Jack backs TEE IT FORWARD Weekend June 22-23

The Golden Bear lends his support to PGA of America and USGA initiative

In his role as a spokesman and advocate for growing the game of golf, Jack Nicklaus has joined The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association to encourage golfers to TEE IT FORWARD during the first-ever TEE IT FORWARD Weekend. Playing faster, scoring better, hitting more lofted irons into greens, improving pace of play and having more fun on the golf course are at the heart of the initiative, and during the weekend of June 22-23, The PGA and the USGA are encouraging golfers to move up a tee to improve their experience on the golf course.

TEE IT FORWARD, which was first introduced in 2011 as a way to increase the enjoyment of golf, has been widely acclaimed by golfers, golf course operators and industry leaders, including the Golden Bear.

“Golf is a game that should be fun to play, but many golfers make it far too hard by playing from distances that don’t match up to their abilities,” said Nicklaus, the record-setting 18-time major championship winner. “I encourage everyone playing golf on June 22-23 to move up and give TEE IT FORWARD a try. They’ll find the game much more enjoyable…and maybe they’ll even make a few more pars and birdies along the way.”

During TEE IT FORWARD Weekend, many golf facilities will be hosting special events and actively asking golfers to play from shorter distances. However, even if their course is not hosting an event, golfers are still encouraged to simply move up and play from more forward tees than normal. TEE IT FORWARD is universal to golfers of all ages and abilities and can be practiced on any course at any time.

While TEE IT FORWARD Weekend will highlight the initiative on June 22-23, The PGA and the USGA would like to see golfers TEE IT FORWARD throughout the year. Golfers who gave this a try in 2012 reported positive results, with 56 percent playing faster and indicating they will play golf more often. More than 80 percent hit more lofted clubs into greens and 85 percent had more fun. And 93 percent said they planned to continue to TEE IT FORWARD.

The PGA and USGA are asking golfers to tweet about their TEE IT FORWARD experiences using the hashtag, #teeitforward. More information about TEE IT FORWARD and registered facilities can be found at www.PlayGolfAmerica.com.