Stevinson Ranch hosted a celebration of the first Youth on Course program on Saturday, capping 20 weeks of lessons and hands on experience from golf pros to Delhi High students. Family and friends were welcomed with an opening ceremony where participants were awarded certificates of completion and Northern California Golf Association cards allowing them to play at local courses at discounted prices.
Those in attendance were also treated with games of KWIK golf, a complementary taco truck, a live band, and access to the 2nd annual Doug Grossarth Memorial Tournament, proceeds of which went to funding another year of Youth on Course.
In the first year in the area, Youth on Course accommodated 55 middle and high school students. Those enrolled in the program were exposed to cross fit training, golf lessons, and internships and were also made eligible for an estimated $50,000 worth of scholarships.
“We had different jobs every week, from the office to the restaurant,” Delhi student and Stevinson intern Ariandy Camacho said. “I enjoyed it all, I really learned a lot.”
After this year’s success Stevinson Ranch and the NCGA are looking to double the number of participants for next year’s Youth on Course program. They are also hoping to expand their influence on other local schools such as Hilmar and Livingston High.