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Cuomo Announces Statewide Free Youth Golf Day

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As the PGA Championship continues at Bethpage State Park, Governor Cuomo announced a statewide event on Wednesday offering youths 18 years old and under a day of free round of golf at all 28 New York State Parks golf courses.

Free Youth Golf Day will be on July 20th and serves to  to introduce children across the state to the game and the opportunities available at New York State Parks. 

"I'm excited about today and I'm excited about the PGA of America and what they've done. We want to encourage and grow the sport of golf in New York. To help encourage that, the State is going to sponsor an event on July 20th where anyone under the age of 18 years old can golf for free at any of our state facilities," Governor Cuomo said.

"It's a nice way to get young people out to experience the game, and I think once they experience it and they understand it, they will be hooked, so we look forward to doing that," added Cuomo. 

New York's 28 state park golf courses include:

"The PGA Championship is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're encouraging more young people to utilize our golf courses across the state, and the Free Youth Golf Day will help to support increased activity and participation. New York has some of the best golf courses at our state parks, and programs like these build on our efforts to promote recreation and tourism statewide."

According to the governor's office, approximately 600,000 rounds of golf are played at State Park golf courses each year, bringing in an average of $17 million in annual revenue.

For more information on New York State Parks and its golf courses, click here.