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Junior Golf Association Membership

Membership Registration Open April 3 through June 1 for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Boys and Girls between the ages of 10 and 18 - $75 Annual Fee

The PGA Junior Golf Association (JGA) was established in 1998. JGA Membership is open to boys and girls between the ages of 10-18 who reside or go to school within the section boundaries (includes Western Massachusetts, excludes lower Fairfield County). There are no handicap requirements to join.The annual membership fee is $75.
The Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Committee governs and oversees the Junior Golf Association. The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation financially underwrites both the Junior Golf Association and the PGA Junior Golf TOUR. JGA Members are bound by Rules & Regulations pertaining to their participation.
Upon registration, each JGA Member will receive an email informing them of his/her membership acceptance, as well as instructions on how to ACTIVATE their membership. In 2015, there are four (4) requirements that need to be completed before a Junior Golf Association membership is considered ACTIVE. ACTIVE members earn will be eligible for player of the year points, and be permitted to register on time for the 9 and 18-hole PGA Junior Golf TOUR tournaments.
  1. Rules Test: JGA members are required to take, complete, and pass an online Rules Test. 
  2. Membership PGA Certification:  A JGA Member must be Certified by a PGA Professional and return the Membership Certification Form to the Connecticut Section PGA Office.
  3. Obtain USGA/GHIN member number:JGA Member must obtain a USGA/GHIN member number.
  4. JGA Season Kick-off Meeting: The Junior Golf Association Season Kick-off Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury. A new JGA Member, parent/guardian, or representative must attend. A returning JGA Member may satisfy this requirement by attending any of the two Rules of Golf Workshops (Sat. April 11 or Sat. May 16) or the Season Kick-off meeting.
Junior Golf Association members will receive the following:
  1. JGA Members' Handbook that includes a comprehensive schedule of junior golf activities, PGA Junior Golf TOUR Regulations, and valuable information;
  2. Player Profile on Connecticut Section PGA website;
  3. JGA Membership ID card and tee gifts;
  4. JGA Members who have ACTIVATED their membership will be eligible to earn points for Junior PGA Player of the Year competitions for boys and girls, age 13-18 & age 10-12 Division, in the 12 PGA Junior Golf TOUR tournaments, 4 Ranked-open 36-Hole tournaments, the PGA Pro-Junior Invitational at Great Neck Golf Club, and others designated;
  5. JGA Members will have a discounted entry fee into the Ranked-open 36-hole tournaments ($125 versus $240 per event) and the Jack Kelley PGA Junior Tournament of Champions ($30 savings - if they have earned eligibility);
  6. Complimentary entrance into the Travelers Championship on June 22 - June 28, 2015, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.;
  7. Opportunity to participate in the PGA TOUR Pro-Junior Experience at TPC River Highlands with PGA TOUR professionals during the Travelers Championship if they have have participated in the Birdies for Charity fund raising program, and;
  8. Complimentary membership to the CT Golf Clubs for Schools for free USGA/GHIN member number for USGA Handicap services.

Elite Connecticut Section Junior Golfers Descend on Shennecossett for the Jack Kelly PGA Junior Tournament of Champions

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (September 2, 2015) – For fifth consecutive year, the historic Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, Conn., will host the Jack Kelly PGA Junior Tournament of Champions on Sunday, September 6, closing out the 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR season.


The championship field of 78, including 53 boys and 25 girls, features prominent PGA Junior Golf TOUR players and Junior Club Champions from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Overall, 14 of the top 20 boys and 15 of the top 20 girls on the PGA Junior Golf Association (JGA) Player of the Year point list are entered in this invitational event.


Among those are the 2014 and 2015 JGA Girls Player of the Year Angela Garvin (2019 – Feeding Hills, Mass.), who is looking to capture her second Jack Kelly PGA Junior Tournament of Champions title (the previous coming in 2013), and Noah Peterson (2017 – East Longmeadow, Mass.), who has already clinched the JGA Boys Player of the Year title for 2015. Also competing are the top three points leaders in both Boys’ and Girls’ 9-hole division Player of the Year standings.


The tournament history itself lists a who’s who of Connecticut Section PGA junior golfers. Former winners include amateur golf titleholders Nicole Faniola, Juli Wightman, Andy Mai, Kelly Whaley and Cody Paladino.


Last year at Shennecossett, Nathaniel Dong (2016—Glastonbury, Conn.) fired a two-under par 69 to win his first Jack Kelly title. In the Girls’ Division, Julia Kemmling (2015—Berlin, Conn.) shot a four-over par, 75, to claim her second Jack Kelly title by three-strokes over defending champion Angela Garvin (2019— Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Maisie Filler (2019—Bloomfield, Conn.).


Starting times for the tournament will begin on Sunday at 10:35 AM, and run through 2:11 PM off the first tee. Spectators are welcome to attend, and admission is free of charge. The Championship will play at par 71, for both boys and girls, with the boys playing from 6,575 yards and the girls from a 5,543 yard layout. An awards ceremony will follow where the Jack Kelly Junior PGA Champions will be crowned, along with the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association Players of the Year. The winners of the 2015 Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Awards will also be announced at this ceremony. Special Guest Speaker Adam Rainaud, PGA Professional at the Black Hall Club and 2014 Connecticut Section PGA Player of the Year, will host a Q&A session and discuss his experience as a junior golfer competing on the CT PGA Junior TOUR, as well as his playing in the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.


Please visit the Tournament Page for more information on the 2015 Jack Kelly PGA Junior Tournament of Champions.


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