Serving Youth Golf in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts
2014 Junior Golf Association Membership Recruitment will start
March 17 through June 1
*Please note: JGA Membership will be limited to the first 500 members*
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 2014 begins on March 17 and runs through June 1. Annual membership is $75.
ThePGA Junior Golf TOUR consists of 16 competitions, consisting of twelve (12) 9 & 18-hole Stroke Play events and four (4) 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.
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (July 15, 2014) – The Lyman Orchards Junior Open took place today at Lyman Orchards Golf Club. In the boy’s 16-18 division, Jack Kane (2016) of Berlin, Conn., and Evan Sliker (2015) of Durham, Conn., both scored an even-par, 72. Kane took honors in a playoff against Sliker. Angela Garvin (2019) of Feeding Hills, Mass., took first place in the girl’s overall division with a nine-over-par 81. In the boy’s 9-hole division, Ethan Kalk (2021) of South Glastonbury, Conn., recorded a four-over-par, 33, to claim top honors. In the girl’s 9-hole division, Sydney Hidalgo (2023) of Cheshire, Conn., earned first place by scoring a ten-over-par, 39.
Thank you to host professional, Jason Beffert, and his staff at Lyman Orchards Golf Club. A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions.
Liu and Garvin Capture 2014 Connecticut Section Junior PGA Championship
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (July 3, 2014) - Jason Liu (2017) of Windsor, Conn., and Angela Garvin (2019) of Feeding Hills, Mass., won the 2014 Connecticut Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks today, Thursday, July 3, 2014, at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass. The field consisted of 160 of the area’s most talented junior golfers, making the competition a great test.
By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Liu and Garvin qualified for the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, July 29-Aug. 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Lui posted a final-round of one-under-par, 71, for a two-day total of an impressive, five-under-par, 136. Liu won the event with a solid four-stroke victory over Nicklaus Harrington (2015) of Chaplin, Conn.
Garvin and defending champion, Marissa Grillo (2014) of Avon, Conn., tied for first place in the girls overall division with a two-day total of eight-over-par, 152. Garvin fired a three-over-par, 75, in the final round to force a sudden death playoff. The pair started off strong by birding the first hole. They stayed consistent with each other until the fifth playoff hole where Garvin captured the victory with a birdie.