The Family Golf Challenge


The Family Golf Challenge is an amateur skills competition designed to introduce more women and children to the sport of golf. With a strategic focus on providing families with a sports and leisure-time activity that brings the family together, the event also gets them involved in a charitable cause.

Whether you are an avid golfer or are new to the game, the program has been designed to engage the family unit in a fun, rewarding and philanthropic experience.  

  • Long Drive and Putting Challenges
  • Two-Person Teams Comprisedfor Adults & Juniors (12 Categories)
  • Singles in Three Different Age Groups (6 Categories)
  • 18 Individual Categories

This new tournament format was developed by Managing Partners Bill Carroll, John Carroll and Jon Clay in 2011.
The tournament mission is to:

  1. Engage amateur players of all economic and ethnic backgrounds in a challenging, fun and philanthropic golf experience.
  2. Target the "Core Golfer" as a means to attract more women and children into the sport.
  3. Support the PGA of America's GOLF 2.0 industry initiative:GROWING THE GAME - Friends, Family, Fun!
  4. Retain and Strengthen the Golfing Core
  5. Engage "Lapsed" Golfers
  6. Drive New Players
  7. Enhance and leverage the United States Golf Association's "For the Good of the Game" mission.
  8. Strategic focus on growing the game as defined by the # of rounds played.
  9. Capitalize upon a distinct market niche and untapped segment as a means to broaden and stimulate participation.

 Level of Success

  • A unique opportunity exists within the sport of golf at the amateur level to stimulate growth and broaden demographic participation.
  • A national golf competition comprised of live "skills challenges" featuring the rudiments of the game: initially driving and putting.
  • Strategic focus: target and engage teams comprised of 2 family members i.e. father/son, mother/daughter, uncle/niece, etc.

Event Model

  • Two seperate Challenges: Long Drive & Putting.
  • Twelve (12) individual categories of Teams.
  • Male & Female Singles in six (6) categories.
  • Entry-Fee = $10.00 per Challenge.
  • Unlimited Re-entries = $5.00 per Challenge.
  • Competition open during PGA TOUR tournament play (Thursday-Sunday).
  • Winners in eighteen (18) categories win prizes.
  • 100% of each entry-fee donated to designated Local Chapter of The First Tee.



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