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2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2004
Contact: Mary H. Girault
Communications Manager
843-881-9956 ext. 202
mgirault@ngcoa.org

Thousands of Young Women Play Golf During Take Your Daughter to the Course Week

Charleston, SC - More than 800 courses participated in the fifth annual Take Your Daughter to the Course Week, held July 5-11, introducing nearly 37,000 girls to the great game of golf.

Sponsored by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), the initiative is backed by the LPGA, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, EWGA, Golf Business, Golf for Women, and boasts Suzy Whaley as national spokesperson. During the event week, courses offered a free green fee to young ladies accompanied by a paying adult, a free clinic for the young ladies, and many other special promotions.

The event proved to be beneficial for courses that participated. Course owner Joe Robson of Forest Ridge Golf Club commented, "We always strive to look openly at creative ways to bring new, young golfers into the game.  This was an excellent idea to do just that."

"The NGCOA developed Take Your Daughter to the Course Week to assist course owners and operators in increasing the number of young women players at their courses," said Mike Hughes, NGCOA executive director. "We are especially pleased to learn from our membership that the event not only brings young women to the game, but their families as well."

Take Your Daughter to the Course Week is part of the NGCOA's award-winning Get Linked Play Golf player development program.
  
With 6,000 member courses worldwide and an audience of more than 18,000 through Golf Business magazine, the NGCOA is the leading resource for golf course owners and operators looking for tools to assist them in making their businesses more profitable and successful.


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