It is that time of the year again where LPGA-USGA girls golf begins its programming. The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program is the only national initiative of its kind.

The local chapter is beginning its 11th year of promoting golf for young girls in the Lowcountry. As in the past, the chapter will be co-directed by Krista Dunton, LPGA, PGA and Top 100 teacher by Golf Magazine, and me. We will be joined by local LPGA and PGA professionals coaching in the program.

The LPGA Girls Golf program provides quality instruction. This year we will be incorporating some new instruction and games from the Operation 36 program.

Instructors will continue to help girls with their motor skills development, as well as help them foster new friendships with other girls who enjoy the game of golf.

The program is open to girls ages 7 to 17. The program runs from January through May with bi-weekly sessions on Sunday afternoons. Girls need no previous knowledge of the game. Girls who have previous knowledge can also advance their skills and have opportunities to play on the course.

The program makes sure that the girls are placed in the proper level of instruction with an evaluation at the first meeting.

Prior to the start of the season, there is a session at the PGA Tour Superstore on Jan. 18. The girls can bring their clubs to make sure they still fit.

Clubs are also available for those girls who don’t have clubs. There will be games to play on the simulators and a registration table for those who still want to sign up.

The program uses golf facilities in both Hilton Head and Bluffton. Some of the venues include the First Tee of the Lowcountry, Berkeley Hall, Colleton River, Eagles Pointe, and the Learning Center at the International Junior Golf Academy.

The highlight of the golf season is the field trip to the RBC Heritage golf tournament.

The fee for the five-month program is $135 per girl. Scholarships are available based on need. The deadline for registration in Jan. 15 and space is limited.

Volunteers are needed to help the golf professionals. For information about the program and how to register, contact me at for a registration form.

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses.;