WXXI Local Stories
5:54 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

PGA Professionals Swing Their Clubs for Local Teens

The game of golf can teach young people a lot about life. That's according to Scott Kemic, the senior director of the PGA Foundation.

"You play by yourself. You call penalties on yourself. You interact with people. It's always been about camaraderie," Kemic says. "To provide youth the opportunity to ...  really have a positive impact on their lives through the values of what it [golf] teaches you. The life skills of honesty, integrity and building character."

On Monday, PGA of America hosted a charity event at Oak Hill Country Club to help underprivileged youth golf programs and the physically challenged.

PGA professionals from Rochester's East and West Side YMCAs played on teams with past and present "Reach for the Green" Scholarship recipients in the inaugural NY PGA REACH Pro AM on Oak Hill's East Course. Teams consisted of one professional and 4 amateurs.

"We're using today's fundraiser to help support some of those local community initiatives to really have a sustainable impact on the community here in Rochester," says Kemic.

The PGA tournament runs from August 5th through the 11th.