PGA Jr. League Guidelines for a Healthy Season
Teamwork and togetherness are at the heart of the PGA Jr. League experience, and while things look differently these days, PGA Jr. League and Finkbine Golf Course are commited to the health and safety of all those involved so we can stay commited to those values. Click here to see PGA Jr. Leagues safety updates and guidelines.
What is it?
PGA Jr. League is a game-changing opportunity for boys and girls to learn and play golf. The program brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences and focuses on fun, recreation, good health and sportsmanship.
PGA Jr. League is recreational and developmental in nature and works with PGA Sections and local youth organizations across the country to offer an alternative, social golf format. This unique approach highlights team play versus individual competition and serves as a feeder system to transition youth golfers to existing junior golf programs.
Boys and girls of all backgrounds and skill levels learn, practice and play together in a supportive, two-person scramble formatted game that encourages mentorship, builds confidence and promotes sportsmanship and teamwork.
Who runs it?
Dain Coppock, Head Golf Professional, will Captain the Finkbine Team for his 5th season entering 2021.
JD Goodfellow, former Collegiate Golfer and Finkbine Assistant Golf Professional, will assist in coaching the Finkbine Team for his 2nd season entering 2021.
*Jeff Moore, Director of Golf, is the PGA Ambassador for the Finkbine Team*
Who can join?
PGA Jr. League is open to any child 13 years of age and under as of July 31. The recommended minimum age is 9, however many Captains permit younger players to participate.
PGA Jr. League is open to both boys and girls! Due to the program's nurturing scramble format, all teammates can work together and contribute to winning their game, regardless of gender. Boys and girls of similar ability play and compete together in any match pairing (boy-and-girl, girl-and-girl, boy-and-boy). There are no separate divisions or tee boxes and yardages to play from.
Golf is a game for all. The PGA of America and PGA Professionals are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all individuals who are interested in playing the game of golf. Players of all abilities are welcome, especially beginners, as well as youth with disabilities.
Season: Sunday, May 23 through Sunday, August 8
Schedule of Practices & Competitions?
The Finkbine Team will practice at Finkbine Golf Course and compete against other local PGA Jr League teams from IC/Coralville/Cedar Rapids area.
- Prior to Thursday, June 17 - Sunday's from 4:00 to 6:15 PM with 1-hour on the Range/Putting Green and rest on the course
- Starting Thursday, June 17 - "Range & Short game" practices on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:30p
- Sunday, June 20 at 5 PM
- Sunday, June 27 at 5 PM
- Sunday, July 18 at 5 PM
- Sunday, July 25 at 5 PM
- Saturday, July 31 at TBD
What does it cost?
The registration fee per golfer in 2021 for Finkbine Golf Course was $325. Included with the registration fee is:
- Two (2) team jerseys (one orange & one blue - for home & away matches)
- PGA Junior League Hat
- PGA Junior League Drawstring bag
- PGA Junior League Participant "Bag Tag"
- Finkbine Gift (Ball Mark Poker Chip)
- Green fees for each competition (home and away)
- Use of Driving Range & Golf Course at each practice
- Golf lessons/instructions at each practice
- Discounted golf fees & daily range balls at Finkbine Golf Course during season
- $30 (includes cart) after 2pm for Junior League Player & Family (everyday)
- Junior League Player plays for FREE after 5pm (everyday)
- Free small basket of range balls for Junior League Player (limit 1 per day)
- END OF YEAR GOLF & PIZZA PARTY!
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FORMAT OF COMPETITION
The following information gives more details about how competitions work. During the course of one game, teams play four 9-hole matches in a popular two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and creating a nurturing environment for learning the game. Coaches can also substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate.
A game is played between two teams. Depending on who the home team is, in addition to course scheduling and availability, will determine where the game is played. During the course of a game, four matches are played by at least two players from each team against each other. The winner of the game is determined by the total number of points won within all matches.
A match consists of two teammates (or three, with a substitute) competing against a similar grouping from the opposing team in a fun, nurturing scramble format. The match lasts for nine holes and is broken up into three 3-hole segments called "flags".
Flags are 3-hole segments of each match. Since each match is played over the course of 9 holes, there are three flags per match. Whichever team wins the most holes within each flag (i.e. 3 holes-to-0 or 2 holes-to-1 hole), wins the corresponding flag.
Each flag won by the team is worth one point. Each tied flag won by the team is worth a half point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Since there are four matches in each game, and each match is played for a maximum of three points, there are a maximum of 12 points total in each game.
A scramble is a popular format that encourages teamwork and problem solving. Its nurturing nature creates a fun environment where the negative effect of performance errors is minimized. Each player will tee off at the beginning of each hole. The team then selects their best shot of the two and then each player plays again from the spot of the selected shot. Repeat this process until the ball is in the hole. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.
Friends, family and spectators are encouraged to attend and watch - but not participate or aide - each game!