PGA program will introduce golf to Shawnee Mission students as part of PE curriculum

The PGA's SNAG program works to introduce the fundamentals of golf to youth. Photo via Midwest Section PGA Facebook.
The PGA’s SNAG program works to introduce the fundamentals of golf to youth. Photo via Midwest Section PGA Facebook.
The Shawnee Mission School District announced this week that it would be introducing the Professional Golfers’ Association’s Starting New at Golf (SNAG) program into its physical education curriculum this fall.

The district’s physical education teachers on Friday will receive special training from PGA golf coaches on how to teach the fundamentals of the sport. The program will be implemented at district elementary and middle schools.

“We are very grateful to the Midwest Section of the PGA for providing this opportunity for our students,” SMSD Athletic Director Matt Johnson said in a statement announcing the partnership. “SNAG in School will enrich and provide a new element to our physical education programs and supports the Shawnee Mission School District’s ongoing efforts to promote activity and a culture of wellness in our schools.”

The PGA’s Midwest Section has made a grant to fund the program, which will help provide equipment for the schools as well as the instructor training.