PGA Jr. League is an exciting opportunity for boys and girls from all backgrounds and abilities, to learn the game of golf in a fun, inclusive setting.
The key youth initiative of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA Jr. League is shifting the perception of youth golf and the way the game is learned and played. In 2017, a record of 42,000 boys and girls participated on 3,400 teams, growing from 36,000 kids on 2,900 teams the previous year. PGA and LPGA Professionals exemplify the ethics and fundamentals of the game by serving as role models and coaches.
Similar to Little League baseball, PGA Jr. League is comprised of local golf teams that play in friendly competitions that encourage both skill development and team-building. PGA Jr. League is a fun and exciting scramble format, where two players per team compete at one time, and the best shot from the two is selected and then played until the ball is holed out. Teams play four nine-hole matches per game, with the ability to substitute players every three holes, ensuring that all team members have the chance to participate. Similar to other youth sports, this format allows new players to fully engage in the game by learning in a team environment first, and working toward a higher level of performance later. This encouraging and fun atmosphere keeps kids engaged and interested in continuing to play golf as they grow older.
Following the regular season, 10-player all-star teams are formed from a combination of players in each league. Teams will compete in their Section Championship to determine who advances to one of twelve regional sites across the country. The winner of each regional event will advance to the PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental.
PGA Jr. League provides an opportunity for PGA and LPGA Professionals to engage diverse groups at a young age and increase their participation in golf. As PGA Jr. League continues to grow and gain visibility, and with the support of prominent PGA Jr. League Ambassadors Michelle Wie, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, we anticipate further increases in participation, especially among those of diverse backgrounds. Through PGA REACH we will continue our outreach to make sure that PGA Jr. League represents the true diversity of our country.
We also envision a global future for PGA Jr. League given its current momentum in the United States. The PGA of America has worked with varying entities to start piloting the program in a number of markets internationally including Canada, China, Europe, New Zealand and South Africa.
For more information about PGA Jr. League, please visit pgajrleague.com.