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 doesn’t 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.
It is with utmost excitement that we announce the Colorado PGA and the Colorado Golf Association are teaming up for an epic junior golf program coming in 2016! Following a year of in-depth discussions on the future of junior golf in Colorado, the Colorado PGA and Colorado Golf Association agreed the collaboration was in the best interest of the golf industry in Colorado and more importantly junior golfers and parents.
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools program
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program is an introductory program at absolutely no cost to the students and no cost to the schools. The program, in partnership with the Colorado Open Golf Foundation, has been bringing golf to schools for the past four years where over 50,000 kids have been introduced to the game in over 160 schools.
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.
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 is pleased to partner with PGA Junior League Golf to continue the tradition of a team-focused opportunity for young players to enter the game.
PGA Junior League Golf (PGA JLG) is designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 13 and under. PGA JLG features team vs. team competitions in structured leagues that provide a popular, less stressful scramble format as opposed to stroke-play competition.
Golf’s version of Little League baseball has seen significant growth since its inception as a pilot program in 2012. PGA Junior 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.
Local Leagues consist of a minimum of four teams. At the conclusion of the regular season, an All Star team for the league is chosen. Those All Star teams compete for the Regional Championship with the Regional winners moving on to compete for the National Championship.
Multiple major champion Rory McIlroy has recently signed onto to become an ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf.
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 will conclude at Augusta National Golf Club in 2016.
The Colorado PGA will run six (6) local qualifiers for Drive, Chip & Putt for 2016, as well as a sub-regional qualifier. The schedule for 2016 is as follows:
June 5, 2017
The Ridge at Castle Pines North | Castle Pines, CO
June 19, 2017
Fort Collins Country Club | Fort Collins, CO
June 27, 2017
Murphy Creek Golf Club | Aurora, CO
July 10, 2017
Park Hill Golf Club | Denver, CO
July 20, 2017
Eagle Ranch Golf Club | Eagle, CO
July 31, 2017
Colorado National Golf Club | Erie, CO
August 2, 2017
The Club at Flying Horse | Colorado Springs, CO
August 12, 2017
CommonGround Golf Course | Aurora, CO
August 19, 2017
Walnut Creek Golf Preserve (formerly The Heritage at Westmoor) | Westminster, CO
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