PGA Junior League Golf arrives on the Grand Strand

It’s official, PGA Junior League Golf has arrived to the golf capital of the world, Myrtle Beach.  This unique junior program takes the little league approach towards golf to foster team spirit and socialization within the game.

Junior League Golf (JLG) is currently at the grassroots level with over 16 leagues nationwide. Last year the PGA picked up the program after a successful inaugural year. It’s a new and fresh format for team competition. The relaxed two player scramble format means less pressure for junior golfers. Teammates can draw upon each other’s strengths and the winning match is not contingent upon one player.  The format is becoming the preference of choice among upcoming junior golfers.

Through the sponsorship of the Myrtle Beach National Company, six of their finest courses will be hosting teams around the area that include: Myrtle Beach National, Tradition Club, Willbrook, Blackmoor, Litchfield Country Club, and Pawley’s Plantation. Boys and girls ages 9-13 are placed on these selected teams.  Players will receive a team uniform to represent their host course.  This is a family affair, so parents are encouraged to help coach the teams along with the help of on-site PGA Professionals.

No qualifications are needed for juniors to register. The JLG series begins May 5thand continues through June 9th. Every Saturday, for six consecutive weeks, teams will compete with a (2 vs. 2) scramble format. Coaches will determine a line-up prior to play.  The nine holes are broken down into 3 segments called flags.  Teams earn a flag if they win 3 holes. After a flag is won, coaches can begin to substitute players.

After the league matches conclude on June 9th, an All-Star Team will be selected from each city. This team will advance to the Regional Championships and ultimately the JLG World Series. Perhaps a Myrtle Beach junior golfer will be the next Champion at the 2012 PGA Junior World Golf Series Championship!

Junior League Golf is a great grassroots initiative for growing the game of golf. Juniors are offered the opportunity to learn and grow their golf game with their friends, and compete in matches that promote positive social sport experiences with everyone playing a key role on the team!

For more information on this program, contact JLG Myrtle Beach Coordinator, Meredith Kirk via email at meredithkirkgolf@gmail.com.

Meredith Kirk is a USGTF level 3 certified Myrtle Beach golf instructor and is passionate about teaching golf to all levels of players. Her teaching methods combine golf mechanics with mind-body-spirit connection. She holds a BA from Coastal Carolina University in Public Relations in the Church and is a graduate of Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary with a degree in Bible Counseling. She is also the author of  the book, “Thy Club and Thy Staff“. A brand new release that tees up 21 devotions bringing together the basics of good golf and the fundamentals of strong faith.

Visit her online site at http://www.meredithkirkgolf.com/

 

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