Niagara College support brings National Golf in Schools program to local elementary students


Photo: Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons accepts a cheque from Niagara College’s Professional Golf Management program at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.  Funds were donated to the National Golf in Schools program.

More children in the Niagara region will have the opportunity to be introduced to the game of golf thanks to the fundraising efforts of Niagara College students.

Niagara College’s Business Administration – Professional Golf Management (Co-op) program has donated $1500 to the National Golf in Schools program which will bring the program into three local elementary schools this year. Golf Canada has recently announced the recipient schools to be Princess Margaret Elementary (Niagara Falls) Greendale Public School (Niagara Falls) and St. Francis Xavier (Stoney Creek).

Funds were raised through the third annual PGM Invitational Charity Golf Tournament which was held at Beechwood Golf and Country Club in Niagara Falls on Oct. 18. The event was attended by students faculty and alumni – more than 90 in total.

Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons one of the most influential people in the Canadian golf scene visited Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus in November 2013 to accept a donation for the National Golf in Schools program.

“On behalf of Golf Canada I’m proud of the continued fundraising efforts of Niagara College students who understand the important link that Golf in Schools creates between the education and golf communities” said Simmons. “The students and administrators with the Golf Management program understand the important of investing in grassroots golf – introducing the game to young golf enthusiasts who we hope will develop an interest and passion for our sport.”

Since 2011 the College’s PGM program has raised more than $3500 for the Golf in Schools program to be implemented at six schools in the Niagara region. The National Golf in Schools program developed by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada – introduces golf to thousands of students in the country by integrating golf into school physical education programs. With 4.5 million students enrolled at 10000 elementary and 4500 high schools the Canadian school physical education system is the single most concentrated opportunity to introduce children of all backgrounds to golf according to Golf Canada.

“I believe that it is important for the golf community to support the Golf in Schools program. Our golf management students at Niagara College are part of that community” said Grant Fraser professor of the PGM program. “One of the key topics we discuss in our Event Management class is the importance of giving back and doing what we can to help grow the game of golf in the Niagara region. Supporting Golf Canada’s Golf in Schools program helps us do this.”

NC’s Business Administration-Professional Golf Management (Co-op) is a three-year advanced diploma program that combines the excitement of golf with the challenge of business preparing students for careers in all aspects of the industry.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit

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Grant Fraser
Professor Professional Golf Management (Co-op)
906-641-2252 ext. 4648