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In 2015, PGA Junior League Golf had over 30,000 youth participants playing on nearly 2,500 teams across the country. Teams can be found in all 50 states and 41 PGA sections.
In general, registration for a season of PGA Junior League Golf occurs between January and March of any given year.
The regular season takes place April through July. Games can be scheduled for any period in between. All regular season games must be completed by July 31. Most regular seasons consist of 5 to 6 local games.
The post-season begins in August with local qualifiers, section championships and sub-regional qualifying. Regional qualifying typically occurs in September, while the PGA Junior League Golf typically occurs in October.
For the scheduling specifics of your team or league, please consult with your local golf facility and your team's Captain.
PGA Junior League Golf is open to boys and girls, 13 & under, of all abilities.
A player must not be 14-years-of-age by July 31st of whichever season he or she is participating in. Younger players are typically 9-years-old or older - however, many Captains incorporate younger players into their leagues or teams.
Some facilities are piloting a "16 & Under" division. Please consult your local golf facility and team Captain for additional details.
In 2015, there were more than 2,500 teams across all 50 states. Many of those teams will continue playing next year and leagues are expected to grow.
Once 2016 registration begins, you will be able to search for teams in your geographic area on this website.
Until then, you can search for teams in your local area and ask about registration for the following season. You can also call local golf facilities, ask for the PGA or LPGA Professional and inquire if the facility is fielding a PGA Junior League Golf team.
Registration for each team is unique, however most parents and players register with their team online. Once registration for your team begins you can complete that process here.
Some private facilities only allow members of their club to participate in PGA Junior League Golf. Other facilities view it as an opportunity to showcase their facility to would-be members. The best way to find out is by calling the PGA or LPGA Professional at the facility in question.
Even if you are registering for a PGA Junior League Golf team at a public facility, it would be advisable to contact the PGA or LPGA Professional and Captain in advance to determine if the team is a good fit.
Some Captains, at both private and public facilities, will set their registration to "private". This simply means that you will need a specific password, provided by that Captain, to register for that specific PGA Junior League Golf team. Captains often use this to streamline and organize the registration for their team.
Please contact your local PGA Junior League Golf Captain for any registration team password questions.
Contact your local PGA or LPGA Professional and PGA Junior League Golf Captain for information specific to your team.
Because PGA Junior League Golf is organized at the local level, many aspects of the program vary from team-to-team and league-to-league. This could include the scheduling of matches, number of teams in a league, practices offered, price of the program, etc.
In addition to a child's matches, practices and social experience with PGA Junior League Golf, every player will receive a team jersey, golf balls, bag tag and flag stickers. Some teams provide additional incentives, including hats, rental clubs and more.
Yes! PGA Junior League Golf prides itself on being recreational and developmental, first, and competitive, second.
Each PGA and LPGA Professional Captain is responsible for ensuring that any child in attendance at any game gets to compete in at least one flag (a 3-hole segment). Even when alternates are not playing in their respective match, they are still an active and valuable part of the team, assisting in strategy, reading putts and aiding with the pace of play.
All players play from the same tees. They are friendly and fair for all genders and abilities.
Often better players and inexperienced players are paired together - creating the opportunity for both team success and the mentoring and development of the inexperienced player.
Specifically, courses are setup to not exceed 2,800 yards, with limited forced carries and with appropriate yardages for all holes relative to their par.
The scheduling for every league and team is different.
The regular season of PGA Junior League Golf typically has between 5-6 regular season games. These games can take place any time between April 1st and July 31st. Often the team Captain will work with their players and families to pick times that are family friendly so everyone can participate (nights, weekends, etc.).
Please contact your PGA or LPGA Professional Captain for scheduling questions specific to your PGA Junior League Golf team.
Like most youth sports, you are responsible for transporting - or coordinating transportation with other players and parents - to and from games. PGA and LPGA Professional Captains do not provide transportation to and from league games.
Each game consists of 4 matches, 9-holes in length and typically takes place over the course of 2.5 hours.
Pace of play is important and PGA Junior League Golf provides the perfect arena to instill these values at an early age. Captains will advise their players on strategies to quickly work together and ensure an enjoyable experience for all - players and spectators.
Yes! Spectators are encouraged.
PGA Junior League Golf is a family friendly event. It is not uncommon to see 20+ spectators following an individual match. It's the perfect opportunity to spend an evening together as a family, outdoors and in a relaxed environment.
If you do attend a PGA Junior League Golf match, however, please be sure to abide by the Spectator guidelines. If you would like to be more involved, consider volunteering to score a match.
Absolutely. PGA Junior League Golf - like other youth recreational sports - thrives on the involvement of the community.
While PGA and LPGA Professionals exclusively serve as team Captains, often parents get involved as Coaches to handle detailed scheduling or administrative management of the team.
Some ways in which parents have previously volunteered:
- Assistant Coach
- Walking Scorer
- Providing snacks and drinks
Please contact your team's Captain to discover how you can get involved!
While PGA Junior League Golf is predominantly focused on being a recreational youth sport, there is no denying that the thrill of competition fuels the fun!
At the conclusion of the regular season, all-star teams are assembled. Through a series of qualifiers, sub-regional and regional championships, eight teams will qualify for the PGA Junior League Golf Championship.
All-Star teams are assembled based on the number of teams in a local league and the final standings of the local league. Below are some examples of how an All-Star team is created:
- At the end of the regular season, a league champion team will be crowned. The winning Captain will be the league's All-Star team Captain.
- Every team in the league will have some representation on the All-Star team, however the actual numbers will vary based on league size.
- Each All-Star team will be comprised of 10 active players and 2 alternates. The recommended breakdown is:
- For a 7-team league: Championship team gets 3 spots, runner-up gets 2 spots, 1 spot each from the remaining 5 teams
- For a 6-team league: Championship team gets 4 spots, runner-up gets 2 spots, 1 spot each from the remaining 4 teams
- For a 5-team league: Championship team gets 4 spots, runner-up gets 2 spots, 1 spot each from the remaining 3 teams, 1 at large spot awarded by league Captains' majority vote.
- For a 4-team league: Championship team gets 4 spots, runner-up gets 2 spots, 1 spot each from the remaining 2 teams, 2 at large spots awarded by league Captains' majority vote.
- At no time, without the expressed permission of PGA Junior League Golf staff will an All-Star team be permitted to have more than 5 players on its roster from any one team in the league.
- A team may surrender an All-Star spot only upon email confirmation of the voluntary surrender by the surrendering Captain. Once an All-Star spot is awarded to a player, only the player or their parents may surrender the spot via email confirmation.
- All-Star team players must participate in at least 75% of their team's regular season games to be eligible.