LINCOLN – The Nebraska Golf Association — in collaboration with Youth on Course, the non-profit organization dedicated to opening doors, supporting dreams and transforming the lives of young people through opportunities on and off the golf course – has experienced a significant rise in junior golf member participation. Together the organizations have helped Youth on Course reach notable milestones including one million rounds completed nationally. Of those, 184,418 have been played in the first two quarters of 2020 alone and 12,488 in the state of Nebraska.
Youth on Course membership in Nebraska has seen a significant surge with more than 1,000 new members joining the Nebraska Golf Association with access to 37 courses across the state. Notable inclusions include all Lincoln and Omaha city courses, Stone Creek GC and Pacific Springs GC in Omaha, Indianhead GC and Jackrabbit Run GC in Grand Island, where rounds start at $5 with a Youth on Course membership. Lincoln’s Jim Ager GC and Omaha’s Eagle Run GC and Stone Creek GC have logged the most rounds in 2020, all totaling over 2,000 rounds.
Committed to making the game more appealing, inclusive and accessible to nurture the next generation of lifelong players and lovers of the game, Youth on Course helps 95,000 young people across North America succeed.
Youth on Course puts their members’ lives on a different trajectory by providing off-course growth and learning experiences including paid internships, a scholarship program and caddying opportunities. In 2020, the organization awarded 19 members with scholarships to support their college dreams. More than 70% of scholarship recipients are minorities and over 42% of scholarships awarded in 2020 were to members set to be the first in their family to attend college. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2008, 260 Youth on Course members have been awarded with scholarships totaling close to $2 million in financial support. The current scholarship retention rate is ninety-three percent.
Fueling the golf industry, Youth on Course subsidizes rounds for members and puts money back into the state organizations and courses. The organization’s structure helps golf courses fill typically unused tee times and garner additional revenue with more than 40% of members playing with paying adults. The amount reimbursed back to participating courses has almost doubled in the past year reaching close to $400,000 this year alone and totaling nearly $8 million dating back to 2005.
From Aug. 10-14, Youth on Course will celebrate #YOCWeek to reintroduce the organization through a rebranding launch and to raise awareness for their life-changing efforts. To learn more about Youth on Course, go to https://www.nebgolf.org/youthoncourse/