About Us

What Makes PYGF Different than Other Youth Golf Organizations?

Did you know most Pittsburgh Public School students never get to experience playing golf, or even touch a golf club? PYGF helps inner-city youth benefit from the unique opportunity to experience the game to learn nine core values: integrity, confidence, responsibility, trust, respect, courtesy, equity, accountability, and the “edge” to compete in life.

We are the oldest youth golf program in the Pittsburgh area
All instructors are certified Tri-State PGA Professionals
All of our programs are free to all participants
Focused on inner-city youth 6, 7 and 8 grades
An outstanding four-week Summer Camp program
We teach life skills--honesty, courtesy, behavioral skills, sportsmanship

OUR HISTORY

In 1991, Bob Yeager had a vision to create Pittsburgh Youth Golf Foundation (PYGF) and bring the game of golf to inner city kids who may never have the opportunity to play it. And so began the Pittsburgh Youth Golf Foundation, supporting 50 boys and girls from the Munhall and Homestead areas of Pittsburgh. PYGF provided busing, golf instruction and lunch at no charge to the students. Certified Tri-State PGA instructors provided golf instruction. In 1995, PYGF began its alliance with the Pittsburgh Public School System and the Tri-State Section of the PGA.

Today, PYGF continues our Spring Pittsburgh Public School golf programming as well as the Jeurgen Mross Summer Golf Camp at Scally’s Golf Center, along with providing golf instruction to students at Manchester Craftsman’s Guild Youth and Arts Program along with the Pittsburgh Public Schools City Connections Program.

"GOLF IS THE CLOSEST GAME TO THE GAME WE CALL LIFE. YOU GET BAD BREAKS FROM GOOD SHOTS; YOU GET GOOD BREAKS FROM BAD SHOTS - BUT YOU HAVE TO PLAY THE BALL WHERE IT LIES."

- BOBBY JONES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pittsburgh Youth Golf Foundation Board of Directors, staff, Tri-State PGA Golf Professionals, and most of all, the students that PYGF serves, are grateful to the following foundations, sponsors, Country Clubs, and businesses for their kindness.

Larry Byrnes
PRESIDENT
Mike Eck
TREASURER
Steve Blahovec
SECRETARY
Robert Yeager
FOUNDER
D. Jeffrey Kelly
FOUNDER
David Vietmeier
FOUNDER
Missie Berteotti
FORMER LPGA PROFESSIONAL
Bob Pompeani
KDKA SPORTSCASTER
Joe Klinchock
TR-STATE PGA PROFESSIONAL
Bruce Longenecker
BOARD MEMBER
Juergen Mross
BOARD MEMBER
Suzanne Parks
BOARD MEMBER
Dr. Noah Eger
BOARD MEMBER
Ronald Moehler
BOARD MEMBER
D. Russell Peters
BOARD MEMBER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ronald Lucas
TRI-STATE PGA TEACHING PROFESSIONAL

TRI-STATE PGA PROFESSIONALS

  • Richard Logan
  • Paul Hollstein
  • Karen Bennett
  • Frank Blazewick
  • Phil Scally
  • Marty Rinker
  • Terry Shell
  • Mark Hessler
  • Sean Parees
  • Eric Suvak
  • Jerry Stone
  • Jacqueline Herbert
  • David Gedris
  • Bill Kurp
  • Kim Boehlke
  • Jody Barrett
  • David Anderson
  • Jim Cichra
  • Carmen Costa
  • Matt Kluck
  • Dennis Munko
  • Debbie Constantin
  • Robert Salera
  • David Bennett
  • Michael Witkowski

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