Niagara College's PGM Program to adopt two local schools
Students host fundraiser in support of Golf in Schools
Morgan Bell/ Golf Canada
Published on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 03:42PM EST Last updated on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 03:57PM EST
Nothing could have stopped Niagara College’s third year professional golf management students from hosting a successful tournament in support of the Golf in Schools program presented by Callaway, not even Hurricane Sandy.
Close to 50 participants braved sub-zero temperatures, strong winds and heavy rain at The Beechwood Golf and Country Club for the 2nd Annual Niagara College PGM Invitational.
The tournament is something important to the Niagara College professional golf management students and they hope that each third year class in the future will continue the trend.
“This class was inspired because they wanted to improve on what was done a year ago,” said Grant Fraser, a professor of PGM program at Niagara College.
During last year’s event Niagara College raised enough money to adopt Glen Ridge Public School in St. Catherine’s, Ont. After seeing success from their inaugural event, they decided as a program to make the tournament an annual occurrence.
At the 2012 fundraiser students sold raffle tickets, 50/50 and also had a silent auction to raise funds for Golf in Schools. Thanks to their efforts, the Niagara College PGM students have now raised enough money to adopt two schools in their local area and have chosen an elementary school and a high school. Each school will be presented with complete Golf in Schools kit to use in their physical education programs.
The plan is to continue support the Golf in Schools program presented by Callaway in the future, as the students know it’s something that will benefit the longevity of golf in the country and will ultimately get more kids playing and into their industry.
“The students have worked hard, they’ve done two co-ops as part of the program and they’re going to graduate in about three or four months,” Fraser said. “They realize that if they want to work in the golf business that they have to have people playing and we need to grow the game, so this is why Golf in Schools made total sense [for them].”
For more information on the Golf in Schools program click here.