New York, NY – TGA Sports ambassador Danny Guise has qualified for this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii. The 27-year-old former Wake Forest University golfer shot 4-under (68) at Hoakalei CC then survived a 9-for-1 playoff to earn his first career PGA Tour start.
An inspiration for youth playing golf or any sport, Guise has exemplified a golfer paying his dues the past six years, as he passionately chased his dream to qualify for the PGA Tour. His dedication and hard work will be on display this week at Waialae CC in Honolulu.
Golf has been a true family affair with the Guises. Parents Joe and Debbie set a foundation and pathway for Danny to achieve his dream. Danny began playing at a young age in large part due to Joe, who helped develop drills and games to improve Danny’s skills. That led him to an amazing junior golf career (55 wins) and college career at Wake Forest. Today, Joe continues helping youth with drills and games, and is also a golf coach and assistant director for one of TGA’s top golf franchises in Southern Westchester (NY) and Fairfield (CT) counties.
“This has been 20 years in the making with Danny and we couldn’t be more proud of him and what he has accomplished this week,” says Joe. “The way the schedule shaped out with the Korn Ferry Tour this month, we decided to try the Monday Qualifier in Hawaii. Debbie and I haven't been here since our honeymoon 31 years ago, and thought we should go back with Danny, and if he doesn’t qualify, we stay another week on vacation and play more golf. Now he's getting to compete, and we get to walk alongside and be part of his dream -- and on a second honeymoon. It’s truly a dream come true for our family.”
In his sophomore season at Wake Forest, Danny finished second in team scoring average (to Will Zalatoris) in 2014-15. He's also made three career Korn Ferry Tour starts and has conditional status in 2023 after advancing to Final Stage of Q-School.
“We are so happy and thrilled for Danny to finally reach one of his many goals as a professional golfer,” said Adam Geisler, CEO of Youth Athletes United. “He has been the perfect TGA Sports ambassador and role model for our kids -- an inspiration for all of our athletes to look up to and learn about how hard work, dedication, and believing in yourself can help you accomplish anything. Congratulations, Danny!”
Youth Athletes United, the 268-unit multi-brand youth sports franchisor behind TGA Golf, one of the leading junior golf programs in the industry, acquired TGA Sports to add the fast growing individual sports of golf and tennis to its other premier youth sports franchise programming, Soccer Stars, Amazing Athletes, JumpBunch and Little Rookies. Partnerships with professional athletes like Guise, help to inspire and impact youth while growing the sports in communities nationwide through local franchise activation. The national youth sports brand also has a partnership with tennis star Leylah Fernandez.
To learn more about TGA Sports and its golf franchise model through Youth Athletes United, visit https://www.franchisetga.com.
About Youth Athletes United
Established youth sports and activities brands Amazing Athletes, Soccer Stars and TGA Premier Sports come together under parent company, Youth Athletes United. With 15 - 20 years of success for each individual brand, a total 250+ units and 200,000+ children instructed nationwide each year, Youth Athletes United has earned trust in each community they touch. The brand’s overarching mission is to help the world understand that every kid is an athlete and ultimately impact the lives of over one million children.
About TGA Sports
TGA Sports (TGA) is a leading introductory and recreational youth sports programming company specializing in Golf, Tennis and Team Sports (Cheerleading, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Lacrosse, Ultimate, and Volleyball). Through an innovative franchise business model, TGA empowers passionate entrepreneurs to impact the lives of youth and families by bringing youth sports enrichment programs into their communities.
TGA franchises can be found in more than 77 markets across 23 states (plus Washington D.C.). Its continued growth has impacted more than 825,000 youth and made these sports available to 1.75 million families through its education-based programs and the TGA Sports Foundation, which provides access for all children and promotes the physical, educational, social, and character-building elements of these sports.