Serving Youth Golf in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts
An important mission of the Connecticut Section PGA is player development, and particularly youth golf. The Connecticut Secton has a number of programs designed to develop young golfers who either are interested in beginning the game or further enhancing their golfing experiences (see below).
Established in 1998, the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association (JGA) is open to membership for juniors between the ages of 10-18 who reside within the section boundaries (includes Western Massachusetts, excludes lower Fairfield County). One main focus is increasing the playing opportunities for junior golfers. The membership recruiting period for 2013 begins on April 1 and runs through June 1. Annual membership is $75.
ThePGA Junior Golf TOUR consists of 15 competitions, consisting of twelve (12) 9 & 18-hole Stroke Play events and three (3) 36–hole Stroke Play competitions. Tournaments will have standardized entry fee of $65 for the 13-18 age group players who play 18 holes; and $45 for 10-12 age group players who play 9 holes.
There are three (3) Little Linksters that are 9-Hole competitions open to 12 & under juniors with entries fees of $45.
ROCKY HILL, CONN. (October 17, 2013) Kyle Bilodeau of West Hartford, Conn. has earned the 2013 Player of the Year honors. Bilodeau won the Connecticut Section Spring Stroke Play Championship, which earned him a spot in the Travelers Championship. He also won the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament and claimed his first Connecticut PGA Championship this year. Tony Kelley, head golf professional at Wyckoff Country Club is the 2013 Senior Player of the year. This is the second time Kelley has held the honor.
Registration for the 2013 Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association (JGA) officially opened for membership on Monday. Operations Director, Sally Sohn, is egger about the season beginning. “I’m excited to have both returning members and new ones playing together and learning from each other,” says Sohn. “Its amazing to see how kids grow within the JGA from year to year… This is my fifth season with the Connecticut Section, so its rewarding to see JGA members start in elementary school and progress to making their high school golf teams.”
2013 promises to be the best year yet for the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association and Junior Golf TOUR. If you have any questions or to join the Junior Golf Association or TOUR, please contact Sally Sohn at SSohn@pgahq.com.