The Gateway PGA Junior Development team has spent the offseason working hard to find new ways to WELCOME ALL interested juniors into the game of golf. If your junior is still new to the game & you as a parent struggle to find junior programs that fit your child’s level of development; please take a look at the Gateway PGA’s Skill Placement Chart & the (3) entry level golf programs listed & described below. Each of these progra ms focuses more on having fun & skill improvement than actual competition.
Drive, Chip & Putt:
The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship aims to help younger generations begin their lifelong connection with golf by providing a fun, interactive platform for participants of all skill levels. This free youth golf development initiative welcomes boys and girls ages 7-15 to participate in separate divisions in four age categories. Local qualifying will take place throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers at some of the country’s best championship venues in July/August and September/October, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 1, the eve of the 2018 Masters.
Junior Registration Available: January 25th
Junior League Golf:
PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends. Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course. With more than 2,900 teams and 36,000 participants in 2016 – and Ambassadors like Rory McIlroy and Michelle Wie – PGA Junior League Golf has wide-ranging appeal for both youth and their parents.
Junior Registration Available: February 1st
Junior Development Tour (JDT):
The Gateway PGA Section’s Junior Development Tour strives to introduce young people to the game of golf, in a safe and fun environment, through learning/skill development, course play, and individual discovery. Throughout the year, we offer juniors the opportunity to learn from PGA Golf Professionals and play golf at the area’s best venues for beginner junior golfers. For 2017, the Junior Development Tour will be divided into three levels of player progress: Fairway Finders (Level 1), Birdie Ballers (Level 2) & the Links Legends (Level 3). These levels cater to the young beginner golfer and provide an environment for development and growth. Eventually, these JDT juniors will progress & be welcomed into the Gateway PGA’s competitive 9, 18 hole, and Tour divisions.
Click Here for the Junior Development Tour’s Spring & Summer Schedules