More and more golfers are expected to tee it forward and have more fun while playing golf this summer thanks to the support of The PGA of America (PGA) and United States Golf Association (USGA). Initially introduced for a two-week period in 2011, Tee It Forward, which encourages golfers to have more fun by playing from tees that better align with their ability, is now a year-round initiative with a special focus in June.
During the month, more than 2,400 registered facilities around the country will be actively promoting playing from new tees and hosting special events designed to encourage golfers to play from shorter distances. Participating facilities and more information can be found at PlayGolfAmerica.com/teeitforward.
“Tee it Forward addresses many of the issues that impact the game of golf. By having golfers tee off from the appropriate teeing areas, they will have more fun and play faster,” said USGA President Glen Nager. “While we have promotional activities around this effort during June, we would like to see all golfers tee it forward throughout the year. It’s a great way to play the game.”
Discussion on the topic of Tee It Forward continues to be so prevalent that The PGA and USGA have created a sweepstakes for those who share their comments after teeing it forward. Between now and July 31, 2012, golfers can go here to post their comments and be entered for a chance to win the grand prize of two weekly grounds tickets for the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club. First runner-up receives two tickets to the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club and second runner-up wins two tickets to the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.
“With Tee It Forward, our PGA Professionals are simply asking golfers to move to the appropriate tee box so they have an opportunity to hit shorter irons into the greens,” said PGA President Allen Wronowski. “Golf can be much more fun when you are hitting 7-irons, instead of less-lofted irons and woods.”
In addition to sharing comments on the Play Golf America website, The PGA and USGA are also asking golfers to tweet about their Tee It Forward experiences through a special Twitter page.
During the 2011 two-week promotion, more than 1,900 golf courses had an average of 123 golfers per facility (nearly 237,000 nationwide) playing from forward tees. A survey of more than 3,000 consumers who experienced the program showed that 70 percent found their round of golf more enjoyable and more than 90 percent said they would recommend Tee It Forward to a friend. The survey also found nearly 50 percent of respondents believed the program helped them play faster.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus, PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson and LPGA Tour player Paula Creamer serve as spokespersons for Tee It Forward.