Our Mission


“To foster the development of Twin Cities youth by providing income-earning caddying opportunities, golf lessons and post-secondary scholarships, and providing peer and mentor support, teaching the life skills inherent in the game of golf.”

Our History

Two ForeUs participants and a board member with Tiger at a Tiger Woods Foundation clinic.

Starting in 1987


Since 1987, MMJGA has been giving Twin Cities youth a chance to learn the great game of golf and to earn extra income and life skills through caddying.

The results have been wonderful. We began our journey as a caddie program at Theodore Wirth Golf Course, and have re-directed our focus to placing our participants at the best private golf courses across the metro. Our mostly volunteer team trains up to 40 youth annually and provides ongoing resources for them throughout the season. Hundreds of our graduates have gone on to earn MMJGA scholarships, pursue college educations, grow friendships from the program and develop a lifelong love for the game of golf.

On the course, in partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation, several of our participants had the opportunity to work hands-on with Tiger himself. This operated as a springboard of sorts for many of our participants, including two who received hefty athletic scholarships to play golf at Kansas State and Concordia University.

But the true focus of our program in recent years has been specifically on the caddie portion. At our core we are a program designed to provide professional opportunities. Caddying is more than just walking around a course; it’s an opportunity to learn responsibility and nurture professional contacts for the future. In fact, one of our recent graduates received an internship – and later a full time position – with Mortenson Construction because of connections he made caddying for one of their top executives.

The anecdotal success stories of participants and parents alike are what drives this program. One of our graduates from decades ago may have summed it up best:

MMJGA began with a simple observation: if you give kids a chance, teach them a life skill, expose them to opportunity and surround them with the support, discipline and direction of a timeless sport, they will flourish. Since 1997, MMJGA has been giving inner-city, low-income and minority youth a chance to learn the great game of golf and to earn extra income and life skills through caddying.

The results have been wonderful. We began our journey as a caddie program at Theodore Wirth Golf Course, and have re-directed our focus to placing our participants at the best private golf courses across the metro. Our mostly volunteer team trains up to 40 youth annually and provides ongoing resources for them throughout the season. Hundreds of our graduates have gone on to earn MMJGA scholarships, pursue college educations, grow friendships from the program and develop a lifelong love for the game of golf.

On the course, in partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation, several of our participants had the opportunity to work hands-on with Tiger himself. This operated as a springboard of sorts for many of our participants, including two who received hefty athletic scholarships to play golf at Kansas State and Concordia University.

But the true focus of our program in recent years has been specifically on the caddie portion. At our core we are a program designed to provide professional opportunities. Caddying is more than just walking around a course; it’s an opportunity to learn responsibility and nurture professional contacts for the future. In fact, one of our recent graduates received an internship – and later a full time position – with Mortenson Construction because of connections he made caddying for one of their top executives.

The anecdotal success stories of participants and parents alike are what drives this program. One of our graduates from decades ago may have summed it up best:

 “The caddie program wasn’t just an opportunity to gain financial resources over the summer – it was so much more. We were placed in environments that allowed us to see beyond the streets of the northside and get immersed in experiences we typically wouldn’t have access to. We were able to listen in on collegial business conversations and network with doctors and lawyers. Greatest of all though, we were able to learn a game for which I have grown to love.”

 “The caddie program wasn’t just an opportunity to gain financial resources over the summer – it was so much more. We were placed in environments that allowed us to see beyond the streets of the northside and get immersed in experiences we typically wouldn’t have access to. We were able to listen in on collegial business conversations and network with doctors and lawyers. Greatest of all though, we were able to learn a game for which I have grown to love.”

In our proud history, we have had four participants earn an Evans Scholarship – a full-ride to the University of Minnesota, including two ForeUs alum who are Evans Scholars currently. And, with new initiatives in the works, we are excited to have the chance to enable many more in the years to come.

MMJGA has operated on a relatively low budget, being primarily driven by a volunteer board with incredible heart for the mission. But with new partnerships afoot with the PGA Tour and 3M, we are in a unique position to go to the next level. We envision a strong future and hope that, even after all the good the program has done so far, this is only the beginning.

In our proud history, we have had four participants earn an Evans Scholarship – a full-ride to the University of Minnesota, including two ForeUs alum who are Evans Scholars currently. And, with new initiatives in the works, we are excited to have the chance to enable many more in the years to come.

MMJGA has operated on a relatively low budget, being primarily driven by a volunteer board with incredible heart for the mission. But with new partnerships afoot with the PGA Tour and 3M, we are in a unique position to go to the next level. We envision a strong future and hope that, even after all the good the program has done so far, this is only the beginning.

Our Partners

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Our
Timeline

  • 1987

    F. Clayton Tyler gets his friends together for a fundraiser and forms what was then called Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association.

  • 1998

    ForeUs creates a partnership with Theodore Wirth Golf Course, starting a caddie program.

  • 1999

    Tiger Woods hosts a clinic for a dozen ForeUs participants in Minneapolis.

  • 2000

    Two ForeUs participants attend a Tiger Woods Foundation elite golf camp.

  • 2001

    ForeUs expands the caddie program to private clubs, including Minikahda Golf Club, Town & Country Club, Golden Valley Country Club and Hazeltine National Golf Club.

  • 2004

    Tasha Phillips becomes the first ForeUs caddie to earn an Evans Scholarship.
  • 2007

    ForeUs welcomes 50 new caddies – our biggest class ever.
  • 2008

    ForeUs adds a golf playing component with regular golf outings and professional lessons.
  • 2008

    ForeUs participants win the 3M Championship youth chip and putt competition.
  • 2008

    ForeUs layers in a life skills curriculum to provide not just a summer job, but a foundation for future careers.
  • 2014

    Karah VueBenson becomes the second ForeUs participant to earn an Evans Scholarship.
  • 2018

    Ryan Schenck becomes the first male ForeUs participant to earn an Evans Scholarship.
  • 2020

    Brandon Schenck keeps it in the family, earning an Evans Scholarship.
  • 2021

    A more official partnership is born between Minikahda Golf Club and ForeUs, creating course ambassadors and laying the foundation for more caddie opportunities.

Our Team

The ForeUs Board of Directors drive the vision of the program. 

F. CLAYTON TYLER

Founder & Board Chair

JACK STAHLMANN

Board Member & Executive Director

MIKE WIENS

Treasurer

LEA B. OLSEN

Board Member

LOUIS DEMARS

Board Member

LINDSAY ARTHUR

Board Member

DARREN JOSEPHSON

Board Member

NOAH GAGNER

Board Member

JIM RYAN

Board Member

TED GRINDAL

Board Member

CHRIS SHERMAN

Board Member
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