As a non-profit organization with an all-volunteer executive committee, a substantial percentage of our members’ annual dues are donated to local golf-related charities. Each year, our executive committee votes to determine which charities will be selected. We generally look to identify organizations that help local youth get involved with the game of golf. These organizations also help teach valuable life lessons by teaching the young players golf etiquette and good sportsmanship.
2019 Selected Charities
DESERT MASHIE SCHOLARSHIP
JGAA Desert Mashie Spring Championship tournament has developed and grown over the years because of one of the leading minority golf organizations in the United States, the Desert Mashies.
Started by a group of African-Americans in 1948, the Desert Mashies have a vision of pioneering the great game of golf to young golfers who otherwise may never have had the opportunity to pick up a golf club.
The Desert Mashie quest for acceptance and further knowledge of the sport took shape in May of 1946 when after a round at Encanto Golf Course, the initial nine members of the group spoke fervently of their desire to attract more members, thus strengthening the group. At the time, Encanto was the only golf course in the greater Phoenix area that allowed African Americans to play. It would later become the host course for almost all of the tournaments hosted by the Desert Mashies.
JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION OF ARIZONA
JGAA is dedicated to supporting Junior Golf programs throughout Arizona. The JGAA is a 501c(3) corporation and relies on fund-raising activities and donations received from clubs, corporations, and individuals. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The JGAA governs and promotes junior golf in the state of Arizona. It introduces non-golfing juniors to the game, establishes golf programs at schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, conducts major junior golf tournaments in the state and administers the Tres Arnold Scholarship Fund.
Previous Charities Selected Include
LPGA-USGA GIRLS GOLF CLUB, PHOENIX
LPGA*USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program designed for girls ages 5-18. It was formed specifically to create a network for girls to learn to play golf in a non-threatening environment. They build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment. Girls are learning values inherent to the game of golf, such as practice, respect, perseverance, and honesty, preparing them to meet challenges of today’s world with confidence.
FIRST TEE AT BRIARWOOD COUNTRY CLUB
First Tee of Phoenix is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of providing affordable access to golf and golf training facilities for young people – particularly those who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.
The First Tee has a strong character development component – The Life Skills Experience. There are nine core values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgement. Central District is pleased to support these values through our donation to First Tee of Phoenix at Briarwood Country Club.