College Of Golf and Sport Management Hosts “Friends-Raiser” For Local PACE Center

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Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management (KUCOGSM) hosted a “friends-raiser” event on Saturday for the local PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) Center for Girls, Inc. PACE is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation that provides a non-residential delinquency prevention program in locations state-wide, targeting the unique needs of females 12-18 who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent, or in need of academic skills.

PACE began in 1985 in Jacksonville, Florida, serving 10 girls. Today, PACE includes 17 centers throughout Florida that serve over 2,000 girls each year, and has helped over 21,000 girls since its beginning.

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There was a tremendous turn out as more than 70 “friends” showed up Saturday morning at KUCOGSM to lend their support to the local PACE Center and participate in golf activities such as a putting contest and closest-to-the-pin contest in the indoor training area.

KUCOGSM provided a hearty breakfast of sandwiches, pastries, fruit, yogurt, and beverages to attendees, who took their food to the ‘Museum of Golf’ room where vintage clubs were displayed and videos of Bobby Jones were being played.

Following an in-depth Wellness Check provided by the Sports Medicine and Fitness students and staff, participants proceeded to the indoor training area for instruction and challenging contests. The 5000 square foot indoor practice facility was at capacity as more than 50 guests participated in the golf instruction and golf skills activities.

There were 4 stations that the guests rotated through that were managed by Keiser University’s Master PGA and PGA Faculty Members. Ms. Gabby Taylor won the closest-to-the-pin contest with a shot that landed 5 feet and 1 inch from the hole, and Mel Folbrecht won the putting contest, scoring 10 aces out of 12 attempts.

Following the contests, a series of fund-raising raffles were held for gift baskets and golf equipment. All in all it was fun filled day that raised a lot of interest and awareness for PACE, Keiser University, and the game of golf.

The comments were extremely positive regarding the enthusiasm generated at the event and the impressive facilities offered by KUCOGSM. Planning is already underway for another PACE event in 2016, and Keiser University stands ready to assist PACE Centers throughout Florida going forward.

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