Callaway Golf and Top-Flite announced a partnership with New York's City Parks Foundation to become the official equipment sponsor of the CityParks Junior Golf Center. Callaway Golf CEO George Fellows will join New York State and City officials for opening ceremonies at the Junior Golf Center on June 6.
The state-of-the-art Center is the first comprehensive facility of its kind in the nation, completely free of cost to participants, and open only to juniors ages 6 to 17. Located next to the Dyker Beach public golf course in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the Center provides New York City youth with opportunities to learn the game of golf from beginner to advanced levels, making available a sport that has been difficult for urban youth to access.
Callaway and Top-Flite will be donating all equipment and golf balls to the facility that will serve thousands of junior golfers annually. Callaway will provide its XJ Series(TM) Junior Sets which includes the XJ Odyssey 2-Ball Putter and incorporates the same technological and innovative advancements that has been put into the X Series for adults. Top-Flite will be donating a wide array of value and premium golf balls that incorporate its signature Dimple In Dimple Aerodynamics. In addition to equipment, Callaway will also be providing golf clothing and gloves to children and staff at the Center.
“Callaway Golf and Top-Flite are thrilled to take part in this important initiative to grow the game through the next generation of golfers,” said George Fellows, President and CEO Callaway Golf. “As someone who grew up in New York City, I know first hand how difficult it is for city kids to learn and gain access to this great game.”
The CityParks Junior Golf Center will offer free, challenging programs to develop well-rounded players who can play for the rest of their lives. All participants will become automatic members of the Center, enjoying benefits including free use of the facility and equipment, and invitations to special events.
“The CityParks Junior Golf Center will be the cornerstone of our CityParks Golf program, which begins teaching kids about golf in neighborhood parks across the city,” said City Parks Foundation Executive Director David Rivel. “The CityParks Junior Golf Center will give New York City's kids a chance to develop into advanced golfers, with the potential to earn college scholarships, while enjoying the outdoors, learning sportsmanship, and developing skills that translate for life off the course.”
The CityParks Junior Golf Center will consist of a six-hole golf course, a 9,875 square foot practice putting green, a 9,075 square foot chipping green, a 8,100 square foot sand trap, a nine-station covered driving range, a 4,275 square foot Clubhouse Learning Center with classroom space, and full-time instructors, directed by PGA professional Gregg Gaulocher.