March 6th 2018
Glenview, Ill. –
The Illinois PGA Section, leader in supporting the growth of the game across the state, today announced an alliance with Junior.Golf, the leading industry platform for player engagement, to give Illinois PGA golf professionals tools for increasing golf participation in 2018.
The Illinois PGA and Junior.Golf will align resources to integrate the Junior.Golf platform across the more than 300 facilities and 600 golf professionals throughout the Section. Through the partnership, Illinois PGA members will have a customized platform that connects parents, players and families with youth and adult programming at the facility and across the network of Illinois PGA alliance partners. Through the platform, all golfers will have a single resource to connect with local, regional and national golf programs.
“With the increased influence of technology in the sport, we are committed to supporting Illinois PGA members with tools that give them a competitive advantage to grow their business and increase the number of golfers playing in Illinois,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA and Illinois PGA Foundation.
In today’s society, golfing families use technology in all aspects of their busy lives, and the Junior.Golf platform gives the Illinois PGA members a simple solution to manage their business and communicate with their members and students.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to support PGA Professionals with tools to grow their business, service their players and grow the game. We are excited to innovate with the Illinois PGA to support their members to accomplish their financial and grow the game goals,” said Jason Black, Chief Executive Officer of Junior.Golf.
Junior.Golf, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a technology and marketing company focused on driving innovation in the golf space through investment in technology and business processes. Junior.Golf has an integrated platform that consists of a mobile application, portal technology and, a digital kiosk to gamify the learning for players, provide a roadmap for parents, and an “Easy Button” for golf professionals. Junior.Golf has partnered with Callaway Golf to identify innovative grow-the-game strategies. In 2016, Callaway and Junior.Golf teamed up to launch Junior.Club and provide young players with best-in-class junior golf clubs, starting at $12 per month. The company is supported by Callaway Golf, Annika Sorenstam, Joe Ogilvie, and many top national golf leaders. Brands associated with the company – www.junior.golf; www.junior.club; www.weegolf.com.
About the Illinois PGA/Illinois PGA Foundation
The Illinois Section of the PGA of America is a professional organization serving the men and women golf professionals in northern and central Illinois who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf. The Illinois PGA is responsible for the administration of competitive golf tournaments, educational opportunities, support programs and growth of the game initiatives. With over 840 members and apprentices, the Illinois PGA is one of the 41 regional Sections that comprise the PGA of America. The Illinois PGA Foundation focuses its community efforts on promoting the goodwill and growth of the game with an emphasis on activities that benefit youth. Foundation initiatives include: GolfWorks Illinois, Youth-based Scholarship Funds and the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. For more information about the Illinois PGA and the Illinois PGA Foundation, please visit www.ipga.com and join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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