The LPGA Foundation and OnCore Golf Form Alliance to Empower Next Generation of Female Golfers
Customized golf ball to be created with $1 of every purchase going to LPGA Foundation initiatives
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 8, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation announced today a partnership with OnCore Golf Technology to help support its mission to empower, inspire and transform the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf.
OnCore Golf, a company that produced the world's first hollow-metal core golf ball with the Caliber and has since introduced SoftCell technology with the Avant and high-density particles with the ELIXR, will work with the LPGA Foundation to establish a Girls Golf Chapter in Asia and will also back a “Changing the Face of the Game” video series.
"OnCore Golf is an obvious choice for an alignment with the LPGA Foundation because their mission and ours are strategically compatible; we are all about helping golfers experience learning and competition in a fun and supportive environment,” said Nancy Henderson, President of The LPGA Foundation.
"Today more junior girls are joining the game than ever before and this alliance is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage even more girls, thanks to OnCore’s generosity. Nothing speaks more powerfully than OnCore’s willingness to make the financial commitment to inspire and empower the next generation of female leaders through golf.”
The LPGA Foundation, through its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and its various LPGA Leadership Academies, is committed to inspiring juniors to learn and play the game of golf while also helping pave the way for the next generation of female leaders.
The LPGA Leadership Academies were introduced in 2015 and use golf as a vehicle to provide a framework for young women to develop their confidence, communication and leadership skills.
OnCore Golf, whose mission is to bring fun and enjoyment into the sport while continuing to introduce game-changing technology and products, plans to create a customized golf ball whereby $1 of every purchase will directly support LPGA Foundation initiatives.
"We are extremely excited to be working with the LPGA and standing by our commitment to grow the game," said Bret Blakely, a co-founder of OnCore Golf. "The LPGA has done a tremendous job in bringing more girls and women into the game of golf, and for us to be a part of that effort is a huge honor!"
Girls are getting, and accepting, the message that golf can be both welcoming and fun. Over the last 20 years, the growth of girls’ golf in the U.S. has far outpaced that of the boys. In 1995, girls made up only 17% of all junior golfers -- today they total one third, according to the National Golf Foundation.
More than 40 members of the LPGA and Symetra Tours began their golfing careers by attending a Girls Golf program, including Brittany Lincicome, Cheyenne Woods, Morgan Pressel, Mariah Stackhouse, Vicky Hurst and Kathleen Ekey.
About OnCore Golf
OnCore Golf is a brand dedicated to delivering breakthrough technology and innovation, while inspiring golfers at all skill levels and abilities. Founded by two young entrepreneurs - Bret Blakely and Steve Coulton - and fueled by a team of world-class inventors, OnCore Golf continues to disrupt the golf ball industry through development of the most innovative suite of golf ball products for players of all skill levels. In addition to the exceptionally high performance ELIXRTM Tour ball, their offerings include the hollow-metal-core CALIBER ball that delivers greater accuracy and the five star-rated low compression AVANT with SoftCell technology to increase feel, durability and distance. For additional information, visitwww.OnCoreGolf.com.
About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.
The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.