Recent college graduate and aspiring law student finds new career coaching youth and bringing programs to community schools and golf facilities
Seattle, WA – TGA Premier Junior Golf, a leading golf industry program that is successfully creating and bringing new golfers ages 3-13 and 25-45 into the sport, continues its national growth with the establishment of a second chapter in Seattle.
Chandler Lewis, a recent graduate of the University of Washington and former head varsity golf coach at Ingraham High School, has partnered with Brad Kirkpatrick in acquiring the geographic rights to the east side of the Greater Seattle area. Kirkpatrick brought the first TGA golf chapter to Seattle in 2013. The duo plans to expand the school-based golf programs in the cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Sammamish.
Lewis had planned to attend law school next fall, but decided to put that on hold and pursue his passion of working with and coaching youth. While applying for coaching jobs in the Seattle area he discovered TGA. He became a coach while he was still in college and quickly discovered the career opportunity that TGA presented.
“Despite my plan to attend law school next fall, I felt that there was no better time to match my passion with a wonderful career opportunity,” said Lewis. “It is amazing at my age to be able to combine my passion for youth with business ownership. TGA is such a wonderful organization that makes golf available and gives kids the opportunity to participate in the lifelong sport.“
TGA (Teach, Grow, Achieve) was developed over 10 years ago as a model to target all demographics while concentrating on households with incomes greater than $50,000, which accounts for 80 percent of the junior golfers in America. There are 41 million kid’s ages 5-18 in the U.S., but only six percent of them currently play golf. TGA is focusing on the 94 percent who don’t play golf as well as their parents who are between the ages of 25-45 (new millennials). Today, TGA has brought over 265,000 juniors into golf while making the sport available to 1.3 million young families nationwide.
“Having a team like Chandler and Brad working together to expand the TGA programs in Seattle is very exciting,” Joshua Jacobs, TGA’s founder and CEO said. “Together they bring a passion and business experience that will not only increase participation but drive revenue and rounds to facilities while bringing thousands of new players and potential clients to area PGA and LPGA Professionals.”
About TGA Premier Junior Golf
TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) is the leading golf industry model involved in developing and bringing new players into golf at the same time members of the baby boomers generation are aging and leaving the game. Its franchise business model, the only one of its kind in the industry, has empowered entrepreneurs and PGA golf professionals nationwide at the grass roots level to activate thousands of youth ages 3-13 and their parents through more than 2,700 schools to date. TGA has also become the premier feeder system to many of the industry’s leading junior golf programs and events.
TGA targets introductory and recreational players through an affordable and accessible golf curriculum that breaks down barriers by offering physical education and after-school enrichment programs at elementary and middle schools, childcare centers and community centers. The program also incorporates academic lessons in math, science, social studies and language.
Entrepreneur Magazine named TGA a “Top 10 Franchise Value” and listed it among the Franchise 500 rankings. In addition, the publication has ranked TGA a Top Youth Fitness Franchise, and a Low-Cost and Home-Based Franchise.
For more information about TGA Premier Junior Golf, visit www.playtga.com or follow @TGAJuniorGolf on Twitter.