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PGA Junior League Information

PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development - both on and off course.

With more than 2,500 teams and 30,000 participants in 2015 - and Ambassadors like Rory McIlroy and Michelle Wie - PGA Junior League Golf has wide-ranging appeal for both youth and their parents.

Schedule

Registration for your local team or league typically takes place between January and April. The regular season of PGA Junior League Golf occurs between April 1 and July 31st. For those players that advance to the Post-Season of PGA Junior League Golf, those games begin in August.

Depending on the number of teams in your local league, your regular season games can take place at any point between April and July. For information specific to your regular season schedule, please consult with your PGA or LPGA Professional Captain.

League

A league is made up of local teams within your geographic area, minimizing the distance and amount of time spent commuting between games.

A league will have between four to seven teams and may consist of teams from just one facility or teams from a collection of facilities.

During the course of the regular season, your team will play a game against each team in your league.

Game

A game is played between two teams. Depending on who the home team is, in addition to course scheduling and availability, will determine where the game is played.

During the course of a game, four matches are played by at least two players from each team against each other.

The winner of the game is determined by the total number of points won within all matches.

Friends, family and spectators are encouraged to attend and watch - but not participate or aide - each game!

Scramble

A scramble is a popular format that encourages teamwork and problem solving. Its nurturing nature creates a fun environment where the negative effect of performance errors is minimized.

Each player will tee off at the beginning of each hole. The team then selects their best shot of the two and then each player plays again from the spot of the selected shot. Repeat this process until the ball is in the hole.

The team with the lowest score wins the hole.

Flags

Flags are 3-hole segments of each match. Since each match is played over the course of 9 holes, there are three flags per match.

Whichever team wins the most holes within each flag (i.e. 3 holes-to-0 or 2 holes-to-1 hole), wins the corresponding flag.

Points

Each flag won by the team is worth one point. Each tied flag won by the team is worth a half point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Since there are four matches in each game, and each match is played for a maximum of three points, there are a maximum of 12 points total in each game.

Captains

Each PGA Junior League Golf team or league is Captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional!

These golf professionals are uniquely positioned to create an inviting and welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game of golf. They also provide critical instruction to help young participants advance both their golf skill and character development - on and off course.

Team

A team is a collection of eight to twelve players, boys and girls of any ability, who work together during the course of a game against another team.

Each team is Captained and instructed by a PGA or LPGA Professional and may have the administrative assistance of a parent volunteer/coach to assist in the administration of team business.

Match

A match consists of two teammates (or three, with a substitute) competing against a similar grouping from the opposing team in a fun, nurturing scramble format.

The match lasts for nine holes and is broken up into three 3-hole segments called "flags".

Alternates

Due to PGA Junior League Golf's recreational nature, every player on the team is encouraged to participate.

While each match is only actively played by two players from each team at any given time, the team Captain may substitute an alternate player into the match at the start of any flag.

When the alternate player is not one of the two active players in his or her team's match, they can still play an integral role in the success of their team by reading putts, discussing strategy, tending the flag stick and aiding pace-of-play. At no time should an alternate ever feel left out of the team's efforts!

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