As the experts in the game and business of golf, the Northern California Section of the PGA, and its PGA Professionals and Apprentices are dedicated to supporting the development of juniors through the game of golf.
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.
By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, Drive, Chip and Putt provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.
Registration for Drive, Chip and Putt is open. Local qualifying will be available in all 50 states. For more information, please visit the Rules and Regulations.
Boys and girls, ages 13 & under, compete in a popular two-person scramble format which reinforces the team concept and creates a nurturing environment for learning the game. Similar to other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends. Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach, and is responsible for scheduling practices and games, communicating with players and parents, and youth safety.
**Many facilities offer 16 & under programs, which will be denoted in the facility description on the registration search page. **
Eligibility: Boys and girls of all abilities who are 13 & under are eligible to play. The recommended minimum age is 9, however many captains permit younger players to participate. A player cannot be 14 years of age prior to August 1st (which coincides with the end of the regular season) of the year in which s/he participates. For example, for the 2017 season no participant who turns 14 before August 1, 2017 will be eligible to participate.
Questions: For more information on the program or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit www.pgajrleague.com.
The Junior Tour of Northern California, a joint effort between the NCPGA and NCGA, launched its first season in 2010. It is one of the most complete junior tournament programs being developed and attracts the best young players in the north state, with the highest levels of competition that can be found on almost any junior tour.
With the support of presenting partner Capital Insurance Group (CIG), the Tour has grown and gained popularity. The JTNC routinely has a handful of players who graduate high school and move on to play Division I college golf, and many events sell out after just hours online – thus showing that our two organizations are offering a premier experience for juniors in the region.
The quality of JTNC tournaments has been recognized by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) by awarding performance-based entry status to the winners of all Boys and Girls Championship flights.
Eligibility: Players 18 or younger are eligible to play (those under 10 must have an exemption), provided they have a current NCGA or Youth on Course membership and have met the additional criteria for tournament play. There are multiple flights to accomodate almost any young aspiring competitiors and educational elements include seminars on proper etiquette, rules, and what it takes to compete at the highest levels.
Questions: For more information on the program or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit www.jtnc.org.
The Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start.
Begun in 1976, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., the Championship has been a popular stop on the national junior circuit for many of today’s PGA and LPGA touring professionals.
Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Billy Andrade, Kathy Baker, Brandie Burton, Stewart Cink, Chris Couch, Jim Gallagher Jr., Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Billy Mayfair, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Grace Park, InBee Park, Dottie Pepper, Stacy Prammanasudh, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Lexi Thompson, Scott Verplank, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.
Starting in 2017 the Junior PGA Championship has been split into two separate championships, the Girls Junior PGA Championship and the Boys Junior PGA Championship.
Eligibility: The Girls Junior PGA Championship is open to females who are no older than 18 years of age on July 12, 2018. The Boys Junior PGA Championship is open to males who are no older than 18 years of age on August 3, 2018.
Questions: For more information on the Northern California Junior PGA Championship, click here.
For more information on the program, visit www.juniorpgachampionship.com.