Stephenson student applies science to golf in PGA program

Stephenson High School’s Lauren Jones was one of several students from metro Atlanta picked for a science and math-based golf program that sent students to the PGA TOUR’s season-ending championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

The program was made through a partnership between golf equipment manufacturer PXG, STEM Atlanta Women, and TOUR Championship with the intent to provide an “immersive program” with “four interactive experiments led by PXG engineers and master fitters followed by a range session at the John A. White Golf Course to put their newfound knowledge to the test.”

STEM Atlanta Women Founder Maxine Cain said the program taught the group about the science of golf and the career opportunities available to them in the golf industry.

“Partnerships like the one with PXG not only expand horizons for our young women but allow them to envision a future where STEM and sports coalesce,” said Cain.

A news release states that STEM Atlanta Women was created to enlighten, educate, and empower young Black women and girls to take advantage of global opportunities in STEM. The organization offers master classes, innovative programs, tech labs, conferences, and entrepreneurial events.

“We’re grateful to expand this amazing partnership between PXG and STEM Atlanta Women by welcoming in the TOUR Championship to provide these young women with a tremendous, real world golf opportunity,” said PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “PXG is all about expanding the game of golf and making golf clubs for everyone, so we’re excited to have partners in the TOUR Championship to assist us with supporting that goal.”

The PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup Championship was played Aug. 23 – 27 at East Lake Golf Club in DeKalb. Jones and the other students in attendance saw Norwegian golfer Viktor Hovland take home the championship trophy and $18 million in winnings.

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