Though the big-name professionals make all the headlines, anyone involved seriously in the game of golf knows the future lies in the hands of people who are only household names under their own roofs. They’re the kids who play the game, whether they’re just picking up a club, or the No. 1 golfer on a high school team. But just as all junior golfers aren’t the same, not all junior golf programs are similar. Following are some of the region’s main junior programs:
L.A. County Junior Golf
This began in 2001 and is administered by Los Angeles County. It has over 1,100 members, including some as young as 4. Free weekly golf lessons are given and the group has launched the L.A. County Junior Golf Champion-ship Series. Call (626) 821-4648.
SCPGA Junior Golf Tour
The largest junior golf organization in the area, the organization includes more than 2,000 members, some who live as far away as Washington State. Open to golfers ages 7 to 18, the organization is comprised of three levels: the junior developmental league, the junior tour, and the Toyota Tour Cup series, a nationally recognized series of tournaments designed for elite golfers. Clinics, camps, and other features are included. Visit scpga.com.
San Diego Junior
Founded in 1952, this excellent program is crowned by Junior World, one of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments in the world. There are currently about 700 members ranging in age from 5 to 17. Visit sdjga.org.
Long Beach Junior Golf
More than 400 junior golfers ranging from 7 to 17 years old are involved in this program, which is based at Heartwell Golf Course and plays on Long Beach’s municipal courses. Call (562) 570-1272.
This non-profit junior organization, known as JAGS, is open to golfers ages 12 to 18. There are three levels to the program, with the highest two open only to kids with a grade point average of at least 3.0. Tournaments are 36-hole, nationally-ranked events. Call (562) 493-8416 or visit jagstour.com.