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Palmer Design & NAJGA Forge Partnership


Palmer Course Design Company and the Native American Junior Golf Association recently announced a joint partnership between the two organizations. The partnership will see Palmer Course Design offer its golf planning expertise to the NAJGA and make a donation to NAJGA in the name of any tribe constructing a golf facility.

Palmer Course Design views the partnership as a way to help tribes reach economic goals while helping to grow the game of golf in Indian Country through the NAJGA.

NAJGA, based in Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas, is in its fourth year of operation and is currently working with seven tribes across the country. It hopes to have 15 to 20 chapters on board by the end of next year.

James "JB" Cisneros is the founder of the Native American Junior Golf Association and is a member of the Kickapoo Tribe. He has been actively promoting the organization and its goal of providing tribes with access to the best equipment, instruction and facilities. The effort is supported by NAJGA's president Steve McDonald, a Native American and member of the Prairie Bank Potawatomi. McDonald is also a 17-year member of the PGA of America.

The partnership was officially cemented during a blanket ceremony at the Bay Hill Invitational this past March in Orlando, Florida. Cisneros presented Arnold Palmer with a blanket blessed by tribal elders of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. Palmer has said hes excited about the positive benefits the NAJGA will have on Native American youth, as well as the potential growth of golf the organization could provide.