2015 PGA Junior League Golf Championship

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Members of Team California react to the winning shot Sunday at Walt Disney World's Palm course.
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The PGA of America

Series: PGA

Published: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 | 2:31 p.m.
2015 PGA Junior League Golf Championship
When: Nov. 5-8
Where: Walt Disney World (Palm Course), Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
2014 Champion: Team California
Format: Each of the eight teams plays three matches to determine the winner from the East and West Conference, with those winners meeting to decide the national championship.
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