If you are interested in getting your daughter(s) involved in playing more golf and/or local tournaments, we have listed a brief description with a contact to help you navigate the junior golf world:
www.drivechipandputt.com Phoebe Cipa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ages 7-15. Boys and Girls participate in separate divisions in four age categories. Local qualifying takes place in all 50 states. Tucson Country Club will host the local competition on Saturday, May 13. Top performers will advance through subregional (Scottsdale) and regional (Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA). The top 40 boys and top 40 girls will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta on Sunday, April 1, 2018--the eve of The Masters. You can read more about the event and register before Monday, May 8, 2017, on their website.
www.thefirstteeoftucson.org Landyn Lewis, Program and Life Skills Director
Ages 5+. Golf programs set up based on skill level--3-hole, 6-hole and 9-hole programs. After one 3-hole session, golfer receives "tee" card good at other First Tee locations and all city courses. Tucson First Tee locations include Country Club of Green Valley, El Rio, Randolph, and Rolling Hills Golf Courses ($1 to play). City courses are free with the membership card and include Fred Enke, Silverbell, El Rio, Randolph and Dell Urich.
www.SAJGA.org Ray Ramirez Sajgatucson@gmail.com
New format starting 2017 to mirror JGAA. All skill levels. Local two-day events on Saturdays and Sundays for ages 13+, one-day events for ages under 13. Runs monthly except May and June. 18-Hole rounds are posted for Recruiting web sites. Individual stroke play with points for Player of the Year.
Annual membership is $70 which includes a JGAA and Ricki Rarick membership. Event range: $30-40 for 9-holes, $80-100 for 18-holes.
Also known as Ricky Rarick. Summer tournaments held on Mondays and Tuesdays. Stroke play. $20 membership if you do not have the SAJGA or JGAA membership. $15 tournaments. All skill levels. Tucson only! 6-hole and short course events for younger players.
www.Jgaa.org Scott McNevin Smcnevin@jgaa.org
Format primarily individual stroke play. Events all over Arizona (2 in Tucson). Skill level is high. One- and two-day events on Saturdays and Sundays. Costs range from $40 for 9 holes and up to $120 for 36 holes.
www.USKIDSGOLF.com Dale Balvin Dbalvin@Arizonajuniorgolf.com
Stroke play events with points awarded to play Regional and World events including Pinehurst in August 2017. Ages 6-14. Caddies allowed and encouraged. Skill level high. Runs in fall season. Events range from $35 for 9 holes, $70 for 18 holes. Golfers from New Mexico, Texas and Mexico participated in Arizona events. **Netflix movie, "The Short Game," was made about this tour.
www.arizonajuniorgolf.com Dale Balvin
Phoenix based starter golf. 3- and 6-hole events. Short course events, different formats including scrambles and team tournaments. Caddies are allowed. Classes and camps offered. Skill level is beginner to tournament ready. Pricing varies. Prep for US KIDS golf events. Ages 5-14.
www.Juniorgolfuniversity.org John Souza Jsouza@ping.com
Team format with stroke play. Mirrors high school play with clubs from Tucson and Phoenix. Team are formed through Country Clubs and the First Tee. No age restriction though most players are high school age. 18-hole events run during Spring with individuals and teams hoping to qualify for the end of season State tournament.
www.Hjgt.org Thomas Byrne Thomas@HJGT.org
Very competitive weekly events primarily on the West Coast stopping in Arizona once a month. 36-hole events are $200. $130 membership ($65 for Arizona golfers in 2017 to attract more golfers).