Joplin Golf Foundation

Est. 1981

PGA Junior League Golf

Do you want to see your junior golfer have some fun on the course? 

PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 16 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 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. 

Ambassadors like Rory McIlroy, Lexi Thompson, Rickie Fowler, Michelle Wie, Steph Curry and Alex Morgan –  PGA Junior League Golf has wide-ranging appeal for both youth and their parents.

Teams are forming now:

Carthage Golf Course with PGA Professional Mark Peterson

Sign Up Carthage 13U

Sign Up Carthage 17U

Schifferdecker Golf Course with PGA Professional Daryn Buholt

Sign Up Schifferdecker 13U

Sign Up Schifferdecker 17U

Twin Hills Country Club with PGA Professional Doug Adams

Twin Hills players must have an access code to sign up. Please contact Doug Adams, PGA 

Briarbrook Golf Course with Professional Kaleb Forkner

Sign Up Briarbrook 13U

Sign Up Briarbrook 17U


2019 will be the fifth year that I have captained a PGA Junior League Golf team. I embraced the concept of PGA JLG from the beginning. I had always wanted to have an option for juniors to play golf in competitive but fun low pressure environment with their friends. PGA JLG hit it right on the head!

I have never seen young golfers enjoy the game as much as I have with PGA JLG. Parents and family also get involved in the activities by helping the captains and coaches with different duties at practices and games. Family and friends come out to watch. The golf course is full of people watching these teams play. It’s kind of like Little League baseball for golf.

Mark Peterson

Head PGA Professional, Carthage Golf Course

Basic Description

  • 8-12 player teams of junior golfers from 8-13 years of age. 
  • New for the Joplin League in 2019 will be a 14-16 age group in the Joplin League.
  • Teams compete in a league with other area PGA JLG teams.
  • Four practices through the month of May before the league starts in June.
  • One game per week through the season.
  • Post season (8-13) division begins in August with a playoff system that could take you all the way to the national finals.
  • Instruction from PGA Professionals who serve as team captain and are uniquely positioned to create an inviting and welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game of golf!

Overview Video

Looking for a short introduction to PGA Junior League Golf?

Check out this two-minute video, where you’ll hear from parents, players, Captains and some of our Ambassadors!


PGA Junior League Golf

PGA Junior League Golf is the key youth initiative of PGA REACH, the charitable arm of the PGA of America. As such, the program focuses on fun, recreation, good health and sportsmanship. PGA Junior League Golf 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.


PGA Junior League Golf

PGA Junior League Golf began in 2011, with teams competing in Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas, and San Diego. The inaugural PGA Junior League Golf “World Series” was held in September of the same year at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA, which was captured by the Atlanta team.

The first-ever PGA Junior League Golf National Championship was held in 2012 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club among six Regional Champions. It was captured by Team California.

Since its inception, participation in PGA Junior League Golf has skyrocketed, with 36,000 youth participants competing on 2,900 teams in 47 states and all 41 PGA Sections in 2016.


For the Family

Not only does PGA Junior League Golf create a recreational, inclusive environment for the skill and character development of its players, but it also provides a welcoming atmosphere for the entire family to enjoy the game of golf. Read below for how you can get involved!

Time Commitment

The time commitment required of PGA Junior League Golf varies facility-to-facility and team-to-team. In general, over the course of a regular season (April – July) one should expect to participate in five to six games at approximately 2.5 hours a piece. Additionally, a couple hours or more of instruction are typically included.

Travel time is limited during the regular season as all teams in a local league are bound together geographically.

Financial Commitment

PGA Junior League Golf is uniquely positioned as welcoming and recreational youth sport and is typically priced accordingly. As the program is organized at the local level by individual facilities, and PGA or LPGA Professionals who serve as Captains, the registration fee varies team-to-team.

Cost variables, in addition to the registration fee, may include indivdiual lessons, practices, boot camps, additional merchandise and/or equipment that a facility may provide in conjunction with the program.

As PGA Junior League Golf is the key youth initiative of PGA REACH, the PGA of America’s charitable foundation, the program is committed to limiting cost as the barrier to entry for youth and golf. To request further information regarding scholarship availability, please contact

Spectator Expectations

PGA Junior League Golf is the perfect spectator sport for the entire family. Often matches are scheduled during nights and weekends to provide parents, grandparents and friends the opportunity to participate in the welcoming, inviting and recreational nature of PGA Junior League Golf. Spectators are not just allowed – they are encouraged! 

That being said, there are a few guidelines – like many youth sports – that must be agreed to by anyone spectating a match:

  • Spectators acknowledge that the goal of PGA Junior League Golf is for players to have fun with friends.
  • Spectators agree to refrain from participating in players’ strategic decisions.
  • Spectators agree to defer the enforcement of rules to players and team leaders.
  • Spectators agree to abstain from coaching the players.
  • Spectators agree to abstain from caddying.
  • Spectators are encouraged to cheer, have fun and be supportive of the players.
  • Spectators agree to demonstrate sportsmanship, respect and a positive attitude.


Similar to other recreational sports youth sports, PGA Junior League Golf thrives on the involvement of the community.

While PGA and LPGA Professionals exclusively serve as team Captains, parents often get involved as Assistant Coaches to handle detailed scheduling, administrative management of the team, as scorers during individual matches or to provide post-game snacks.

If you are interested in becoming an Assistant Coach, please speak with your Team’s Captain and register using the link below.

Become an Assistant Coach!

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