ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) –
This summer St. Louis is hosting of some of the best golfers in the world for the 100th PGA Championship, but every summer in St. Louis there is an organization working hard with kids and teens, the possible future pros of golf.
The Golf Foundation of Missouri is a non-profit that started back in 2004.
"Our goal is to give kids the opportunity that never would have been able to experience the game," said Andrew Belsky, the executive director of the foundation and head coach.
The foundation makes golf accessible to all young men and women in the St. Louis area by providing free equipment, lessons and lunches four days a week, all summer long at Highland Golf Course in Forest Park.
"Over the years we’ve probably raised just over a million dollars," said Belsky.
Lundyn Whitfield and Tom Nguyen started playing with the Golf Foundation of Missouri when they were 7-years-old.
"I was like any 7-year-old that was hyper and really arrogant and a know it all," said Nguyen, but today these two credit golf for teaching them important life lessons, besides the athleticism.
"The game of golf has taught me a lot of patience," said Nguyen.
"You have to have good sportsmanship, you have to communicate," said Whitfield.
When the hundreds of kids between the ages of 7-18 show up all week, they get one-on-one coaching on the courses, but they also have classroom activities, that include crafts and practicing their putting.
"It makes my heart feel really good," said Jim Holtgrieve, who’s on the board for the Golf Foundation of Missouri.
He says this is just the beginning of what they hope to give back to young golfers in St. Louis.
"It’s my goal that we would try to get enough funds that maybe we could provide some scholarships for some of our youth."
If you want to donate to the Golf Foundation of Missouri, click here: http://www.golffoundationofmo.com/donate/.
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