Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Golf Notebook; Topgolf Launches Program for Charities

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Golf Notebook; Topgolf Launches Program for Charities

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Byline: Garry Smits

The relationship between the PGA Tour, LPGA and Topgolf got off to an important start last Sunday as five Topgolf locations, including Jacksonville, hosted the first Junior Play event for juniors between the ages of 6 and 17 who are members of a First Tee chapter or LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.

Other Junior Play days were held at Topgolf locations in or near Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Atlanta. PGA Tour Charities hosted the events. PGA and LPGA professionals gave the junior players instruction as part of the day.

The organizations used the occasion to announce that Topgolf is offering free play to charitable groups committed to youth leadership and mentorship, as well as to high school golf teams. The free play will be offered from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all 31 Topgolf locations nationwide.

Sessions must be scheduled 72 hours in advance and are subject to availability. Scheduling can be done on line at topgolf.com/giving.

"Topgolf is having tremendous success attracting golfers and non-golfers alike," PGA Tour executive vice president and chief marketing officer Ty Votaw said in a statement. "Collectively, this speaks to the commitment of our respective organizations to grow our sport."

Topgolf, the PGA Tour and the LPGA announced a strategic alliance during last year's Players Championship to create new participants and enhance playing experiences thought event and media initiatives.

"You don't have to play an 18-hole course to enjoy golf," said Topgolf Entertainment Group co-chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. "Part of reaching the next generation of golfers means making the sport fun and accessible to everyone."

EPILEPSY SHOOTOUT SET AT PALENCIA

Jeff Klauk's Athletes vs. Epilepsy $1 million Shootout will be April 10 at the Palencia Club. The proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation.

The format calls for five-player groups to play nine holes at Palencia that will be set up as par-3s and nine holes as regulation. …

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