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Placer girls golf lands grant from PWGA

Money will buy uniforms, equipment
By: Amber Marra, Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer High girls golf team will get a leg up financially this year with a $300 grant from the Pacific Women's Golf Association.

The association awards grants to three school golf teams every year. This year, Placer High's girls golf team will have around 10 players, according to Coach Carol French.

Each player is asked, but not forced, to pay $175 at the start of each season to cover costs associated with equipment, uniforms, caddy and green fees, and any other expenses that creep up throughout the season.

The Pacific Women's Golf Association Junior Grant Award is meant to help with some of those costs.

"Green fees, balls, uniforms, all of it can be sort of expensive, so the money is used directly for the team," French said.

Hannah Gregg, 17, will be a senior next year on Placer's golf team. She has played throughout her high school career and said the first two years the $175 fee was mandatory, but it became a "suggested donation" later.

Gregg added that compared to other fees associated with athletic teams at Placer High, the girls golf team fee is relatively low, but some players can't afford their own equipment, let alone uniforms or green fees.

"The grant helps us a lot because not everyone plays golf year-round, so they don't always have all of the equipment they need," Gregg said.

The team also pulls through with donors, one of which is providing the team with balls for the season.
French said anything helps, especially regarding equipment and green fees.

"We really appreciate the Pacific Women's Golf Association and how they always look out for young girls and golf organizations," French said.

Paula Celick, spokesperson for the Pacific Women's Golf Association, said the grant will be awarded to French on Saturday.

Contact Amber Marra at amberm@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @Amber_AJNews.