PGA Junior Golf League, the game’s fastest growing youth initiative, has launched registration for its fifth season with record numbers of kids again expected to compete in the program.
Registration for the new season opened Feb. 1, 2017, and parents can visit PGAJLG.com to search for programs by ZIP code and register online.
PGA Junior League Golf (PGA JLG) 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, complete with numbered jerseys. In 2016, there were PGA Junior League Golf teams in all 41 PGA Sections and in 47 states.
PGA Junior League utilizes a two-person scramble format for competition, which reinforces the team concept and creates a nurturing environment for learning the game. Teams play four, nine-hole matches in a game; Captains can substitute players every three holes, allowing everyone on the team a chance to participate. Teams typically play between four-to-six games in the regular season, which runs from April 1- July 31.
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 eight regional competitions held across the country. Eight regional champions advance to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship.
PGA Junior League featured a record-setting 36,000 participants across 2,900 teams nationwide in 2016, led by the more than 2,000 PGA and LPGA Professionals who served as Captains. The growth represents a 300 percent increase from the 9,000 kids who participated on 740 teams nationwide just three years prior (2013). Below are approximate yearly numbers: