PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Six teams of junior golfers have advanced to compete in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., Sept. 6-8. Each of the six competing teams won their respective PGA Junior League Golf Regional, representing the Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and West regions of the country.
Teams competing in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship:
2013 PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
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• Team Georgia (Atlanta – Hamilton Mill Country Club)
• Team Virginia (Fairfax – Country Club of Fairfax, Army/Navy, Mt. Vernon, Springfield Golf & Country Club)
• Team Massachusetts (South Boston – LeBaron Hills, Acushnet River Valley, Bay Club, Country Club of Halifax)
• Team Texas (Houston – The Woodlands, The Oaks, Palmer Course at The Woodlands, Canongate at Lake Windcrest)
• Team California (Livermore – GRIP Golf Academy)
• Team Indiana (Indianapolis – Prestwick, The Legends Golf Club, Winding River Golf Course, Riverside Golf Club)
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.
Following the regular season, four teams advanced to six Regional Championships. The six Regional champions will compete for the championship.
“PGA Junior League Golf has been a huge success story and the PGA Junior League Golf Championship will bring to a close what has been an exciting summer of team golf,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “With a huge increase in participation and enthusiasm in 2013, we are looking forward to even greater success in the future for this innovative program.”
The teams will arrive at TPC Sugarloaf for a practice round on Friday, Sept. 6. They have been divided into an East Conference (Georgia, Virginia, Massachusetts) and West Conference (Texas, California, Indiana). Teams will play two matches within their conference Saturday, Sept. 7, to determine the winner from each conference who will play for the Championship Sunday, Sept. 8. All six teams will play one inter-conference match on Sunday, Sept. 8, with the East and West Conference winners from Saturday competing for the Championship. They play 9-hole matches with points awarded based on number of holes won, and coaches can substitute players every three holes ensuring all team members play. The championship trophy will be awarded at a closing ceremony following play on Sunday.
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. Coaches can substitute players every three holes so all of the 12 to 14 golfers on each team can participate.