The Los Angeles Country Club Makes Historic Charitable Donation to the SCGA Junior
January 09, 2018
The Southern California Golf Association’s Junior Foundation, which engages local youth in the lifelong benefits of golf, announced today that it had received $250,000 from The Los Angeles Country Club (LACC), one of the largest one-time donations in the history of SCGA and the largest gift from a member club.
Funds for this donation were generated by LACC’s hosting of The Walker Cup Match, a biennial amateur team competition contested by The R&A and USGA at which a U.S. team featuring three SCGA members defeated Great Britain and Ireland 19-7.
“This extremely generous donation promises to help dramatically expand access to youth golf programs across Southern California,” said Kevin Gigax, SCGA Junior’s executive director. “These funds will make a tremendous, long-lasting impact on our operations and our ability to bring golf, education and life skills to young people who would otherwise not have those opportunities.”
This year’s Walker Cup team featured three active SCGA members: Norman Xiong, an avid SCGA Junior participant, along with Collin Morikawa and LACC member Stewart Hagestad.
“This donation will allow the SCGA to introduce thousands of underserved youth to the game of golf here in Southern California, which is what we had in mind when we agreed to host the Walker Cup,” added LACC President Paul Major. “The SCGA Junior programs provide great opportunities to teach life skills that transcend golf.”
Gigax said funds from LACC's history-making gift will be used as a three-year investment to improve and expand junior golf instruction and decision-making curriculum. Specifically, the donation will be used to provide instructors, golf equipment, access and uniforms for youth development training programs.