In the middle of Harlem, a state-of-the-art indoor golf facility held an event with celebrated swing coach Sean Foley in support of The Bridge Golf Foundation. The foundation offers golf instruction and educational programs for young men from the Eagle Academy of Harlem, located just a few blocks north of The Bridge Golf Learning Center.
Foley, one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers, has worked with top players like Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose, but took an evening off just days before the PGA Championship to talk about golf and life with nine boys involved with the foundation, along with their families and friends.
The boys in the program will also have the opportunity to see Foley in action when they take a trip to the PGA Championship on Tuesday.
Foley fielded questions about working with Woods, how he got involved with golf and about his shoe collection. He uninhibitedly spoke about his development as a man and a coach, how he achieves his goals and advised the young golfers on the merits of hard work and dedication.
Founded in January 2015, The Bridge Golf Foundation teaches young men the game of golf as well as the rules, etiquette and responsibilities that come along with it. The year-round program was co-founded by Bob Rubin, the principle owner of The Bridge Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y., and Farrell Evans, a golf writer who worked for Golf Digest among other publications.
The Bridge Golf Foundation’s goal is to improve the lives of young men of color through golf. The organization uses golf to teach an after-school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program that makes learning more immersive and relatable. The foundation also provides tutoring, mentoring and character development for students.
The Learning Center is equipped with three TrackMan simulators, a SAM PuttLab and four PGA teaching professionals. Though the foundation is just for men from the Eagle Academy of Harlem, the Learning Center is open for business to golfers of all skill levels, ages and genders. All proceeds from lessons and simulator rentals go directly to the Bridge Golf Foundation.