Dallas, Texas (Feb. 15, 2018) – Registration for PGA Jr. League is now open at facilities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Parents can visit PGAJrLeague.com to search with their kids for a team by ZIP code or facility, and register online.
Player registration for the 2018 season of PGA Jr. League is now open. This year, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has more than 25 courses offering open enrollment (meaning that families don’t have to have an existing relationship with the golf course in order for their kids to participate). Parents can visit PGAJrLeague.com and enter their zip code to find nearby courses and register online.
The following facilities in the DFW area are now offering open enrollment. This list will continue to grow as more facilities sign up to host teams.
Brookhaven Country Club* – Dallas
Buffalo Creek Golf Club – Rockwall
Cedar Creek Country Club* – Kemp
Eldorado Country Club – McKinney
Firewheel Golf Park* – Garland
Grapevine Golf Course – Grapevine
Hurricane Creek Country Club – Anna
Lantana Golf Club – Lantana
Leonard Golf Links* – Fort Worth
Luna Vista Golf Course* – Dallas
Prestonwood CC – Plano Ridgeview Ranch* – Plano
River Creek Golf Course* – Wichita Falls
Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club* – Rockwall
Rolling Hills Country Club* – Arlington
Sherrill Park Golf Course – Richardson
Southern Oaks Golf and Tennis Club – Burleson
Squaw Valley Golf Course* – Glen Rose
Stewart Peninsula* – The Colony
Stonebridge Ranch Hills Course – McKinney
Texas Star Golf Course – Euless
The Clubs of Prestonwood – Plano
University Park Pythons* – Dallas
Van Zandt CC* – Canton
Waterchase Golf Club* – Fort Worth
Woodbridge Golf Club* – Wylie
PGA Jr. League is a fun and engaging way for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and play golf with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Some facilities offer 16 and under programs (denoted with an asterisk above). Kids play in a supportive, two-person scramble format that encourages mentorship, builds confidence and promotes sportsmanship.
PGA Jr. League is a game-changing program that brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Boys and girls of all background and skill levels learn and play together in a supportive, two-person scramble format that encourages mentorship, builds confidence, and promotes sportsmanship. PGA Jr. League is primarily for boys and girls ages 13 and under, though some facilities offer 16-and-under programs (included in the online program description).
“PGA Jr. League is a fun, welcoming and engaging way for boys and girls to learn and play golf,” said Mark Harrison, Executive Director / CEO, PGA Northern Texas Section. “The program continues to grow nationwide and here in the greater DFW area. We are delighted that PGA Professionals, as well as LPGA Professionals, are inspiring a lifetime of love of the game for the players and their families. We encourage parents to sign up their kids for the 2018 season today.”
Last year, PGA Jr. League reported record-setting numbers with 42,000 boys and girls playing on 3,400 teams nationwide— a 16-percent year-over-year increase. Of those players, 80 percent were beginner or recreational golfers, demonstrating the developmental nature of the program and its inclusivity to youth of all skill levels.
Because of this growth, the PGA of America launched an extensive promotional strategy around PGA Jr. League, to help create awareness and drive registration for the program. This includes national digital and broadcast promotions from partners including Golf Channel, DICK’S Sporting Goods and more—as well as localized promotions in 11 markets that have a high concentration of PGA Jr. League programs, including Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville, New York City, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Last year, these localized promotional efforts were successfully piloted throughout greater Boston and New England, which experienced 31 percent growth in player registrations and 40 percent growth in the number of teams.
Some of the PGA Jr. League key highlights for 2018:
- National Car Rental Support
National Car Rental has been an Official Partner of the PGA of America since 2012. Starting in 2018, National Car Rental is excited to expand its support of PGA Jr. League. In addition to serving as the Presenting Partner of the PGA Jr. League Post-Season and Championship, National will be recognized as the Official Partner of PGA Jr. League all season. National’s enhanced role helps provide multiple benefits, including new home and away jerseys, an improved post-season experience, and the launch of the Emerald Club All-Star program celebrating the support and success of the players, families, and Captains on and off the course
- New Team Gear
National Car Rental’s support of PGA Jr. League has helped provide each player with two high-quality Garb jerseys to represent home and away games (one orange and one blue), available in boys and girls sizing. Players will also receive a performance t-shirt, bag tag, stickers, hat and drawstring bag.
- New PGA Jr. League Online Store
Those who register for PGA Jr. League will have access to an online merchandise store, allowing family and friends to order additional team gear.
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- Scholarship Program
Through PGA REACH’s partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter grant, scholarships are available to players who meet financial need requirements and apply for assistance. The scholarship program launched in 2017, and nearly 400 under-resourced youth were able to participate because of it.
PGA Jr. League also has the support of some of the biggest names in golf—including Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson—who serve as Ambassadors for PGA Jr. League.
PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH, with the goal of making the program accessible to all interested kids in the United States and around the world.
About PGA REACH:
PGA REACH is the 501 (c)(3) foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information on PGA REACH, visit PGAREACH.org, follow @PGAREACH on Twitter and find us on Facebook.
About the PGA of America:
Molly Rawlins, Director of Communications, Northern Texas PGA Section, firstname.lastname@example.org, (214) 420-7421
Michael Abramowitz, PGA of America, email@example.com, 561-624-8458
Tony Williams, Alday Communications, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-791-1535