LPGA *USGA Girls Golf

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf

Arizona is lucky to have two successful Girls Golf programs, each part of the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf initiative. Through these programs, girls not only learn how to drive, chip and putt, with instruction provided by LPGA and PGA teaching professionals, they also learn rules, etiquette, and course management. Volunteers are on hand to assist with and reinforce the lessons.

Getting instruction at a young age gives our youth a solid foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game, whether they choose to play for fun or at a competitive level. Along the way, they gain confidence and self-esteem, as they discover the value of honesty and integrity, skills that will help them no matter what they choose to do in the future.

LPGA USGA Girls Golf Phoenix and Tucson

Directing Arizona’s Girls Golf programs are two enthusiastic and energetic women, Rose Nehring in Tucson and Cori Alberdi in Phoenix, both are deeply committed to helping young girls succeed. These women work to promote and grow their programs further, offering more girls from all socio-economic backgrounds a chance to experience the game in an enjoyable, girl-friendly environment. They strive to create new events and fresh opportunities, and as an example, Phoenix has recently introduced a “Future Stars Academy” for more advanced players, and has created a colorful “Itty Bitty” golf clinic for 3, 4 & 5 year olds which puts the emphasis on PLAY when playing golf.

One of the wonderful things about LPGA*USGA Girls Golf is how engaged players and former players are with one another. A tournament in Phoenix this summer will see a number of alumni each teaming up with 3 to 4 girls currently in the program for a scramble. In Tucson, many of the girls in the higher levels of the program are earning Community Service Points volunteering at events and mentoring the younger girls. There are many positive outcomes resulting from this interaction. As a way of thanking the older girls, following the event they get to play nine holes with a low handicap adult volunteer, and receive tips on course management, pace of play and club selection. It is a win-win for everyone involved.

LPGA USGA Girls Golf Phoenix and Tucson

So what can you do to help Arizona’s young girl golfers? If you want to volunteer, are able to sponsor or donate to one of the programs, or know a young girl who wants to participate in this fantastic sport, you can always contact the chapter nearest you for more information.

Phoenix Chapter
120 girls
Ages: 3-18
9 skill tiers
About 30 events per year
Upcoming events:
• Mother/Daughter Tournament (May)
• Future Stars Academy Camp (May)
• Father/Daughter Tournament (June)
• Alumni/young girls scramble (Summer)
• Many team and individual stroke play events
• “Itty Bitty Girls Rock” classes for 3, 4 & 5 year olds
Website: GirlsGolfofPhoenix.org
Director: Cori Alberdi

Tucson Chapter
52 girls
Ages: 7-17
5 skill tiers
About 24 events per year
Upcoming events:
• Mother/Daughter Tournament (May)
• Father/Daughter Tournament (June)
• “Super Girls Golf Day” (November) Free. Open to girls of all skill levels ages 7 to 17. Features golf instruction by PGA and LPGA pros, chipping and putting contests, & more
• Holiday Tournament (December)
Website: GirlsGolfofTucson.org
Director: Rose Nehring

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