Using golf to change the lives of Detroit girls

Posted at 9:25 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 21:25:13-04

Golf and inner city youth don't typically go together, but there is one woman who has been working hard at a Detroit gem since 2014 to change that.

She calls the game a life skill and wants to make sure girls get it on the green.

It didn't take long for the girls to get into the swing of things.

The fresh air, the bonding and the budding possibilities for a young lady’s future are all reasons why Francine Pegeas is the woman behind the Golf 4 Girls program at Belle Isle.

The president of the Michigan Women's Golf Association beat out three other bidders to bring the LPGA girls’ golf program to Michigan and she put it in the heart of the city so girls who may not otherwise be exposed to the sport can hit straight down the road to success.

The impact is priceless.

So, for changing lives one swing at a time, we made Francine Pegues our Person of the Week.

Francine says the golf 4 girls program has produced a number of successes - including a girl who started at 6-years-old now playing on her high school team and another on a golf scholarship at King's College in New York City.

Francine tells us there are sessions for boys as well.