Dr. John Lee wanted an easy way to introduce the game of golf to his grandchildren. Being an amateur illustrator, he drew a bear who taught all of his animal friends the proper way to swing a golf club with a simple 1-2-3 teaching method. He created an entire comic book demonstrating this 1-2-3 approach and introducing the basic rules of golf. The comic book was an instant hit with his grandchildren and their friends.
One day while looking out of his office window onto Jefferson Park Golf Course, Dr. Lee wondered if he could duplicate his 1-2-3 success with any child, especially those who lived in the inner city and who would not normally have an opportunity to learn the sport.
With this dream and thousands of dollars of his own funds, the Bogey Bear Jr. Golf Foundation was born.
Since 1996, the Bogey Bear Jr. Golf Foundation has taught the game of golf to thousands of inner-city youth for FREE. Students 7 through 17 are not only taught the technical aspects of swinging a golf club, but character values like confidence, integrity and sportsmanship. The current home of Bogey Bear Junior Golf is Jefferson Park Golf Course located at 4101 Beacon Avenue South on Seattle’s Beacon Hill. Bogey Bear Junior Golf provides FREE lessons, FREE equipment, FREE range balls and FREE green fees for advanced students to play on Jefferson’s Short-9 and 18-Hole Championship courses.
How can Bogey Bear Junior Golf provide all of these resources for FREE? Vounteer coaches and a once a year golf tournament. That’s it. We have a dedicated group of individuals, some of whom have coached since 1996, that have kept Dr. Lee’s dream alive. But we always need more coaches! Don’t know how to golf? We could still use volunteers to help manage all kinds of non-golf related activities. Won’t you join us?