Everyone that plays golf knows that it is most important to the future of the sport to encourage youngsters to learn this game. Playing within the rules and for all the right reasons this sport can last a lifetime. Commit yourself to help the juniors in the area you live in. Your home course surely has a juniors program. Call and find out how you can become a part of that program through volunteering and/or financially, even if you have clubs you are not using......donate them to this program. All youngsters can't afford clubs, but do have a desire to play the game.
The Southern Nevada Jr. Golf Association (SNJGA) was formed in 1979 to promote junior golf activities, to teach the rules and etiquette of golf, and to secure instruction, practice, and playing privileges for its members as well as help young children develop a positive character and good sportsmanship.
No other sport in existence can teach a child the attributes of becoming a successful adult in this ever changing, competitive world as golf can. Learning the game of golf gives youngsters the opportunity to learn a sport that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. SNJGA not only gives juniors the opportunity to receive proper instruction in the play of the game but also teaches them a set of standards in the Rules of Golf and a code of ethics in learning the etiquette of the game. We teach them to be individuals not just a teammate. Golf forces kids to learn to make their own decisions promptly. Golf is a game of honesty and integrity and the junior golfers learn from the very beginning that if they cheat in golf, they are only cheating themselves.
SNJGA provides a year round schedule of activities for its members that includes, instructional clinics, seminars on the Rules of Golf as well a year round tournament schedule which utilizes most of the Las Vegas area golf courses. We strive to provide a healthy, positive outlet for the juniors' energies and a worthwhile activity for time which might otherwise be occupied by hanging out on a street corner with no purpose.
The opportunities of learning golf are unlimited. It can provide a way for a junior to attend college on a scholarship. SNJGA gives out 8-10 scholarships to graduating seniors each year. Golf also offers them the opportunity to use their abilities to become successful in the business world. Unlike any other sport, golf sets a higher standard of behavior that juniors learn to achieve. A great percentage of our members become very successful in later life because of the valuable lessons they have learned through golf.
The Southern Nevada Jr. Golf Association has provided scholarships to many juniors throughout the years who go on to further their education in college. SNJGA currently gives $8000 - $10,000 per year to its members who want to further their education after high school. Over $150,000.00 has been awarded in the past 8 years. The Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association also sponsors 3 traveling teams; 1 team of 4 boys to the Eddie Hogan Cup matches in Portland, OR, a team to the Boys Americas Cup matches and a team to the Girls Americas Cup matches every year. All travel expenses and outfits are paid for by SNJGA.
SNJGA membership is open to anyone from the ages of 6 to 18. It provides a full year round schedule of organized golf tournaments, provides clinics, provides clubs and a curriculum for schools to teach golf, and provides clubs and financial assistance to those who want to learn the game of golf and participate in SNJGA.
For more information on the Southern Nevada Jr. Golf Association:
Call 702-433-0626 or come by the office located at 3430 E. Flamingo Rd. # 244 Las Vegas, Nevada.
The purpose of the American Junior Golf Association is to provide positive life experiences for aspiring junior golfers through competitive golf, while setting high standards to preserve the integrity and traditions of the game. By remaining committed to this purpose, the AJGA has built a reputation for providing the best exposure vehicle in which to gain college golf scholarships.
For the past 21 years, the AJGA has been dedicated to this purpose. The Association is the largest organization of its kind, with a membership (boys and girls, ages 13-18) of more than 4,500 junior golfers from all 50 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
The purpose of the AJGA is to provide positive life experiences for aspiring junior golfers through competitive golf while setting high standards to preserve the integrity and traditions of the game. By remaining committed to this purpose, the AJGA has built a reputation for providing the best exposure vehicle in which to gain college golf scholarships.
Since its inception in 1977, the AJGA has actively pursued its mission by establishing a series of national junior golf tournaments, giving exceptional junior golfers the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills. Hundreds of the nation's college golf coaches receive results of each AJGA tournament and qualifier.
History of American Junior Golf Association
The AJGA, founded in the fall of 1977, conducted its first national junior tournament in August 1978 at Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill, Fla. Appropriately named the Tournament of Champions, the event was one of two tournaments held in the inaugural season.
The second event, the American Junior Classic, followed in November at Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs, Fla. At this event, the first AJGA All-American Team was named. Headlining the team were Willie Wood, Jim Gallagher Jr., Mark Calcavecchia, Jodie Mudd, Penny Hammel and Jenny Lidback.
Over the years, the AJGA has watched many of its alumni find success in the college and professional ranks. In 1996 alone, AJGA alumni combined for a total of 31 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. Through August of 1997, AJGA alumni have already carded more than 20 victories. 1997 was especially good to the AJGA's PGA Tour alumni, as three of the four majors were won by AJGA alumni (Tiger Woods Masters, Justin Leonard British Open, Davis Love III PGA Championship). In collegiate competition, 11 of the past 14 NCAA Division I Men's champions and 14 of the past 16 Women's champions are AJGA alumni. Further, many AJGA alumni have positioned themselves as leaders in the business community. In 1989, Titleist and Foot-Joy Worldwide signed on as the AJGA's national sponsor and has been the catalyst to the Association's on-going success.
Davis Love III and Betsy Rawls recently completed their second terms as AJGA National Chairmen.
The AJGA National Headquarters was built in the spring of 1992 at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, Georgia thanks to a generous contribution from current Chairman of the Board, J.R. "Digger" Smith. The AJGA can be reached in Roswell at the following: American Junior Golf Association 2415 Steeplechase Lane Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 998-4653.