Jacobsen Youth Initiative | Oregon Golf Association
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The Story:  Erling Jacobsen (father of former PGA Tour professional Peter Jacobsen) believed that golf, at its core, helps nurture values and build strong character.  Erling grew up in Portland, Oregon and was introduced to the game at a young age through his work as a caddie.  Erling felt that golf had become intimidating and even unattainable for beginners and junior players.  For those kids, David Jacobsen and the Oregon Golf Association created the Jacobsen Youth Initiative. 

In 2012, the Oregon Golf Association (OGA), with the support of the Jacobsen family, introduced the Jacobsen Youth Initiative. Under the umbrella of the OGA, the JYI has flourished and has distributed its focus towards mainly towards two different programs:  The Youth on Course program and the Erling Jacobsen Tour.  

Youth on Course:  Youth On Course is a subsidy based program providing youth access to the game of golf for no more than $5 green fees at participating courses. For each $5 round played at a participating golf course in our region, the Jacobsen Youth Initiative & Oregon Junior Golf match an additional $5 and pay that money to the golf courses to help subsidize the program. 

The pilot program for Youth on Course took place in Oregon in 2012. It has now become a national initiative with over 30,000 youth members that can play on over 800 courses throughout the country.  In 2017, the state of Oregon had over 1,000 youth cardholders that could play at over 50 courses in the state. In 2017 alone, the JYI subsidized over 6,000 rounds of golf for Oregon youth through donations of over $40,000. 

Please consider making a donation to allow this amazing initiative to continue its growth.  A single donation of $100 will pay or 20 rounds of golf for Oregon youth!

Erling Jacobsen Tour:  The EJ Tour encourages juniors (ages 7-18) to play different golf courses and play the game in a fun, stress-free environment without competition. This is a great way for junior golfers to meet other juniors and gain lasting friendships. Each event date includes 9 holes of golf, lunch, raffle prizes, and short education on Rules and Etiquette. Caddies are welcome.  All of this costs youth only $10 for Oregon Junior Golf Members.  

The EJ Tour hosts 15 events annually with a goal of reaching over 500 participants in 2018.  

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