At the NGPDF, we are committed to molding the exceptional golf players of tomorrow. We provide young minority golfers with the support and resources they need to further excel in the sport. The National Golf Player Development Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established to create additional funding sources.
About Mark Lowry, the Founder
Developing a Youth Golf Training Program
His success with creating a player development system was well documented in the mid-‘90s. In 1995, he was selected to create and launch the Chicago Public Schools’ elementary school training program to feed a struggling high school team program.
The Program’s Success
In three years, more than forty elementary schools were offering after-school golf instruction. The program also grew from 9 of the CPS system’s 73 high schools to more than 30 that competed and advanced from city to regional and state-level competitions.
Joining a Youth Development Organization
In 1998, Lowry joined The First Tee where he held positions in senior leadership for 20 years.
Lowry played a key role in developing the strategies that would guide the development and operations of the organization from a concept to a nationally recognized youth golf development organization. As Vice President of Network Management, Mark oversaw the development and support of the organization’s eight national regions and over 150 network chapters. These experiences gave rise to the National Golf Player Development Foundation (NGPDF).
Why He Helps Young Minority Golfers
“The time has come to support the efforts of the players, parents, organizations, and institutions that are working to deepen the competitive player pool of POC. The NGPDF, through its efforts to secure individual, corporate, and industry funding resources and developmental partnerships, will identify deserving POC and provide support to individuals, programs, and institutions that equally share the goal to increase the competitive player pool representing minority communities.” –Mark N. Lowry, Founder
Our Board of Directors
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Mark Lowry – Founder and President – Retired
Our Advisory Board Members
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