In 2016, PGA Junior League Golf had a record-breaking 36,000 youth participants playing on 2,900 teams across the country.
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 Championship occurs in October or November.
For the scheduling specifics of your team or league, please consult with your local golf facility and your team's Captain.
You can read all about the format and rules of PGA Junior League Golf, here.
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.
You can search for a team here.
In 2016, there were 2,900 teams across the country. Many of those teams will continue playing and leagues are expected to grow.
If you are unable to locate a Team near you, you may also call your local golf facility and inquire with the PGA or LPGA Professional about starting or fielding a PGA Junior League Golf team.
All Players must be registered for the current season by their Parents. You can search for and join a Team 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 participant's games, practices and social experience with PGA Junior League Golf, every player will receive a team jersey, bag tag, flag stickers and other programming items. Some teams provide additional items as well.
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:
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:
For questions regarding a specific team or league, including cost, registration dates, registration process and game scheduling, please contact the PGA or LPGA Professional Captain.
For other questions, please reference the Contact Us page.