PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.
Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development - both on and off course.
With more than 2,900 teams and 36,000 participants in 2016 - and Ambassadors like Rory McIlroy and Michelle Wie - PGA Junior League Golf has wide-ranging appeal for both youth and their parents.
PGA Junior League Golf is the key youth initiative of PGA REACH, the charitable arm of the PGA of America. As such, the program focuses on fun, recreation, good health and sportsmanship. PGA Junior League Golf is recreational and developmental in nature and works with PGA Sections and local youth organizations across the country to offer an alternative, social golf format. This unique approach highlights team play versus individual competition and serves as a feeder system to transition youth golfers to existing junior golf programs.
PGA Junior League Golf began in 2011, with teams competing in Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas, and San Diego. The inaugural PGA Junior League Golf "World Series" was held in September of the same year at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., which was captured by the Atlanta team.
The first-ever PGA Junior League Golf National Championship was held in 2012 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club among six Regional Champions. It was captured by Team California.
Since its inception, participation in PGA Junior League Golf has skyrocketed, with 36,000 youth participants competing on 2,900 teams in 47 states and all 41 PGA Sections in 2016.
PGA Junior League Golf has exploded in growth since 2011
|2012||California||Cog Hill Golf & Country Club||Lemont, IL|
|2013||Georgia||TPC Sugarloaf||Duluth, GA|
|2014||California||TPC Sugarloaf||Duluth, GA|
|2015||California||Disney's Palm Course||Lake Buena Vista, FL|
|2016||California||Grayhawk Golf Club||Scottsdale, AZ|