GILBERT, AZ: Mark Lowry, Founder and President, located in Gilbert, AZ has announced the formation of a partnership between The National Golf Player Development Foundation, (“NGPDF”) and Junior Golf Hub(JGH) to provide NGPDF athletes that are pursuing the development of competitive golf playing skills with a tool to centralize the resources and services pertaining to their journey.
Mr. Lowry, noted, “The collaboration between the NGPDF and the JGH will allow NGPDF members to access a service platform providing tracking of competitive progress and analytics to improve playing, mental and physical development.
He also noted that, “The joint collaboration creates opportunities for :
- Building an informed support team (Player, Parent, Coach and Instructor) to assist the development of the competitive player
- Provide the opportunity for participation in developmental camps and academy situations
- Access to professional services (golf instruction, sports psychology, equipment fitting, etc.)
“We recognize that access and affordability to quality education, golf coaching and competitions are three of the most important factors to a junior athlete’s future success,” says Roger Knick, Founder of The Junior Golf Hub. “In keeping with our mission, we feel a deep responsibility to provide total access to the resources and services of JGH to all junior athletes and parents.”
Lowry noted “The remainder of 2022 will be used to identify and select our initial group of young people to become part of the NGPDF. Our goal is to work to develop the “Player Team” and begin operations early in 2023.”
About The Founder
Mark Lowry’s work and success with instituting a player development system was well documented in the mid-90s when, in 1995, he was selected to create and launch the Chicago Public School’s Elementary school golf training program to feed a struggling High School team program. By 1998, the program began to receive national acclaim as over forty elementary schools were offering after school golf instruction while simultaneously, Mark expanded the high school golf program with growth from nine of the CPS system’s seventy-three high schools to over thirty who competed and advanced from city competition to producing qualifiers at the regional and state level. In 1998, Lowry joined the new industry initiative, The First Tee, where for 20 years he held positions in senior leadership. Lowry played a key role in developing the strategies that would guide the development and operations of the organization from a concept to a nationally recognized youth golf development organization. As Vice President of Network Management, Mark oversaw the development and support of the organization’s eight national regions and over 150 network chapters. These experiences gave rise to the National Golf Player Development Foundation (NGPDF)
Lowry says, “The time has come to support the efforts of the players, parents, organizations and institutions that are working to deepen the competitive player pool of players of color. The NGPDF, through its efforts to secure individual, corporate and industry funding resources and developmental partnerships, will identify deserving young players of color and provide support to individuals, programs and institutions that equally share the goal to increase the competitive player pool representing minority communities.”
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The National Golf Player Development Foundation
THE NATIONAL GOLF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, Is a Not For Profit 501c3 established to create funding sources to create additional funding sources to: 1)Support the development of skilled, competitive male and female golfers of color; 2) Connect aspiring golfers of color with instructors and development programs in their local community; 3) Assist in connecting competitive golfers of color with programs and tournaments that will advance their developmental skills at strategic competitive levels that include junior golf, high school, collegiate and professional and assist with support resources to educate parents, coaches and instructors involved with the development of competitive golfers of color. The NGPDF has established both a governance and advisory board.
The mission of the National Golf Player Development Foundation, is, “To provide unprecedented funding opportunities to programs that provide skill development and playing opportunities to young people of color and connect them to premier experiences in competitive golf.”
Junior Golf Hub, is the leading educational resource and online community for junior golfers, their parents and college coaches, offering a modern, easily accessible website and mobile app that simplifies and streamlines the college golf placement process and player development. JGH provides a one-of-a-kind tool to help players and parents navigate the confusing journey to college golf, while helping college coaches discover and connect with top talent. The Hub is prided on innovation, advanced technology, big-picture thinking and operates at the cutting-edge of the golf industry.
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