye, Mickey Powell, Tom Meeks and Nancy Fitzgerald.  The Foundation continues to seek memorabilia and develop displays to honor these individuals as well as chronicling the history of golf in Indiana.