PGA Junior League Golf
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 from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Like many other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends.
What is PGA Jr. League?
Watch Carlos stumble into PGA Jr. League while hunting Bigfoot. He quickly learns about the format, what it takes to be a great teammate, and why PGA Jr. League is even more fun than hunting mythical creatures!
Joplin PGA Junior League Golf
The Joplin PGA Junion Golf League is made up of 4 teams in each of the 13u and 17u divisions. PGA Professionals Captain teams at Carthage Golf Course, Briarbrook Golf Course, Schifferdecker Golf Course and Twin Hills CC. Each team has several practices to begin the year and then have a 6 game season prior to the post season. It is a blast for all involved!
A Quick History of PGA Jr. League
PGA Jr. League exists to bring communities together through fun, team golf experiences… plus those experiences that transcend golf itself, like friendships that last for years to come or a newfound sense of confidence. What started as an idea penned on a napkin while watching the Little League World Series has grown to more than 60,000 boys and girls on teams spanning all 50 states in 2019.
Welcome to the Team!
NBA star Stephen Curry and U.S. Women’s Soccer star Alex Morgan are the newest PGA Jr. League Ambassadors. Watch their introduction video!
PGA Jr. League Update on COVID-19
What does PGA Jr. League stand for?
Safety, Care, and Organization guide the PGA Jr. League experience, and they’re what we call The Three Flags.
These quality standards were born out of feedback direct from PGA Jr. League families. PGA and LPGA Professional coaches commit to putting safety first, creating fun experiences that are inclusive of every child as a golfer, and structuring their programs in an organized way that fosters communication
Who can play PGA Jr. League?
PGA Jr. League is open to both boys and girls, 17 and under, of all skill levels and abilities. No prior golf experience is needed to participate on a PGA Jr. League team!
How is PGA Jr. League played?
During the course of one PGA Jr. League game, teams play four 9-hole matches in a 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.
Every PGA Jr. League player will receive a new PGA Jr. League Game Guide, which explains the format and rules and includes fun comics and games!
Click the button below for more information about the PGA Jr. League format, rules, game guide and conditions of play.
“I know that as a little girl, I always wanted to be a part of a team and feel encouraged by my teammates and my coaches. Being a part of PGA Jr. League gives girls and boys the opportunity to do what they love and be a part of a team.”
~ Alex Morgan
“There’s no better enjoyment than playing for a team and playing with a team. You have that sense of accountability, that sense of fun, you’re meeting new people from all different walks of life and going towards one common goal. That’s what you can find when it comes to PGA Jr. League!”
~ Stephen Curry
“PGA Jr. League is a natural fit for our sport that gets kids outside and engaged in a healthy lifelong activity. Plus, playing and learning in a social team environment is a great experience for kids that helps shape their skills both on and off the course.”
~ Rory McIlroy
“I love that PGA Jr. League promotes such a fun community atmosphere. It’s easy to see how this program is positively impacting the future of our sport and creating more interest in the game.”
~ Michelle Wie
“PGA Jr. League’s friendly team approach is changing the way kids and their families experience golf. The excitement and sportsmanship demonstrated by the players, all under expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professional “Captains,” is fun to watch. I’m excited that PGA Jr. League is inspiring a lifetime love of the game in these kids and their families.”
~ Rickie Fowler
“It is an honor being an Ambassador for a program like PGA Jr. League that allows PGA and LPGA Professionals to create such a fun environment for the kids. I was lucky enough to grow up playing golf surrounded by great mentors, and I love that PGA Jr. League gives future generations of golfers these same opportunities.”
~ Lexi Thompson
How does PGA Jr. League work?
At its core, PGA Jr. League is a group of local golf teams who play a series of games against each other, utilizing a nurturing and social scramble format. PGA and LPGA Professionals exclusively serve as Captains and are responsible for creating a welcoming environment for all that encourages skill and character development.
Listen to PGA Jr. League Captain Sara Stephens, PGA, of The Stephens Golf Academy, explain the PGA Jr. League format.
Youth Safety Policy
PGA Jr. League Game Guide
Every PGA Jr. League player will receive a PGA Jr. League Game Guide booklet, which is a fun and interactive guide to the ins-and-outs of the program.
What is the format?
In the format that PGA Jr. League uses, both players on a team hit drives. The best shot is selected, then each player plays from the selected spot, and this process continues until the ball is holed.
As part of the GAME, players participate in head-to-head MATCHES. A MATCH is nine holes in length and the Captain or Coach is responsible for appropriately assigning players to each MATCH.
A competition between two PGA Jr. League teams. A GAME consists of two teams, each fielding at least eight players (10 players in postseason broken into four groups of two).
Each MATCH is broken into three of these. A FLAG is three holes in a row, and each team has the opportunity to earn points at the end of each FLAG. At the end of a FLAG is also where substitutions may be made. Each GAME consists of 12 FLAGS. Each FLAG is worth 1 point, for a total of 12 possible points per GAME.
2020 Conditions of Play
PGA Jr. League is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf, the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf and the PGA Jr. League Conditions of Play.
The 2020 Conditions of Play handbook includes an overview of the PGA Jr. League format and rules of play, as well as common situations and frequently asked questions. It is important to note that the Conditions of Play are solely recommendations for the regular season, however, these policies and procedures are strictly enforced throughout the postseason.