The Indiana Golf Foundation was established in 1994 as a shared vision of the Indiana Golf Association and the Indiana Section PGA. For fourteen years the Indiana Golf Foundation has continued to provide quality and affordable playing opportunities for the junior golfers in our state, introduce the game of golf and its inherent life lessons to kids through the Gongaware Junior Golf Academy, and provide scholarships to Indiana high school seniors attending college.
With much appreciation to The Gatekeepers Society, the Foundation will be debt free by 2011. The Indiana Golf Foundation is now Honoring Tradition, Securing our Future by raising money for a 2 million dollar endowment fund. The proceeds from this fund will be used to fund new and continued programming opportunities for Indiana youth.
The Indiana Junior Golf Tour began in 1987 with 10 events and 200 kids. Today, the program has grown to three separate tours and encompasses 75 events that reach nearly 1,500 junior golfers across Indiana. The tournaments are open to young golfers between the ages of 8 and 18.
The Academy operates under the mission of Teaching Life Lessons Through the Game of Golf. Over 600 junior golfers attend camp at the Academy annually, and over 20% receive full tuition scholarships.
Since 1996 the IGF and David E. Simon Scholarship programs have awarded over $230,000 to Indiana high school seniors to continue their education. In addition to college scholarships, the Foundation offers financial assistance for those who cannot afford to attend the Academy. One important component to the Academy Scholarship program is that those who attend on scholarship are guaranteed a place to play golf until they are 18 years old.
While we are proud of this success, we are limited in the number of junior golfers that we can accommodate during the summer season. Our goal is to expand our camp opportunities to multiple satellite sites around the state. The satellite programs would offer two-day, day damps. By taking the Academy programs to various parts of the state, we can reach a larger number of deserving kids. The satellite camps will operate with a condensed version of the Gongaware Academy curriculum and will focus on serving more economically disadvantaged youth.
With Academy programs running at 100% capacity, the time will come when capital improvements will need to be made to continue to enhance the overall camp experience. Plans are being made for improvements to the Dye Course (the Foundation's par 3 course), as well as updates to our short game practice area and our indoor teaching facility. Long-term plans will include adding indoor hitting and putting areas to the Indiana Golf Office facility. In addition, the Foundation needs to have a fund in place to take care of future building repairs and maintenance costs as they arise.
Our goal to enhance scholarship opportunities is to increase the scholarship support being provided to both high school seniors and camp attendees in order to give more Indiana youth the chance to learn the game of golf and continue their education.
Several naming opportunities are available for those interested in giving a long lasting tribute to an individual, company or organization. Naming opportunities include dorm rooms, individual offices, and the dining and recreation room. These naming opportunities range from $10,000 to $250,000 and can be spread over a 3-5 year time period.
Requires a $5,000 commitment and the donor is recognized on a donor plaque located in the entryway to the Indiana Golf Office.
Requires a $10,000 commitment and the donor receives an engraved block at the entrance of the Indiana Golf Office, as well as recognition on the donor board.
Requires a $25,000 commitment and the donor will receive a large limestone block at the entryway to the Indiana Golf Office, as well as recognition on the donor board.
Requires a $50,000 commitment and includes an inscription on a marble tee marker on the Dye Course - the Foundation's par 3 course, as well as recognition on our donor board.