Tennessee Golf Quarterly – Spring 2013

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The Spring 2013 issue contains the following:

  • Feature story on National First Tee Meeting in Nashville
  • Feature story on Revival at Sewanee: Gil Hanse’s Renovation
  • Preview of 2013 TGA Championship Sites
  • Agronomy Section featuring Course Care: Investing in Practice Facilities
  • Travel Section featuring Sarasota, FL
  • Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame Profile on Joe Taggert
  • and much more!

To view the Spring 2013 issue, click on the magazine cover or log onto www.golfhousetennessee.com/tga

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
Click the following for more information:

Congratulations

Chattanooga’s Brooke Pancake secured her 2013 LPGA Tour card yesterday during the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School in Daytona Beach, FL.

Click here for final results.

My first encounter with Brooke was over 10 years ago while administering a junior girls golf weekend camp at Golf House Tennessee. I had just started my first big girl job with the Tennessee Golf Association and Brooke had just started playing golf some short time before then. It has been exciting to watch her achieve so many great things on the golf course and in the classroom over the last decade. From Baylor to ‘Bama, to putts for NCAA Championship titles, to Nairn, Scotland as a Curtis Cup Team Member, and now to the LPGA. Well wishes and best of luck Brooke! – Dori W. Paschall, TGF

Brooke putting on the 18th green at Stonehenge GC during the 2011 TN Women’s Open