New sessions coming for 2018!
Thank you to everyone who came out for a fun evening of golf contests, giveaways, and games at Golfsmith, Hamilton Place. Families were welcomed into the store by Golfopotamus, making it’s debut in Chattanooga. Once inside they collected their PUMA sunglasses and registered for the evenings giveaways, which included a $100 gift card to Golfsmith, $25 gift cards to Golfsmith, Odyssey White Hot putter, and rounds of golf to Windstone Golf Club.
Each junior had their chance at two contests to win prizes. Jacob Cornell won closest to the hole at 7’12” and Patti Grace Brannan knows her distance as she nailed her 138 yard guess in the guess your drive contest. Once the contests were completed juniors convened on the putting green where PGA Master Professional Jex Wilson led instruction and games.
The evening wrapped up with our giveaways and each participant received an exclusive discount coupon to the store. Information and resources to junior golf events and activities taking place in the region were also provided. Thank you to the following for contributing to a fun night:
Matt Wilson and crew, Golfsmith Hamilton Place
Brooke Nooney, Regional Field Marketing Rep., Golfsmith
Jex Wilson, Master PGA Professional, Willow Brook GC
Brad Beck, Sales Rep, Cobra PUMA Golf
TNPGA – Chattanooga Chapter PGA
Jeff Craig, PGA, WindStone GC
Lamar Mills, PGA, Cleveland CC
Gregg Juster, PGA
Junior league golf is a fun team-vs-team format for kids ages 7-13. You will represent your team with your numbered team jersey and play in 9-hole scramble matches against other teams in the region. The league is ideal for beginner and intermediate golfers. Beginners can ease into matches by playing only 3 holes, whereas more experienced players may play a full 9 hole match.
Junior league golf allows kids interested in the game to become engaged in a fun atmosphere. You will enjoy playing various courses in the region while you build camaraderie with your team and others. You will also benefit from fundamentals associated with team sports such as teamwork, discipline, and dealing with success and failures.
Registration for Chattanooga teams will begin soon. Check with your host club professional or manager to make sure they register a team at your facility. Visit www.pgajuniorleaguegolf.com for more information. If you do not have a home club or facility email email@example.com and she will work to get you placed on a team.
In PGA JLG the focus is to have fun playing golf with your friends. PGA JLG teams want to win, but the stress often associated with individual medal play tournaments is eliminated by the low-pressure format and the camaraderie of playing on a team with your friends. Our goal is to foster an enjoyment of the game that will last a lifetime.
There is no individual scoring in PGA JLG. The two-player scramble format allows for all participants to feel connected with the team. Strong play is rewarded, while a poor shot does not lose the hole. Players of all skill levels are welcome and will contribute to the team’s success. Every player gets to play…in every competition!
Each team-vs-team competition in PGA JLG consists of four 9-hole matches. Each 9-hole match is broken down into three 3-hole segments that we call “Flags”. Actual “Flag” stickers are awarded to participants upon capturing a 3-hole point for their team. The stickers are collected by the players throughout the season, and proudly displayed on their PGA JLG bag-tags as a sign of accomplishment.
In PGA JLG matches, coaches have the opportunity to substitute players at the beginning of each new “Flag”. Each player is guaranteed to play at least one “Flag” in each competition. Substitutions allow coaches to create pairs that maximize the team’s chance for success, while still preserving the most enjoyable overall experience for each player.
One of PGA JLG’s most popular innovations is our numbered team jerseys. Introduced as part of the uniform for the inaugural JLG World Series in 2011, numbered jerseys will be supplied to all players and teams in 2013. Kids are accustomed to wearing numbered uniforms in other youth sports, so why not golf!!! This helps build a sense of identity for each participant on their PGA JLG team.
Participant fees to play on a PGA JLG team are determined by each individual Team Captain and may vary from team-to-team. The Captain has an annual team-fee he/she is responsible for recouping, and additional cost variables may include lessons, clinics or additional merchandise and equipment that individual facilities may provide in conjunction with PGA JLG. Although this variation in cost may exist, the recommended fee for a participant is under $200, and will always remain at or below the other recreational youth sports team fees in the market. Each player receives:
- Team Jerseys
- Golf Balls
- PGA JLG Bag Tags
- 5-6 regular-season league competitions
- Instruction from a PGA Professional
- Team practices
- Opportunity for All-Star Advancement
- Access to the PGA JLG Website
The PGA JLG regular season is approximately five weeks long in the late spring/early summer depending on your league’s location. Regular season play concludes no later than mid-July.
Similar to other youth recreational sports, PGA JLG encourages and relies on parental involvement. In addition to making sure participants get to matches and practices, parents can play an important role in the success of their team:
- Team captain/assistant
- Match monitor/scorer
- Player recruitment
If you want to join a team, contact the PGA Professional at the club or course where you play. If you are not sure who that is or your facility does not have one, please contact:
TN Golf Foundation Regional Director: Dori Paschall – firstname.lastname@example.org
Signal Mountain G&CC, 423.886.2557, Captain Paul Helle, email@example.com
The First Tee of Chattanooga, 423.855.8535, Captain Kathleen McCarthy, KMcCarthy@TheFirstTeeChattanooga.org
The Champions Club at Hampton Creek, 423.238.6812, Captain David Vaughn, firstname.lastname@example.org
WindStone GC, 423.894.1231, Captain Jeff Craig, email@example.com