Junior Golf Celebrating 50 Years in Wichita

The Wichita Junior Golf Foundation is celebrating 50 years of teaching golf to young people in Wichita with the kickoff of their 2024 season.

In 1974, Wichita Junior Golf Foundation programs were started at all City of Wichita public golf courses in the area. Marge and Bob Page, Marilyn Linn, Lila Adamson and Velda Warden worked together to secure access to the courses, approval of the golf pros and developed the framework and financing. Wichita became the first city in the country to have a junior program at the public courses that accepted juniors regardless of ability. It was also the first US city to incorporate a learning program with a competitive program.

Approximately 400 boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 18 enrolled the first year of the program. In subsequent years, before several participating courses formed their own standalone programs, participation was as high as 1,000 juniors annually. It is conservatively estimated that over 26,000 young people have participated in Junior Golf since that time.

Through the ongoing generosity of the Wichita community, the Foundation began a college scholarship program which, over the past five years, has allocated more than $360,000 in scholarships to junior golfers participating in the program. The Foundation continues to run solely by volunteers and supported by the community in partnership with City of Wichita public golf courses.

Registration for the 50th season of Junior Golf opens on Monday, April 1. Residents may visit wichitajuniorgolf.com to learn more or sign up.

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