DULUTH, Ga. – For the second consecutive year, Team California and Team Georgia will meet for the title in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship. After both squads went 2-0 Saturday in their respective conference competitions, the two teams will meet Sunday at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga.
The six teams that qualified for the Championship were divided into an East Conference (Georgia, Virginia, Massachusetts) and West Conference (Texas, California, Indiana). Teams played two competitions within their conference Saturday to determine the winner from each conference.
2013 PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
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The team format of PGA Junior League Golf features nine-hole matches with points awarded based on number of holes won, with coaches able to alternate players every three holes, ensuring all team members play.
Team California, the defending champion, won their opening competition 9 to 3 over Team Texas, and their second competition 8 to 4 over Team Indiana.
PGA Professional Andy Nisbet, the Captain of Team California, was extremely pleased with his team’s overall play.
“We played very well overall today and were able to get some putts to fall at the right times,” said Nesbitt. “It was pretty hot and humid, a little more than we are used to, but we play through it.”
Nisbet admitted that the road to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship was much more difficult for his team in 2013.
“At the regional competition we just squeaked by and the matches at the Championship have been difficult as well,” said Nisbet. “The level of play is extremely high this year and it is going to take our best effort to win this Championship again.”
Team Georgia earned a victory in their opening match, 8 to 1 over Team Virginia, and won their second match 9 to 3 over Team Massachusetts.
PGA Professional Chuck Scoggins, the Captain of Team Georgia, is looking forward to competing against Team California for the second consecutive year.
“Tomorrow is going to be a lot of fun, I am sure of that,” said Scoggins. “California doesn’t want to lose and we don’t want to lose to them again. I can’t wait to get started.”
Six teams of junior golfers advanced to compete in the 2013 PGA Junior League Golf Championship, with each of the six competing teams winning their respective PGA Junior League Golf Regional. The regions of the country represented are: Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and West.
All six teams will play one inter-conference match on Sunday. The championship trophy will be awarded at a closing ceremony following play on Sunday.
The PGA of America and League Golf partnered to create PGA Junior League Golf, which has experienced a 345 percent increase in participation since 2012. This year, nearly 9,000 juniors, ages 13 and under, competed on 740 teams from 160 leagues throughout June and early July.
PGA Junior League Golf is designed to bring young players together to learn the game among their peers and under the direction of PGA/LPGA Professionals serving as team captains. Parents are also encouraged to play an active role in the administration of matches and leagues, making the Junior League program a family activity with the capability to create another generation of players to enjoy the game. No previous playing experience is required and players of varied skill levels filled out the teams.
The program allows young golfers to enjoy the bonding associated with team sports without losing the competitiveness of a structured league environment. Much like other league sports, PGA Junior League Golf participants receive team uniforms with jersey numbers. Matches are coed, two-person scrambles, which reinforces the team concept and limits the pressure on any one player.