PGA Junior League Golf’s first year a success

PGA Junior League Golf has teed off in Myrtle Beach and has landed in the fairway! The Myrtle Beach junior golf league started on May 5th at Blackmoor Golf Club and will play five additional National Golf Management courses including: Tradition Club, Litchfield CC, Willbrook, Pawleys Plantation and Myrtle Beach National.

The outpouring of positive feedback from parents about the benefits of this newly formatted junior golf program has been astounding. This is no rainy day for junior golfers! The sun is shining bright on these kids, who are thrilled with the unique 2 vs. 2 scramble format, and the ability to socialize with each other during play. Many of these junior golfers are some of the Grand Strand’s finest players who are looking at this program as a means to prepare for a future career in golf. But you don’t have to be a country club prodigy or the next Tiger Woods to play in this league. Fifteen junior golfers who are brand-new to the game have also joined this program.

Ten-year-old Katherine Momeneo was a newbie to the game of golf when she joined the league. She was very hesitant to tee off at the first match at Blackmoor, but two holes later she ended up making a huge putt for eagle and felt elated as she contributed her new putting skills to her team. Katherine’s putt is an example of the beauty of this program, because it provides all levels of players an opportunity to score. If a junior golfer can drive, chip OR putt, they have a position to play in PGA Junior League Golf.

As the Myrtle Beach coordinator, I have been thrilled to see these junior golfers unite in their pursuit of team victory. Normally, they are competing against each other and are more withdrawn from socializing due to the competitiveness of individual championship golf. With PGA Junior League Golf, you can see the individual personalities of these juniors on the course. They are able to talk, laugh, joke, and encourage their teammates to make great shots, and that is the main component of this junior golf program.

Jay Cole, team captain for the Tradition Club-based team, also sees the positive aspects of this program. “The kids are having a great time,” says Cole. “I think they are bonding and helping each other because of the format.”

A finale match will be held on June 9th at Tradition Club with a party to celebrate the unity that the game of golf has brought these youngsters.

For more information on this exciting new program, feel free to contact me at 843-602-4701 or email at meredithkirkgolf@gmail.com.

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