The PGA of America and USGA began a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America in 2010. With hope to implement curriculum that would teach basic golf skills along with character and life lessons, five-week PGA Medalist courses for teens started around the country.
Thanks to the efforts made by the City of Elgin, IL, the program has been localized for 15 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin this year.
Over the span of five weeks, the group, ages 11-17, visited all three Elgin courses—Bowes Creek Country Club, The Highlands of Elgin, and Wing Park—to learn how to putt, chip, swing as well as being educated on several lessons in life. Each week featured on overall theme, such as balance and control, acceptance, respect, honor and moral code.
Bowes Creek Country Club teaching professionals John Esposito and Kurt McCullum worked alongside Lehman, who acts as Head Golf Professional at the club, to come up with themes that supported elements of golf as it relates to life and their own personal experiences.