PAR FORE News
In Search for Greener Grasses: Long Island Professor uses Golf Course as Classroom. US Open
"It’s not just on the course that kids are learning. Besides the social skills and golf knowledge the
kids gain amidst teeing off and putting, PAR FORE also includes a month of life skills training on the
Stony Brook campus, covering topics like self-esteem, anti-bullying, and developing skills for school...
"A town in Long Island has devised a plan to keep troubled teenagers out of trouble by giving them a
golf club and ball. That's right. Officials in Islip are expected to pass a town board [resolution] that
would pair six teens and mentors, who will show them how to play golf." WABC News.
"Program receives praise from local politicians and community groups..." Newsday.
"Mr. Lawlor told The New York Times, “You can see the change in her character almost weekly”
commenting on his stepdaughter’s behavior since being in PAR FORE..." The New York Times
“It’s a great concept, kids get leadership from the university students and that gives the program more
credibility, resources, and cachet,” said MaryAnn Pfeiffer, executive director of YES. Suffolk Life.
"The world thinks gangs are only in certain neighborhoods, but they’re all over, even on eastern Long
Island,” said Councilman Steven Flotteron. Suffolk Life.
"Veterans Tee Off. A resident of the Long Island Veteran's Home is Stony Brook practices his golf
swing yesterday with the help of PAR FORE." Newsday.
"I think this is a tremendous program that exposes adolescents to a fun outdoor activity, as well as
encourages positive growth and discourages engaging in destructive behaviors which may stem
from boredom," Councilman Flotteron said...islip.org