PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2016) – The Michigan PGA Section and its work with the Midnight Golf Program, developed by Detroit native Reneé Fluker and the PGA of America, will be spotlighted on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program on Saturday, Feb. 27 in celebration of the PGA of America’s Centennial. Click HERE for the link to the video.
The Midnight Golf Program was founded in 2001 through a partnership between Fluker and the PGA of America, prior to the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club located in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.
Michigan PGA Section Executive Director Kevin Helm is a member of the Board of Directors and PGA Professional Glenn A. Pulice coordinates the PGA Professional volunteers throughout the year. Section PGA Professionals volunteer to provide golf instruction to youth who would otherwise never be introduced to the game. In addition, the participants are trained in relevant life skills and given the tools to make it through college and into meaningful careers. All Midnight Golf Program graduates are given a set of golf clubs encouraging them to continue playing the game.
Fluker began with 17 participants in 2001, and to date over 1,400 youth have taken part in the Midnight Golf Program. Of these, more than 1,000 have either completed or are currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs at more than 100 colleges and universities across the country. Midnight Golf Program graduates have gone on to become practicing attorneys, dentists, accountants and more, and many also give back to the program by becoming mentors for the new classes of Midnight Golf Program students. This year, 15 Midnight Golf Program graduates are serving as mentors for the current class of 240 participants.
In celebration of its Centennial, the PGA of America has partnered with Golf Channel to shine a spotlight on all 41 PGA Sections, and their featured programs and initiatives nationwide, led by PGA Professionals. The PGA Section Spotlights are scheduled to air on Golf Channel from Jan. 27–May 4, spanning 100 days in honor of the Centennial.
“In celebrating our Centennial, we want to honor our 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals in all PGA Sections across the country,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “Each day, they’re growing the game and using golf to better lives in their communities, as evidenced by efforts like those of the Michigan PGA Section. We’re very proud of these PGA Professionals and look forward to highlighting their efforts this year.”
The spotlights will run in conjunction with the #ThxPGAPro Centennial celebration social media campaign, where golfers everywhere can post videos, photos and messages in support of their favorite PGA Professionals on ThxPGAPro.com or through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Section Spotlights also will be featured prominently on ThxPGAPro.com.
About the PGA of America
Celebrating its Centennial, the PGA of America represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.
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