The Youth Pillar of COLORADO PGA REACH seeks to improve and advance opportunities for youth.
Introduction to the sport at an early age has proven to provide great opportunities in the area of education, health and wellness, and character building.
COLORADO PGA REACH programming will ensure that cost does not prohibit youth from entering the sport and will serve as a central role in the golf industry’s effort to introduce the sport to youth of all ages and backgrounds in a safe, fun environment.
Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado
The Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado (JGAC) was established in 2016 by the Colorado Section of the PGA and the Colorado Golf Association. The JGAC serves as a vehicle for collaboration in the arena of junior golf in the state of Colorado for parents, kids, coaches and PGA Professionals by streamlining the junior golf process, filling in the voids, further building the junior golf ranks, and creating new excitement with the four Major Championships.
Golf in Schools
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program is an introductory program at absolutely no cost to the students and no cost to the schools. 2018 will be the tenth year of the program, which has been a successful partnership with the Colorado Open Golf Foundation. Since its inception, more than 100 schools have been using the program to introduce the game of golf to nearly 100,000 students.
The program is built on the synergy created between the participating school, the PGA Golf Professional, and the host Golf Facility. The program offers:
• 3 days of high quality instruction by PGA Professionals where the children are – at school using golf and near golf equipment.
• Transition for the children from the school to the golf facility on a field trip to experience the game in its intended setting.
• Opportunities for continued engagement in the host facility’s youth golf programs
• A setting to incorporate STEM education through a partnership with the Golf Course Superintendent.
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools is supported by the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness, and the curriculum has been developed, in part, by our partnership with youth development and education experts with Aurora Public Schools.
PGA Junior League
Golf’s version of Little League baseball has seen significant growth since its inception as a pilot program in 2012. PGA Jr. League teams consist of at least 10 players, managed by a PGA Professional, with each player receiving a uniform and PGA instruction. The format is focused on fun and recreation, and is a great way to begin in the sport.
In 2014, the Colorado PGA introduced a team-format youth golf program with outstanding participation results. More than 350 junior golfers across the Front Range experienced golf in an innovative team format. With ambitions of expanding the program exponentially over the next few years, the Colorado PGA was pleased to partner with PGA Jr. League to continue the tradition of a team-focused opportunity for young players to enter the game.
PGA Jr. League is designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 13 and under. It features team vs. team competitions in structured leagues that provide a popular, less stressful scramble format as opposed to stroke-play competition.
Ambassadors for the PGA Jr. League include legions like Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson.
In an effort to promote interest and participation in the game of golf, the Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America announced the creation of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, a free, nationwide junior skills competition that concludes at Augusta National Golf Club.
The Colorado PGA will run eight (8) local qualifiers for Drive, Chip & Putt for 2018, as well as two (2) sub-regional qualifiers. The schedule for 2018 is as follows:
June 4, 2018
Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club | Spearfish, SD
June 18, 2018
Fort Collins Country Club | Fort Collins, CO
June 20, 2018
Walnut Creek Golf Preserve | Westminster, CO
June 26, 2018
The Broadmoor | Colorado Springs, CO
July 2, 2018
CommonGround Golf Course | Aurora, CO
July 9, 2018
Cherry Creek Country Club | Denver, CO
July 16, 2018
Colorado National Golf Club | Erie, CO
July 30, 2018
Eagle Ranch Golf Club | Eagle, CO
Sub-Regional Qualifiers - By Invitation Only
August 18, 2018
Thorncreek Golf Course | Thornton, CO
August 25, 2018
Murphy Creek Golf Course | Aurora, CO
Regional Qualifier - By Invitation Only
Old Warson Country Club | St. Louis, MO
National Championship - By Invitation Only
Augusta National Golf Club | Augusta, GA
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