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2016 Annual Report

A Message from the President of the LPGA Foundation, Nancy Henderson We are doing our part to Change the Face of Golf! The LPGA Foundation continues its commitment “To empower, inspire, and transform the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf.” We do this by:

• Providing girls with quality opportunities to learn and to enjoy the game of golf • Awarding scholarships to young women in golf • Conducting LPGA Leadership Academies • Empowering the next generation of leaders through golf • Providing financial assistance to those in need This year marks the 27th year that LPGA-USGA Girls Golf has been in existence, and the growth in the last six years has been phenomenal, developing from a relatively small program of 5,000 girls to a large entity serving over 60,000 in 2016. We now have the goal of reaching 100,000 girls engaged with the program by 2020. To put this into perspective, this means we will need an increase of over 50% more sites, and a 100% increase in LPGA & PGA professionals to deliver quality experiences and provide outreach that draws girls into the program, not to mention over 100 more facilities to commit to hosting these programs around the country. In addition to the constant communication and support of our local sites, the LPGA Foundation has committed to support these new sites by providing turn key curriculum, need-based grant dollars, and access to appropriate equipment. On behalf of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the LPGA Foundation Board of Directors, I want to thank all of those involved in the success of the LPGA Foundation’s initiatives and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program. With your help, we will continue to inspire Little Girls with Big Dreams to reach their goals and realize their full potential!! Sincerely,


Nancy Henderson


LPGA Foundation and Girls Golf

Who We Are and What We Do

The Case for Girls Golf

• LPGA*USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) is administered in partnership between the LPGA Foundation and the United States Golf Association. • For more than 25 years, Girls Golf has been the only national program of its kind that specializes in providing a girl-friendly, girls-only environment for juniors to learn and play the game of golf. • Girls Golf teaches more than the game of golf; we empower and inspire girls for the game of life through the “Five E’s” of Girls Golf: Empower, Enrich, Engage, Exercise, and Energize. • There are more than 380 Girls Golf sites in communities across the country led by LPGA and PGA Professionals and chapters of The First Tee.

• Why girls only? Studies consistently show that girls reap the biggest rewards when learning in all-girl environments, allowing them to feel more comfortable learning the game in a setting where they are free to be themselves. •

More than 40% of girls drop out of sports all together by the age 14. Participation in sports is linked to better grades and diminished chances for obesity.

Girls Golf programs offer positive learning environments that focus on teaching important life skills specific to girls, including: self-image, finding their voice, leadership/team-building, leading active/healthy lifestyles, and more.

• Junior golf programs, like The First Tee, chapters that offer girlsonly, Girls Golf programming, experience a 50% higher retention rate than those who do not.

Our Philosophy We create experiences that help girls fall in love with the game. Golf is a transformative sport that inherently teaches valuable life skills like honesty and perseverance. As one of the few sports that can be played for life, golf can also enrich lives and open doors for girls who want to play for fun, compete at the highest level, or help advance their future careers. We’ve made it our mission to provide girls with the best chance to fall in love with the game by creating girl-friendly environments to help them learn and thrive. Fun is our hook and once we have the girls’ attention, we help teach them life.

Who We Serve Our life-changing programs and outreach initiatives helped us impact the lives of more than 60,000 girls nation-wide in 2016.

Member Ethnicity Black/African American

Connection to the LPGA Tour Through our connection to the LPGA Tour, LPGA Teaching Professionals and the USGA, we provide role models and an understanding of the rules and history of the game.




Alaskan Native/American Indian

More than 40 members of the LPGA Tour or Symetra Tour started their golf journey at an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, including Brittany Lincicome, Cheyenne Woods, Morgan Pressel, Vicky Hurst, and Kathleen Ekey.


Girls Golf’s LPGA Tour Ambassadors Brittany Lincicome

Stacy Lewis

Tiffany Joh

Lexi Thompson

11% 8% 5%

Lizette Salas


64% 55%



LPGA Leadership Academy »» The LPGA Leadership Academy uses golf as a vehicle to provide a framework for young women to develop their confidence, communication, and leadership skills.

Forty participants receive a scholarship to participate in this unique event which was hosted in two markets in 2016.


»» Group exercises, expert led discussions, journaling and interaction with female executives and mentors help girls discover their unique strengths and leadership style.

“I left so inspired from the activities and from hearing the success stories from the amazing women executives. One of the most powerful acts I brought home with me was the Wonder Woman pose which reminds me to be courageous.”

• We use the game of golf as a platform and learning tool to: »» teach girls how to become better decision makers

- Dani Swaggerty LPGA Leadership Academy Graduate

»» overcome and let go of setbacks »» take calculated risks and “Lean In” »» develop skills to accomplish specific goals »» play their own game and find their own voice 

“I truly feel the LPGA Leadership Academy has changed my life for the better and I thank the LPGA for encouraging girls like me to turn their aspirations into realities by utilizing the leadership techniques that I learned at the Academy.” –Meghna Mazumdar LPGA Leadership Academy Graduate

“I was very shy when I was young and was afraid that people would see or hear me make a mistake. Golf has given me confidence by giving me the chance to do something I love.”

Annika Sörenstam

Program Ambassador & Spokeswoman



2016 January – Annika “Share My Passion” Girls Golf Clinic Forty of Girls Golf’s essay contest winners received a special invitation to join Annika Sorenstam at her Academy in Orlando for an unforgettable clinic.

February – eLeaders Program Launches Girls Golf launches the eLeader program, a new national volunteer and mentorship opportunity for girls ages 13 – 17.

August – Girls Golf “Race to Rio” Events

April – Girls in the Game Spring Clinic Girls Golf hosted our Spring Break clinic for the members of Chicago’s Girls in the Game, helping even more young women discover golf!







To celebrate golf’s return to the Olympic Games, golf professionals across the country signed up to host Girls Golf “Race to Rio” clinics aimed at getting girls energized about the game.



October – Marilynn Smith Charity Pro-Am LPGA Founder Marilynn Smith’s annual golf tournament raised more than $150,000 for the Marilynn Smith Scholarship fund.



November December

June – US Open Community Day with Deloitte Local girls went inside the ropes at the U.S. Open to improve their game, learn lessons in leadership, discover the science behind golf, and work with local Deloitte employees who served as mentors.

July – LPGA Leadership Academy presented by AXA March – Commissioner Mike Whan Sports a Onesie for Girls Golf With the aim of raising funds and awareness for Girls Golf Mike Whan donned a penguin onesie (voted upon by #GivingTuesday donors) on stage at the LPGA Founders Cup press conference.


In partnership with AXA Financial, the LPGA Foundation expanded the LPGA Leadership Academy, hosting programs in New York and California for girls ages 13 – 18.

September – LPGA Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced Thirty outstanding high-school seniors were awarded more than $50,000 in funding from the LPGA Foundation to pursue higher education.

December – Girls Golf Renews Partnership with Girls on the Run Girls Golf continues its national alliance with Girls on the Run, hosting unique introductory events to help introduce their members to the game of golf nationwide.

November – Walk with Sandra and #BirdieChallenge LPGA Player Sandra Gal continued her commitment to growing the game of golf for girls by bringing girls inside the ropes to walk with her during competition and raised pledges for each birdie she made during the CME Group Tour Championship.


Dolores Hope Financial Assistance The LPGA Foundation has a tradition of taking care of its members and others in the golf industry. The Financial Assistance Fund was renamed the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative in 2007 to acknowledge Hope’s generous support of the fund and her long-time friendship with the LPGA. Established in 1991, the fund assists members of the LPGA and others from the golf industry who are destitute or have suffered a sudden or severe financial hardship.

Founding Partners Foundation Scholarships The Dinah Shore Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding female, high school senior who played golf during high school but will not be playing collegiate golf. »» One $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually The Marilynn Smith Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who will be playing golf at the collegiate level. »» (30) $5,000 scholarships were awarded in 2016 to the most highly-qualified candidates. The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is a need-based award given to a high school senior from a recognized minority background who will be playing golf at the collegiate level. »» One $1,250 scholarship is awarded annually.

LPGA Foundation Partners RR Donnelley

Nancy Lopez, Honorary Member


Lynn Connelly, Board Chair

John Deere

Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner

Industry Partners LPGA Tour LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Symetra Tour Masters Tournament Foundation EWGA PGA of America PGA Tour

Allied Organizations

Nancy Henderson, President LPGA Foundation Liz Moore, Board Secretary, LPGA Chief Legal Officer Kathy Milthorpe, Board Treasurer, LPGA CFO Donna Bailey Ron Ciesla Margaret Downey Vicki Goetze-Ackerman Barb Kauffman Jack North Karen Palacios-Jansen

Peggy Kirk-Bell Tour

Sharon Ritchey

Girls on the Run

Allan Tanenbaum

Girls in the Game

Suzanne Townsen

Girls Inc

Christina Zacamy

PowerPlay NYC


LPGA Foundation Board of Directors

Contact Us

100 International Golf Drive Daytona Beach, FL 32124 386-274-6200 /girlsgolf /@lpgagirlsgolf /@girlsgolf

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