These programs support junior golfers at every level. Some are designed to introduce non-golfing juniors to the game. Some give the juniors a competitive opportunity, which may lead to national competition and college scholarships. Some programs provide beginning and intermediate golf instruction during the school year. In all of the programs, the juniors establish friendships with other golfers, gain an understanding of the Rules of Golf, and develop skills to prepare them for on-course play and tournament competition.
The AWGA plays a vital role on the Girls Development Committee for the Junior Girls Programs, and provides funding for a number of junior programs in our state, including:
Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA)
JGAA is dedicated to support Junior Golf programs throughout the state. The JGAA is a 501c(3) corporation, a charity, and relies on fund-raising activities and donations received from clubs, corporations, and individuals. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The JGAA governs and promotes junior golf in the state of Arizona. It introduces non-golfing juniors to the game, establishes golf programs at schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, conducts major junior golf tournaments in the state and administers the Tres Arnold Scholarship Fund.
LPGA/USGA Girls Golf of Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott
The LPGA/USGA Girls golf is a developmental junior golf program designed for girls ages 3-18 specifically to create a network for girls to learn to play golf in a non-threatening environment. Girls build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment with the game. They also learn values inherent to golf, such as practice, respect, perseverance, etiquette, and honesty, preparing them to meet challenges of today's world with confidence.
Girls Golf provides a solid foundation for girls who want to play for fun with friends and family, to compete at the high school, college, and/or local, state, and national levels or to learn for future career purposes, both inside and outside the golf industry.
The program offers a five-level progressive learning system on the course, starting from the green and moving back to the tee. Participants are divided into five levels. All levels include golf instruction and rules geared to the girls' skill level. Many Girls Golf programs have year-round activities, meeting monthly during the school year and weekly during the summer months, providing the consistency necessary for a successful learning experience.
The First Tee of Arizona
The First Tee is a national program, implemented at the local level that provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance and judgment through golf and character education. Arizona has two First Tee organizations, one in Phoenix and one in Tucson.
Junior Educational Programs
The AWGA provides staff and volunteers to help run rules of golf the clinics, required for participation in JGAA tournaments. Materials such as Rules books are provided to the juniors free of charge. In addition, the AWGA educates the juniors on the USGA Handicap system, helping them to understand and appreciate the necessity to post scores at the AWGA provided computers through out the state.
Junior Teams and Championships
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