SOURCE: The PGA of America

The PGA of America

April 26, 2012 13:11 ET

Welcome to Golf Month Launches in May

Golfers Are Encouraged to Bring Family and Friends Out to Have Fun, While Learning a Game for a Lifetime

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2012) - The PGA of America, Golf Digest and Nike Golf have partnered to launch Welcome to Golf Month in May, a new Play Golf America program evolving from PGA Free Lesson Month. While free 10-minute lessons from PGA/LPGA Professionals are the foundation of Welcome to Golf Month, additional complimentary introductory programs, orientations and Get Golf Ready clinics are also part of the month-long promotion.

More than 1.1 million people have received free 10-minute lessons in May since 1998 when The PGA of America and Golf Digest originally introduced PGA Free Lesson Month, one of the most successful growth-of-the-game initiatives in the golf industry.

"Golf is a game -- a game with a ball and a stick that produces a ton of fun," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "Welcome to Golf Month is the perfect time to get out and give golf a try by taking a free 10-minute lesson or by participating in a free golf clinic. We encourage golfers to bring their family and friends to the course to share in the experience and have a great time together."

Welcome to Golf Month is the perfect time for lapsed golfers to come back to the game; new golfers to try the game; and avid golfers to bring their friends or family to the game. Consumers can find Welcome to Golf Month programs at PlayGolfAmerica.com/wtg and can find a "Beginner's Guide" on how to get started in the game at GolfDigest.com.

"As stewards of this great game, we are pleased to support Welcome to Golf Month," said Golf Digest Chairman & Editorial Director Jerry Tarde. "This month-long celebration of golf is a tremendous opportunity for our game to recruit new players, bring lapsed players back and expose it to the next generation of golfers."

Every golfer who participates in Welcome to Golf Month is encouraged to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a two-day/two-night getaway and golf school at The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla., or two sets of Nike golf clubs.

Welcome to Golf Month is sponsored by Golf Digest, Nike Golf, and the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance.

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