Recent Iowa PGA News
Congratulations to Team Iowa and good luck at the PGA Junior Golf League Championship being held October 23-26 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. Eight regional team champions from across the nation will compete for the title. Team Iowa includes junior golfers from Brooks GC, Emerald Hills GC, Spencer G & CC and The Ridge GC.
The PGA of America and League Golf of Norcross, Ga., partnered to create PGA Junior League Golf in 2012. One of the most innovative programs introduced by a major sport, PGA Junior League Golf gives boys and girls 13 and under the opportunity to learn and play golf in a fun, social and team environment.
The program has skyrocketed in popularity, growing from nearly 9,000 participants representing 740 teams in 2013, to 18,800 participants and nearly 1,500 teams in 2014. Due to this growth, two Regionals were added in 2014, increasing from six to eight held across the country.
Much like other recreational league sports, participants play in team uniforms with jersey numbers. Young golfers learn the game and play under the direction of PGA/LPGA Professionals who serve as team captains, with parents playing an active role as well. Teams play four 9-hole matches in a two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and limiting the pressure on any one player; coaches can substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate.
At the 96th PGA Championship, the PGA of America named Rory McIlroy as an Official Ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf. 2012 United States Ryder Cup Team Captain Davis Love III is also a huge supporter, serving as the Honorary National Captain for PGA Junior League Golf.
For more information about PGA Junior League Golf, visit PGAJrLeagueGolf.com.