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 2021 PGA Jr League Registration Is Now Open !

PGA Jr. League Guidelines for a Healthy Season

Teamwork and togetherness are at the heart of the PGA Jr. League experience, and while things look differently these days, PGA Jr. League and Trapp River & Tribute Golf Courses are committed to the health and safety of all those involved so we can stay committed to those values.  Click here to see PGA Jr. Leagues safety updates and guidelines.

What is PGA Jr League?

PGA Jr. League is a game-changing opportunity for boys and girls to learn and play golf. The program brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences and focuses on fun, recreation, good health and sportsmanship.

PGA Jr. League is recreational and developmental in nature and works with PGA Sections and local youth organizations across the country to offer an alternative, social golf format. This unique approach highlights team play versus individual competition and serves as a feeder system to transition youth golfers to existing junior golf programs.

Boys and girls of all backgrounds and skill levels learn, practice and play together in a supportive, two-person scramble formatted game that encourages mentor-ship, builds confidence and promotes sportsmanship and teamwork.

Who runs it?

Kerry Fitzgerald, Head Golf Professional, will Captain both Trapp River & Tribute Teams for his 3rd season entering 2021.

 

Who can join?

PGA Jr. League is open to any child ages 9-13 as of July 31. (The recommended minimum age is 9, however younger players may be able to participate at the discretion of coach Kerry)

PGA Jr. League is open to both boys and girls! Due to the program's nurturing scramble format, all teammates can work together and contribute to winning their game, regardless of gender. Boys and girls of similar ability play and compete together in any match pairing (boy-and-girl, girl-and-girl, boy-and-boy). There are no separate divisions. Tee boxes and yardages are age/ability appropriate.

PGA Jr League is gear toward newer players giving them a less stressful introduction to competitive play. If your child plays at a higher skill level for their age and has already been in junior golf tournaments please contact Coach Kerry before signing up for PGA Jr League online.

Schedule of Practices & Competitions?

Who do we play matches against? NEW for 2021

The plan for the 2021 season is to have what is called an "In House" PGA Jr League. What does that mean? I would like to assemble a minimum of 4 teams each team must have a minimum of 6 players. If possible, I would like to have 7 or 8  so we 6-8 players on a team so we need a total of 24-32 participants. We had 24 players during the 2020 season so I think this is an attainable goal.

The four teams would play a 7 match season playing each of the other 3 team twice. Once at Trapp River and a second time at Tribute GC. The plan at this time is to have all four teams playing their matches on Sunday afternoons about 4 or 5pm we will look at the possibility of doing shotgun starts whenever possible.

Here is a sample of the schedule based on 4 teams. If we are fortunate enough to get more than 4 teams, we will adjust the schedule. We will start matches in late May and end in July.

Week 1 @TR             Week 2  @ Tribute        Week 3 @ TR
2 vs 1                          4 vs 2                             4 vs 1
3 vs 4                          1 vs 3                             2 vs 3

Week 4 @Tribute      Week  5  @ TR             Week 6 @ Tribute
2 vs 1                          4 vs 2                             4 vs 1
3 vs 4                          1 vs 3                             2 vs 3


I am looking at the "In House"  option as it cuts down on travel time for the families and with two courses to play we can give the players a good mix of playing challenges. There may be an opportunity for exhibition matches against other area teams.

What does it cost? 2021 COSTS & INFORMATION

The registration fee per golfer in 2021 for Trapp River & Tribute Golf Courses will be $250/player Included with the registration fee:

  • Gear
    • Two (2) team jerseys (one orange & one blue - for home & away matches) Players get to choose their jersey number.
    • PGA Junior League Hat or Visor
    • PGA Junior League Drawstring bag
    • PGA Junior League Participant "Bag Tag"
  • Golf
    • Minimum of 7 golf matches 4 at Trapp River and 3 at Tribute GC All matches will be Sunday afternoons about 430pm
    • Use of Driving Range & Golf Course at each practice Each team will have 4-6 supervised practices with Coach Kerry during the season. Practices will be on Sunday afternoons at Trapp River.
    • Free use of the Trapp River practice range for participants anytime during the PGA Jr League Season.
    • END OF YEAR GOLF SKILLS COMPETITION & PIZZA PARTY!

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2021 REGISTRATION is now open !!  You must sign up through the PGA at the link below.

You will be signing up for the Spring/Summer session in the 13U (13 and under age division) Sign up as a Trapp River player and I will assign players to a team after sign up deadline of May 1st. If you have siblings or buddies that wish to play together contact me personally after you sign up through PGA Jr League.

 FORMAT OF COMPETITION

The following information gives more details about how competitions work. During the course of one game, teams play four 9-hole matches in a popular two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and creating a nurturing environment for learning the game. Coaches can also substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate.

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.

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".

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.

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.

Spectators
Friends, family and spectators are encouraged to attend and watch - you are permitted to encourage the players but NOT COACH them.
We traditionally will have some golf carts available to aid in watching the matches and transporting the players when necessary.

2021 REGISTRATION is now open !!  You must sign up through the PGA at the link below.


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