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PGA HOPE Minnesota

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH Minnesota. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

The program introduces the game of golf through a developmental 6-8 week curriculum, taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. All programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA Section Foundations, so the cost of programming is free to all Veterans.

PGA HOPE Section Ambassador

Get to know Jared Fears, United State Marine Corps Veteran and PGA HOPE Section Ambassador for the Minnesota PGA Section.

Register for a PGA HOPE Program

Read more about each PGA HOPE Program below. Offerings may differ at each location. If you are interested in joining PGA HOPE, please fill out the form and select your desired location. All veterans are welcome to participate. The Lead Instructor at your chosen location will reach out with further details on the program.

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Programs open for registration:

  • PGA HOPE Lafayette
  • PGA HOPE Minnetonka
  • PGA HOPE Twin Ports
  • PGA HOPE University of Minnesota

Please check back soon for all other programs. Click on a location below for more information.

2022 PGA HOPE Chapters

PGA HOPE Chaska is led by PGA Professional, John Kellin. John is the Head Golf Professional at Chaska Town Course and PGA Member for nearly 20 years.

2022 Session Information
Location: Chaska Town Course
3000 Town Course Dr.
Chaska, MN 55318
Session Dates: May 25-July 13
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Lead Instructor: John Kellin, PGA
jkellin@chaskamn.com
(952) 443-3748
Class Size: 12 veterans

Sessions take place weekly on Wednesday’s from 11:30am-1:30pm.

PGA HOPE Fargo is led by PGA Professional, Lisa Schwinden. Lisa is the Head Golf Professional at Osgood Golf Course and PGA Member for just over 15 years. She was the Minnesota PGA Patriot Award winner in 2020, an award bestowed to Members who personify patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

It’s a relaxed and great way to learn golf. Let us thank you for your service!

2022 Session Information
Location: Osgood Golf Course
4400 Clubhouse Dr S
Fargo, ND 58104
Session Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
Lead Instructor: Lisa Schwinden, PGA
lisas@pga.com
(701) 356-3070
Class Size: 6
Waitlist Available: Yes

Sessions take place weekly.

PGA HOPE Lafayette is led by PGA Professional, Jay Meyerhoff. Jay is the Head Golf Professional at Lafayette Club and PGA Member for over 15 years. He is very passionate about teaching and helping veterans and was the driving force behind the creation of 100 Holes for HOPE, the charity event that raises funds for PGA HOPE Chapters.

2022 Session Information
Location: Lafayette Club
2800 Northview Rd.
Minnetonka Beach, MN 55361
Session 1 Dates: June 6 – July 18
Session 2 Dates: July 25 – August 29
Session 3 Dates: September 12 – October 10
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Lead Instructor: Jay Meyerhoff, PGA
meyerhoj@msn.com
(952) 903-5750
Class Size: 6
Waitlist Available: Yes

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Sessions take place weekly on Monday’s. Sessions falling on a holiday will not take place that week (i.e. July 4th).

PGA HOPE Minneapolis is led by PGA Professional, Paul Kelley. Paul is the Head Golf Professional at Woodhill CC and PGA Member for over 25 years. He was the Minnesota PGA Patriot Award Winner in 2018. He currently sits on the PGA HOPE National Committee.

2022 Session Information
Location: Lost Spur Golf Club
2750 Sibley Memorial Highway
Eagan, MN 55121
Session Dates: June 13 – August 22
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Lead Instructor: Paul Kelley, PGA
pk@woodhillcc.com

 

PGA HOPE Minnetonka is led by PGA Professional, Benny Menton. Benny is the Head Golf Professional at PGA TOUR Superstore – Minnetonka and PGA Member for over 22 years. He was the Minnesota PGA Patriot Award winner in 2019.

2022 Session Information
Location: PGA TOUR Superstore – Minnetonka
12380 Wayzata Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Session 2 Dates: September 23 – November 4
Time: Fridays – 8:30am-10:30am
Lead Instructor: Benny Menton, PGA
bennymenton@hotmail.com
(763) 489-5410
Class Size: Max of 25 Veterans
Adaptive Equipment: Available upon request

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Sessions will take place weekly on Friday mornings in the store.

PGA HOPE Minnewaska is led by PGA Professional, Josh Lang. Josh is a Teaching Professional at multiple facilities serving the Alexandria, MN area.

2022 Session Information
Location: Minnewaska Golf Course
23518 Dero Dr.
Glenwood, MN 56334
Session Dates: May 17-June 21
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Lead Instructor: Josh Lang, PGA
joshlang@pga.com
(320) 634-3680

Sessions take place weekly on Tuesday’s.

PGA HOPE Oakdale is led by PGA Professional, Steve Whillock. Steve is the Director of Golf at Oak Marsh Golf Course and PGA Member for just over 34 years. PGA HOPE Oakdale is heading into their 2nd season of programming.

2022 Session Information
Location: Oak Marsh Golf Course
526 Inwood Ave N
Oakdale, MN
Session Dates: June 1-July 20
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Lead Instructor: Steve Whillock, PGA
steve@oakmarshgolf.com
(651) 730-8886
Class Size: 12

Sessions take place weekly.

Group instruction from PGA Professionals covering the fundamentals of golf tailored to each Veteran’s need. Classes will be held each week on Wednesday evenings. At the end of the 8 week series there will be on course play with the main goal to have fun!

PGA HOPE Roseau is led by PGA Member, Ross Leary. Ross is a Teaching Professional at Northern Eagles Golf Academy in Roseau, MN and is the 2021 Minnesota PGA Patriot Award winner.

2022 Session Information
Location: Oak Harbor Golf Course
2805 24th St. NW
Baudette, MN 56623
Session 1 Dates: May 16 – June 20
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Lead Instructor: Ross Leary, PGA
rpleary91@gmail.com
(309) 212-8824
Class Size: 6

Sessions take place weekly on Monday’s.

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PGA HOPE Twin Ports is NEW in 2022! Led by USMC Veteran and PGA Member, Tom Beaudry. Tom is the General Manager at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior, WI and has been a Member of the PGA of America for over 20 years.

2022 Session Information
Location: Nemadji Golf Course
5 N. 58th St.
Superior, WI 54880
Session 1 Dates: July 11 – August 15
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Lead Instructor: Tom Beaudry, PGA
tbeaudry@kempersports.com
(715) 394-0266
Class Size: 6-12

Sessions take place weekly on Monday’s.

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PGA HOPE University of Minnesota is led by Golf Professional, Adam Tilsner. Adam is the Assistant Golf Professional at the University of Minnesota – Les Bolstad Golf Course. This will be the first year hosting PGA HOPE at Les Bolstad GC!

University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course is proud to be part of PGA HOPE. Our six week program will feature instruction from our PGA Professionals, as well as golf mobility/fitness through a certified physical therapist who specializes in golf training. All interested veterans are welcome!

2022 Session Information
Location: UofM – Les Bolstad GC
2275 Larpenteur Ave. West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113
Session 1 Date: May 19 – June 23
Session 2 Date: August 4 – September 8
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Lead Instructor: Adam Tilsner
tilsn012@umn.edu
(612) 627-4000
Class Size: 20

Classes will take place weekly on Thursday’s throughout the dates listed above. 

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Want to Support a Local Veteran?

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All veterans are eligible to participate in a PGA HOPE Chapter, but ANYONE is eligible to contribute to the cause. 100 Holes for HOPE is the main Charity event that supports PGA HOPE in Minnesota. Consider donating to the event to help support our local veterans!

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