SCPGA gives clubs to Esperanza, El Modena

Four golfers from Esperanza High in Anaheim and four more from El Modena High in Orange received new sets of Wilson golf clubs as part of the Southern California PGA Foundation’s ClubsForeYouth program.

To date, more than 30 sets of clubs have been distributed to players from several high schools in Southern California, with another 70 yet to be donated in 2017.

“ClubsForeYouth is creating an opportunity to foster and sustain interest in the game of golf for a lifetime,” SCPGA Foundation Manager Matt Gilson said in making the presentation of the clubs. “These young ladies are building self esteem, character, and friendships that they will cherish for years to come and we’re thrilled to be able to positively impact their lives.”

Said El Modena Coach Kevin Claborn: “A lot of these players are using clubs that are very outdated, and receiving these clubs helps them feel more apart of the team. It’s a guarantee that they will now be more motivated to play and practice.

“I really feel that this contribution will grow the game and allow these girls to play both in high school and beyond into college. I am very grateful and appreciative of the support provided by the SCPGA Foundation.”

Said Grace Edwards: “Receiving these clubs makes me feel excited for the season to come,” and teammate Grace Johnson added: “These clubs are going to help me step up my game to the next level.”

The Girls’ Golf Team at El Modena High was holding its first practice of the season at Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana when Gilson presented the clubs to four players.

“I’m very happy about receiving these clubs from the SCPGA Foundation,” Natasha Hernandez said. “I’ve never really had the chance to play golf before and I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun.”

Teammate Zoey Bentley added: “I am very grateful and excited to receive these clubs. I can’t wait to experience the game and test out each club on the course in competition.”

The goal of the ClubsForeYouth program is to fully equip underprivileged youth with resources to foster and sustain their development in golf.

ClubsForeYouth plans to donate more than 225 sets of clubs by next year.

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