The LPGA Foundation




1991:     The LPGA Foundation is established to support junior golf programs, youth scholarships and financial assistance for members of the golf industry, under the stewardship of Charles S. Mechem, Jr., LPGA Commissioner and first President of The LPGA Foundation.

1991:     The first Urban Youth Golf Program, initially established in 1989 by the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Division in Los Angeles, becomes an initiative of The LPGA Foundation.

1994:     The Junior Girls Golf Club, established in 1989 by LPGA T&CP member Sandy LaBauve, becomes an initiative of The LPGA Foundation and is renamed:  LPGA Girls Golf Club.

1994:     Three additional Urban Youth Golf Programs have been established in Detroit, Portland, OR and Wilmington, DE.

1995:     Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund established and first two recipients selected:  one for the Dinah Shore Scholarship and one for the Dinah Shore Trophy Scholarship award:  $3,000 applied toward recipient’s financial aid package; Dinah Shore Trophy:  $5,000 awarded to the women’s golf team at recipient’s university.

1996:     LPGA Tour Captains program is launched, connecting a Tour player to an LPGA Girls Golf Club site.

1997:     LPGA Girls Golf Club enters into a partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Girl Scouts of the USA.

1999:     The Marilynn Smith Scholarship fund is established, created by LPGA Founder, Marilynn Smith, with support and administrative oversight from The LPGA Foundation.

1999:     The Dr. Dede Owens Golf Education and Research Fund is created in memory of Dr. Dede Owens, a nationally renowned LPGA teaching professional, author and researcher.

2002:     LPGA Girls Golf Club and the USGA enter into an expanded association to further promote and grow girls’ golf, and the future of girls’ golf, in the United States.  The name is changed to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf to reflect this enhanced partnership.

 2003:     The Executive Women’s Golf Association names LPGA-USGA Girls Golf as one of its charities.

2006:     The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is established.

2007:     Dolores Hope donates one million dollars to The LPGA Foundation for the financial assistance fund which is renamed the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative, acknowledging her generous donation.

2009:     LPGA-USGA Girls Golf celebrates its 20th Anniversary as the premier golf program for girls in the United States.

2010:     The Marge Burns Education Grant is established for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals.

2010:     Bank of America becomes first corporate partner to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.

2011:     RR Donnelley Founders Cup played in Phoenix, AZ provides $500,000 to further the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program.  This is the first tournament in the LPGA’s history where tour players donated the entire purse to charity.


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What is Girls Golf?

Girls Golf is a program that reaches 10,000 girls each year, ages 7-17, and teaches them not only how to play the game of golf, but instills life lessons and skills that will help them to face their future as confident and empowered individuals.

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