The World Golf Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, Fla, at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame and the national headquarters of The First Tee and GOLF 20/20.
Established in 1994 to unite the golf industry and those who love the game, the World Golf Foundation (worldgolffoundation.org) supports initiatives that promote, enhance the growth of and provide access to the game of golf worldwide, while preserving golf’s traditional values and passing them on to others.
The seven organizations that comprise the Executive Committee of the Foundation Board are represented by their respective chief executive, as follows: Jim Armstrong, executive director of the Masters; Pete Bevacqua, chief executive officer of the PGA of America; Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA; Peter Dawson, chief executive of The R&A; Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA TOUR; George O’Grady, chief executive of the European Tour; and Mike Whan, commissioner of the LPGA. Whan serves as 2013 chairman of the board, with the role of chairman rotating on an annual basis between members of the board’s executive committee.
In March, 2008, Steve Mona was named as the World Golf Foundation’s first chief executive officer. Mona joined the organization after having previously served since 1993 as the CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He has been actively involved with the World Golf Foundation and its initiatives over the past decade, serving on the World Golf Hall of Fame Advisory Board and The First Tee Advisory Committee since 1998 and the GOLF 20/20 Executive Board since 1999.
In 2008, the Foundation also announced that in addition to an ongoing focus on its three primary initiatives (World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee, GOLF 20/20), the organization would broaden its scope to initiate strategic dialogue in areas of common interest that impact golf on a global basis. Among others, the areas of global communications, research and public affairs and the development of a unified anti-doping policy for the sport have become part of the World Golf Foundation’s focus.
The World Golf Hall of Fame (worldgolfhalloffame.org) is the ultimate destination for the celebration and recognition of golf’s greatest players and contributors, men and women. The institution stands as an inspiration to golfers and fans throughout the world. Its induction ceremony honors new members each year on the grounds of the museum and at major championship venues worldwide.
The First Tee (thefirsttee.org) is now widely recognized as a preeminent positive youth development organization. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has established more than 700 program locations in all 50 states and six international locations. It has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 6.5 million participants and students. Former President George H.W. Bush serves as honorary chairman.
GOLF 20/20 (golf2020.com) is a unique industry collaboration to grow the game of golf and secure its future. The mission, initiated in 1999, is to align the golf industry behind a plan that addresses the future of golf in a strategic manner, with an emphasis on accelerating growth and participation, and creating new avenues of access into the game. In November, 2008, GOLF 20/20 unveiled a new adult player development program, Get Golf Ready, which is presently offered at more than 3,000 facilities nationwide.
CEO, World Golf Foundation