Kids Golf Foundation


2016 Boys Mentoring Event – Other Side of the Green

SUGAR GROVE, IL — For many, golf is much more than just a sport. It can be a vehicle to make new friends, a way to grow a player both physically and mentally, and it can be used as a powerful tool in the business world. In a day in age where almost all careers […]

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Annual KGF Event Gives Hands on Mentoring

The Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois (KGF) recently held their 12th annual girls mentoring event “Thinking Outside The Tee Box.” Saturday, October 10, 2015, was a picturesque fall day at Rich Harvest Farms, home of KGF. This event gives junior golfers, ages 11-17, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a 9-hole scramble with a Business Professional […]

Mentoring Events Offers Both Golf & Networking Opportunities

The weather was perfect this past May as 24 local business professionals and youth program participants met for the first time at Rich Harvest Farms for the 7th annual Other Side Of The Green. The mentoring event hosted by the Kids Golf Foundation pairs twelve junior golfers with an adult mentor to enjoy a day of […]

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2015 Palmer Cup Kicks Off With Kids Golf Foundation Junior Clinic Presented by Northern Trust

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Prior to competition for the Palmer Cup, the 2015 field took some time to give back to the Sugar Grove community and the state at large. All 20 players and four coaches took part in the Palmer Cup Junior Clinic Presented by Northern Trust along with more than 130 participants of […]


“We were extremely excited to host the 2015 Palmer Cup. This event is in tune with everything we do here from our Kids Golf Foundation, caddie program, and commitment to amateur golf, as well as being the home of the Northern Illinois University Huskies Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams. Arnold Palmer’s vision for bringing together the highly talented collegiate players with the young caddies and youth in the Junior Clinic is a true culmination of what is most important – growing the game. My team and I couldn’t be happier to have been part of this special event.”

Jerry Rich
Chairman and Owner
Rich Harvest Farms

“Traditions of Golf Challenge is great because my daughter is able to increase her skills while playing with kids her own age. I enjoy watching the teams really get into the tournament and focus their talents on such a great course. Everything about the event is top notch.”

Bridget Rasberry
DuPage AME Church

“The best part of Traditions is playing golf with my teammates. I love to play and course was excellent. The team was so excited when I stuck the ball  on the green on the last hole. It was fun being older and returning to Traditions of Golf Challenge so that I could help my younger teammates.”

Maleigha Williams
Program Participant
Peoria Park District

“Other Side of the Green  is for the kids to talk with someone in the field so they can get a basic understanding of what it is they want to do and what it is they have to look forward to as well as how to further their education.”

Cecil Smith
Business Professional
Other Side Of The Green

“Golf has opened the door for so many new experiences for me, several of which were offered through the Kids Golf Foundation. I started volunteering with the Foundation four years ago and have been able to see the joy young golfers have by participating in events like Thinking Outside The Tee Box.”

Liz Healy
University of St. Francis Student-Athlete

“I really appreciated all the help and advice from my mentor. My favorite part of Thinking Outside The Tee Box was being able to talk to my mentor about things we are both interested in.”

Caroline Smith
Program Participant

“At Traditions of Golf Challenge I learned that golf is not just about how well you can play the game. This event taught me how to prepare for golf in the future, not only with ability but also knowing the rules, history and etiquette. These things are essential when I start thinking about high school golf or becoming a caddy.”

Levi Hanegraaf
Program Participant
South Suburban Home School & Gym Group

“It was a very rewarding experience for me to be a part of Thinking Outside The Tee Box. My partner and I talked about many things, mainly preparation and balance – together, we recognized that there is always time for others, but what’s most important is making time for yourself.”

Adrienne Coleman
Business Professional

“At the Foundation’s Training Session, I was most excited to learn about the funding and grants that are available for the program. People often don’t get involved in these kinds of activities because of the cost – but this is really an accessible opportunity.”

Micheryl Ames
Site Coordinator
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