As a means of assisting aspiring young golfers in their pursuit of championship-caliber play, the MGA annually posts a junior tournament schedule, which includes events sponsored throughout the season by a host of local, regional and national organizations.
All dates and criteria are subject to change at the discretion of the sponsoring organization. Please contact representatives for the most updated information. In addition, here is a brief overview of the major organizations that host junior events.
United States Golf Association (USGA)
P.O. Box 708
Far Hills, NJ 07931-0708
As part of its Championship schedule, the United States Golf Association conducts an annual U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, which is open to male amateur competitors age 17 and under who have a Handicap Index of 6.4 or below. The U.S. Girls' Junior Championship is open to amateur female competitors age 17 and under who have a handicap index of 18.4 or below. Local qualifying is conducted under the direction of the local golf associations. All entries must be submitted with and are processed by the USGA.
Massachusetts Golf Association (MGA)
300 Arnold Palmer Boulevard
Norton, MA 02766
The Massachusetts Golf Association annually conducts the Massachusetts Junior Championship, which is open to amateur golfers who play at an MGA member club who are under the age of 18. The Massachusetts Junior Championship began in 1914 but was expanded in 1961 to recognize and include three age groups: Junior, Pre-Junior, Boys divisions. Qualifying is held at a variety of sites across the state. The Championship field is limited to 120 players (60 players in the Junior Division, 40 players in the Pre-Junior Division and 20 players in the Boys Division). All entries must be submitted with and are processed by the MGA.
Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts (WGAM)
300 Arnold Palmer Boulevard
Norton, MA 02766
Founded in 1900, the Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts serves over 2,000 individual members who belong to more than 180 member clubs. Each year the WGAM sponsors 24 amateur tournaments in addition to an active junior golf program open to any girl residing in Massachusetts. All WGAM junior events are open to any Massachusetts junior girl regardless of golfing ability or experience and include the following groups: Junior Class (ages 14-18), Junior-Junior Class (ages 11-13), Mite Class (age 10 or younger) and Team Matches.
U.S. Challenge Cup
21 Agnes St. E. Providence, RI
02914 P: 401-438-4653
The U.S. Challenge Cup provides junior golfers ages 8-19 the opportunity to develop their skills through a competitive tournament schedule. In terms of competitive play, the U.S. Challenge Cup offers a junior mini-tour for novice to intermediate players, 28 major competitions, opportunities to qualify for 6 of the world's top junior events (the Scott Robertson, the Junior World, the Monterey Junior Open, the Optimist, the Doral Publix Junior and the Orange Bowl) and 2 of New England's premiere amateur tournaments (the Hornblower and the Francis Ouimet Memorial) and a "Shootout Series" in an effort to provide juniors with opportunities to continue their development.
NEPGA Tournament Players Tour (TPT)
284 E. Temple St.
P.O. Box 743
Boylston, MA 01505
The 2007 New England PGA Tournament Players Tour (TPT) is a tournament series for advanced juniors who wish to compete against aspiring collegiate players. All 2007 TPT events will be 36 hole stroke play events over a period of two consecutive days, often at multiple venues-at some of the best courses in New England. The average event will have a first day field of 52 players. The second round field will be cut to 32 players. The TPT is open to boys and girls 18 years old or younger as of September 1, 2007. Players may not be currently enrolled in a college or university. The age divisions are: Boys 15-18; Boys 14 & under; Girls 15-18; and Girls 14 & under. All participants must have a USGA handicap index of 15.0 or lower.
NEPGA Junior Tour
284 E. Temple St. P.O. Box 743
Boylston, MA 01505
The 2007 New England PGA Junior Tour is entering its ninth season. The mission of the NEPGA Junior Tour is to provide juniors with the opportunity to play in professionally run golf tournaments in a fun environment throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The NEPGA Junio Tour consists of 50+ events. Participants must 18 or younger as of September 2007. Age divisions are as follows: Boys 16-17; Boys 14-15; Boys 12-13; Boys 11 & under (9 holes); Girls 14-17; and Girls 13 & under (9 holes).
U.S. Kids Golf Boston Local Tour
84 Orchard Street
Millis, MA 02054
Andrew Ingham, head professional at The Glen in Millis, MA will serve as the USKG local tour director for Boston for 2011. Andrew became the tour director in 2010, responsible for running the summer tour along with the fall tour. The tour is open to boys and girls between the ages of 5- 14. Age brackets compete within themselves and the golf course is set up from shorter distances that allow players to succeed while learning the necessary skills needed to improve. USKG allows parents to serve as caddies and encourages family members to come out and be a spectator during events. The winner of each age bracket will earn an invitation to play in the World Championships which is held in Pinehurst, North Carolina in August of each year. The event in Pinehurst brings together over 1200 kids from 30 countries. U.S. Kids golf also runs a number of regional and international championships throughout the year.
American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)
1980 Sports Club Drive
Braselton, GA 30517
P: 1-877-373-2542; 770-868-4200
The mission of the American Junior Golf Association revolves around the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. Competitors are invited to compete in AJGA events based on a Performance Based Entry process. This process enables 12-18-year-old members to earn their way into AJGA Open tournaments based on performances at the national, regional and state levels. Independent Insurance Agency Junior Classic (IIAJC): 137 Pennsylvania Avenue Framingham, MA 01701 P: 800-972-9312 F: 508-628-5444 www.massagent.com All Independent Insurance Agency Junior Classic events are open to any youth whose 19th birthday does not occur prior to the end of the National IIAJC tournament and who has not started college. Entry forms can be obtained by contacting the local IIAJC office.