MISSION

The Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation – a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization — is dedicated to promoting and growing the game of golf in the greater Lehigh Valley region for youth and adult golfers, and to preserve the unique history of the game in the region.

 

  1. The foundation provides children with access to junior golf tournaments from all socio-economic backgrounds.
  2. The foundation conducts the official championship golf tournaments for amateur golfers of all ages and genders in the greater Lehigh Valley region.
  3. The foundation is dedicated to the overall development of amateur golfers in the greater Lehigh Valley and western New Jersey regions who aspire to play the game at a high level of ability and accomplishment through the challenge of competitive golf tournaments.
  4. The foundation is committed to preserve and promote the unique history of golf in the greater Lehigh Valley and northeast Pennsylvania region through the Northeast Pennsylvania Golf Historical Society.
  5. The foundation operates the Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame.
    The purpose of the Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame is to honor those individuals who have made a significant and enduring contribution to the game of golf in the greater Lehigh Valley region; and/or have compiled an accomplished amateur or professional competitive playing record.

Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation
Lehigh Valley Junior Golf Tour
Youth Golf Programs

 

The foundation:

 

  1. Provides children access to junior golf tournaments from all socio-economic backgrounds.
  2. Seeks to introduce competitive golf to children of all socio-economic backgrounds.
  3. Conducts the Lehigh Valley Junior Golf Tour, the finest junior golf tournament program in eastern Pennsylvania.
    The purpose of the Lehigh Valley Junior Golf Tour is to expose young boys and girls to competitive golf in a highly organized and positive environment. An integral mission of the junior golf tournament program is to educate youngsters about proper golf etiquette, scoring procedures, sportsmanship, and an appreciation for the traditions of the game.
  4. Provides technology, tournament officials, and organization for youngsters to participate in Lehigh Valley Junior Golf Tour tournaments.
  5. The foundation utilizes the nationally-known Blue Golf tournament management system – the best online golf tournament management system in the country.
  6. Seeks to provide support for children to participate in professionally conducted junior golf instruction programs, and to provide grants to qualified golf instruction programs for children.
  7. The Lehigh Valley Junior Golf Tour has produced:
    • Many successful high school and collegiate golfers
    • Numerous men’s and women’s state high school and state amateur champions
    • Top amateur tournament winners
    • Male and female college golf scholarship recipients and collegiate golfers
    • High school golf coaches
    • Golf industry professionals
    • The first high school golfers to win the Lehigh Valley Player of the Year award and the Lehigh Valley Amateur title.

Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation
Official Championship Golf Tournament Program

 
The foundation conducts the official championship golf tournaments for amateur golfers of all ages and genders in the greater Lehigh Valley region, and oversees the annual Lehigh Valley Player of the Year award program.

 

  1. The foundation is dedicated to the overall development of amateur golfers in the greater Lehigh Valley and western New Jersey regions who aspire to play the game at a high level of ability and accomplishment through the challenge of competitive golf tournaments.
  2. The foundation seeks to foster competition, understanding, and fellowship among all amateur golfers.
  3. All Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation tournaments are conducted in accordance with United States Golf Association rules; particularly as they pertain to the amateur status of the participants. All prizes are awarded in the form of gift certificates; in complete accordance with United States Golf Association rules governing amateur status.
  4. All awards given to junior golfers are done in accordance with USGA rules, and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) regulations governing the high school eligibility of student-athletes in the state of Pennsylvania.

Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation
Amateur Golf Tournament Program

 
In 2016, the GALV will conduct 15 championship golf tournaments for amateur golfers of all ages and genders. The GALV conducts the official amateur stroke play championships in the greater Lehigh Valley region for men, senior men, mid-amateur men, women, and junior golfers.

 

April 23-24
21st Northeast PA Stroke Play Championship
Hideway Hills Golf Club, Polk Township, PA
* Two competitive flights — based on the first round scores.
* The winner of the championship flight will earn a spot in the 2016 Lehigh Valley Open — the region’s premiere golf competition — July 25-26, 2016 at Northampton Country Club.
May 14-15
3rd Donald Ross Invitational
Silver Creek Country Club, Hellertown, PA
* Two divisions: Amateur, and Senior Amateur (both players 50 years of age or older). Competitive flights in both divisions based on the first round scores.
* The tournament is conducted by the Silver Creek Country Club PGA professionals, in conjunction with the Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley.
* The Donald Ross Invitational is the premiere better ball of partner’s tournament in eastern Pennsylvania.
May 27-29
27th Lehigh Valley Inter-Club Championship
May 27: Whitetail Golf Club, Moore Township, PA
May 28: Wedgewood Golf Course, Upper Saucon Township, PA
May 29: Allentown Golf Course, Allentown, PA
* Team and individual 54-hole stroke play competition.
* Two divisions: Amateur, and Senior Amateur.
* The fourth longest-running individual amateur tournament in the greater Lehigh Valley region, dating back to 1963.
* The individual 54-hole champion of the Amateur Players division and Senior Amateur Players division will earn a spot in the 2016 Lehigh Valley Open.
June 4-5
23rd Lehigh Valley Senior Amateur Medal Play Championship
Green Pond Country Club, Bethlehem Township, PA
* Five age-group flights: 50-55, 56-61, 62-67, 68-and-over, overall senior championship flight.
* The official senior amateur stroke play championship of the greater Lehigh Valley region.
* The overall senior amateur champion of the tournament will earn a spot in the 2016 Lehigh Valley Open.
June 12
Lehigh Valley Open – 9th annual Amateur Qualifying Tournament
Bethlehem Golf Club, Bethlehem, PA
* Amateur qualifying spots available: 6
* Senior amateur qualifying spots available: 3
* Amateur player qualifying criteria for the Lehigh Valley Open is available on the “9th Lehigh Valley Open – Amateur Qualifier” tournament information page on www.golfgalv.com.
* The 9th annual Lehigh Valley Open will be played July 25-26, 2016 at Northampton Country Club. The event is conducted by the Philadelphia Section PGA, in conjunction with the Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation. The tournament annually features top club professionals in the section, and top amateur golfers from the greater Lehigh Valley region.
* The Lehigh Valley Open is the region’s premiere golf competition.
June 17-18
26th Lehigh Valley Medal Play Championship
Woodstone Country Club, Lehigh Township, PA
* The official amateur stroke play championship of the greater Lehigh Valley region.
* The tournament champion will earn a spot in the 2016 Lehigh Valley Open.
June 25
12th Lehigh Valley Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship
Wedgewood Golf Course, Upper Saucon Township, PA
* The official women’s amateur stroke play championship of the greater Lehigh Valley region.
July 8
21st Lehigh Valley Mid-Amateur Championship
Wedgewood Golf Course, Upper Saucon Township, PA
* The official mid-amateur stroke play championship of the greater Lehigh Valley region.
* The overall tournament champion will earn a spot in the 2016 Lehigh Valley Open.
July 9-10
61st Bethlehem Golf Club Amateur Stroke Play Championship
Bethlehem Golf Club, Bethlehem, PA
* Two divisions: Amateur, and Senior Amateur.
* The third longest-running individual amateur tournament in the greater Lehigh Valley region, dating back to 1956.
* The Amateur Players division champion will earn a spot in the 2016 Lehigh Valley Open.
July 17
22nd Lehigh Valley Regular-Senior Better Ball of Partners
Green Pond Country Club, Bethlehem Township, PA
* Two–to-three competitive flights.
August 5-6
25th Eastern Pennsylvania Amateur
Whitetail Golf Club, Moore Township, PA
Southmoore Golf Course, Moore Township, PA
* Two divisions: Amateur, and Senior Amateur.
* The Amateur Players division champion will earn a spot in the 2017 Lehigh Valley Open.
August 12
1st annual Lehigh Valley Super-Senior Championship
Wedgewood Golf Course, Upper Saucon Township, PA
August 13-14
64th Allentown City Amateur Stroke Play Championship
Allentown Golf Course, Allentown, PA
* Three divisions: Amateur, Senior Amateur, Super-Senior Amateur.
* The second longest-running individual amateur tournament in the greater Lehigh Valley region, dating back to 1953.
* The Amateur Players division champion will earn a spot in the 2017 Lehigh Valley Open.
October 7-8
27th Lehigh Valley Tournament of Champions
Silver Creek Country Club, Hellertown, PA
* Two divisions: Amateur, and Senior Amateur.
* The Lehigh Valley Tournament of Champions is the traditional year-end championship of regional amateur golf.
* The champion of the Amateur Players division and Senior Amateur Players division will earn a spot in the 2017 Lehigh Valley Open.

Northeast Pennsylvania Golf Historical Society

 
The foundation is committed to preserve and promote the unique history of golf in the greater Lehigh Valley and northeast Pennsylvania region through the Northeast Pennsylvania Golf Historical Society.

 

The Northeast Pennsylvania Golf Historical Society will preserve and promote the regional history of the game through:

 

  1. Serving as the home of regional amateur golf — Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation offices
  2. Hosting the Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame
  3. Operating a Northeast Pennsylvania Golf Museum, an institution dedicated to telling the story of regional golf, and researching regional golf history. The museum will conduct the following programs for the community:
    • partner with Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame inductees to provide a mentoring program for at-risk youth.
    • operate a teaching facility at the museum with qualified golf instructional programs for youths of all socio-economic circumstances, and special needs youth.
    • conduct interactive presentations & seminars by renowned golf personalities and Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame members for the community.
  4. Information on the Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation website

Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame
Established in 2004
Administered by the Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley Foundation

 

  • Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame — purpose:
    The purpose of the Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame is to honor those individuals who have made a significant and enduring contribution to the game of golf in the greater Lehigh Valley region; and/or have compiled an accomplished amateur or professional competitive playing record.
  • Definition of the greater Lehigh Valley region: Defined as Lehigh County, Northampton County, lower Carbon and Monroe counties, and western Warren County, New Jersey.
  • Induction procedure: The Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame inducted a six-person induction class per year for the initial eight (8) years. Here-after, three-person classes will be inducted per year; which will take the Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame to 100 members after 25 years. Currently, the hall of fame has 63 inductees. The Old-Timers committee will present a person for induction in odd-numbered years beginning in 2015 for individuals who made enduring contributions prior to 1970.