Team Tennessee huddles during the 2016 PGA Junior League Golf Mississippi Valley Regional at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Oklahoma.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (May 9, 2017) – Eight facilities have been named host sites of the 2017 PGA Junior League Golf Regional competitions, set to begin in September. All-star teams of junior golfers ages 13 and under will compete for the opportunity to advance to the 2017 PGA Junior League Golf Championship presented by National Car Rental, Nov. 16-19, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“While the focus of PGA Junior League Golf remains on introducing both boys and girls to the game of golf in the encouraging atmosphere of the regular season, the postseason is the natural next-step that provides a fun and competitive outlet for participants,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “We’re thrilled to have eight world-class facilities on board in 2017, to offer these exciting young players the feeling of participating in a major golf event.”
2017 Regional Competition Host Sites:
• Mississippi Valley Region (Sept. 2-3): Bayou Oaks at City Park (South Course) – New Orleans
Host PGA Professional: Alex Abbruzza
New championship-level golf course designed by Rees Jones in the heart of New Orleans.
• Southeast Region (Sept. 2-3): Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Oak Point and Turtle Point Courses) – Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Host PGA Professional: Joshua Wagaman
The Resort’s famed Ocean Course has hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship, and is scheduled to host the PGA Championship in 2021.
• Midwest Region (Sept. 9-10): Brown Deer Park Golf Course – Milwaukee
Host PGA Professional: Andrew Barrett
Location of the Greater Milwaukee Open (later the U.S. Bank Championship) where Tiger Woods made his pro debut in 1996; previously hosted the U.S. Mid-Amateur along with Milwaukee Country Club and currently hosts the PHC Classic on the LPGA Symetra Tour.
• Southwest Region (Sept. 9-10): Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills (Blue Course) – Westminster, Colorado
Host PGA Professional: Val Heim III
Host of the inaugural Colorado State Public Links Championship in 1965; and one of Northern Metropolitan Denver’s most popular nine-hole courses, with more than 40,000 rounds played per year.
• Northeast Region (Sept. 16-17): Atkinson Country Club – Atkinson, New Hampshire
Host PGA Professional: Peter Doherty
Named “2015 National Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association.
• Western Region (Sept. 16-17): TPC Harding Park – San Francisco
Host PGA Professional: Tom Smith
Host site of the 2020 PGA Championship; hosted the Presidents Cup in 2009, which will return to TPC Harding Park in 2025.
• Mid-Atlantic Region (Sept. 23-24): LedgeRock Golf Club – Mohnton, Pennsylvania
Host PGA Professional: Andy Miller
Rees Jones-designed course and returning as a 2016 PGA Junior League Golf Regional site.
• Mideast Region (Sept. 30 – Oct. 1): The Bridgewater Club – Carmel, Indiana
Host PGA Professional: Rick Witt
Pete Dye-design recognized as a Distinguished Emerald Club by BoardRoom Magazine and Top 50 Private Club Practice Facility by Golf Range Association of America; hosted 2005 PING Junior Solheim Cup.
PGA Junior League Golf offers boys and girls—ages 13 and under of all abilities—a fun, social, and inclusive opportunity to learn and play golf in a recreational team setting with their friends. Much like other recreational youth sports, players wear numbered jerseys, utilizing a popular scramble format for competition. PGA and LPGA Professionals serve exclusively as Captains, providing expert coaching and instruction.
Following the regular season, 10-player all-star teams are formed from a combination of players in each league. Teams move through a series of sub-regional competitions to advance to one of the eight regional competitions. The eight regional champions advance to the Championship, to be held for the second-consecutive year at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
PGA Junior League Golf featured a record-setting 36,000 participants across 2,900 teams nationwide last year, led by more than 2,000 PGA and LPGA Professionals. This growth represents a 300 percent increase from the 9,000 boys and girls who participated on 740 teams nationwide just three years prior.