Before the inauguration of the Wichita Junior Golf Foundation's program at the public courses, junior golf was limited to Marilyn Linn at Arthur B. Sim Golf Course and Lila Adamson at MacDonald Golf Course organizing play days for juniors who already played golf. There was no professional instruction and the juniors paid all their own fees.
In 1974, Marge and Bob Page, Marilyn Linn, Lila Adamson and Velda Warden worked together to develop junior golf at all public courses. They secured access to the courses, approval of the golf pros and developed the framework and financing. Leaders were obtained from volunteers in the community.
Originally the program was offered at ten courses. Three privately owned courses developed their own junior programs after years of affiliation with the Foundation.
It is conservatively estimated that over twenty-six thousand juniors have participated in the Foundation's program.
The Foundation charges an enrollment fee of twenty dollars. This fee covers the expense of the green fees and instruction by the golf course staff. The junior has no other fees during the program.
The program has been financed by the generosity of business firms and individuals of the community. The Foundation has been honored with over three hundred memorials and endowments. The interest derived from the investments guarantees that the junior golf program will continue.
The hundreds of volunteers are the ultimate reason that the program has been a success in accomplishing the goals of the Foundation.