PGA Junior League Golf

flagThe Chattanooga Chapter PGA introduces team golf for boys and girls ages 7-13.

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
  • Awards
  • 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
  • Coach
  • Team-mother
  • 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 PGA Junior Committee Chair: Jeff Craig – hooptiepga@pga.com
TN PGA Chattanooga Chapter Junior Golf Chair: Lee Cantrell – hdr19@comcast.net
TN Golf Foundation Regional Director: Dori Paschall – dpaschall@pgahq.com
Current facilities in the Chattanooga area hosting junior league:
Council Fire GC, 423.499.6300, Captain Tad Holley, proshop@councilfire.net
Signal Mountain G&CC, 423.886.2557, Captain Paul Helle, phelle@smgcc.org
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, david.vaughn@cchamptoncreek.com
WindStone GC, 423.894.1231, Captain Jeff Craig, windstone@catt.com
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