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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 can join?
PGA Jr. League is open to any child 13 years of age and under. Please note a child cannot be 14 years of age PRIOR TO 8/1/18, which coincides with the end of the regular season. 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.
Schedule of Practices & Competitions?
Each weekend (beginning Sunday, May 27 and ending Sunday, July 29) the Finkbine Team will either practice at Finkbine Golf Course, or compete against another local team in a scheduled competition.
Competition schedules are currently being worked out between our leagues Team Captains. All competitions will be scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday, and generally take place in the mid- to late-afternoons. All competitions are 9-holes and generally take about 2.5 hours to play (with an additional half hour of warm-up before play starts), so please plan on competitions lasting about 3 hours (plus travel time). Please note that our league consists of teams from Iowa City/Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo/Cedar Falls and the farthest the Finkbine Team would travel for a competition would be to Cedar Rapids.
Practices will on Sundays of a non-competition weekend. Practice times will be from 4:00 – 6:15 PM at Finkbine Golf Course and will include an hour of development, followed by an hour of play out on the golf course.
What does it cost?
The cost per golfer for the 2018 Finkbine Team registration is $215. Included with the registration fee is:
- Two (2) jerseys
- Bag Tag
- Drawstring bag
- Custom PGA Jr. League Titleist Velocity Golf Balls (Half Dozen)
- Green fees are covered for each competition (home or away)
- Use of driving range at each practice
- Golf lesson/instructions at each practice
- Use of Finkbine Golf Course at each practice
- Supplies, team shirts, supplies and use of the golf course and range
- Discounts on golf & range balls at Finkbine Golf Course during season
- For Junior League member and family
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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!