STUDIO CITY/ONTARIO, CALIF. (JAN. 28, 2015) The Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and the Southern California PGA Section (SCPGA) today announced the creation of the Southern California Junior Amateur Golf Championship, which will be held Oct. 17-18, 2015. This event will be jointly run by the two largest golf entities in Southern California. The inaugural championship will be contested at Industry Hills Golf Club.
“We are excited to provide an opportunity for the younger generation of golfers to compete in their own prestigious competition,” said Kevin Heaney, SCGA executive director. “Along with the SCPGA, we strive to provide opportunities for all Southern California golfers, especially those who represent the future of the game we love. These juniors are future SCGA members, so we’re excited to include them in our activities during their junior golf careers.”
“The Southern California PGA is pleased and proud to team with the SCGA to bring the inaugural Southern California Junior Amateur Golf Championship, a major golf event, to our junior golfers right here in Southern California,” said Tom Addis, SCPGA Executive Director and CEO. “The SCPGA runs hundreds of events for juniors golfers each year, and we are thrilled to bring our tournament management and Rules expertise to such a high-profile event.”
Industry Hills G.C. is a past host of a number of major golf tournaments, including the LPGA’s Kia Classic, U.S. Open qualifying and SCGA Championships as well as being named 2010 National Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association.
The Junior Amateur will be a 36-hole stroke play championship, with 104 boys and 104 girls each competing in a separate field. All competitors will play all 36 holes. The event is open to Southern California boys with a Handicap Index of 5.4 and below and Southern California girls with a Handicap Index of 9.4 and below. All competitors must be 18 years of age or younger as of Oct. 18, 2015. Players who have graduated from high school are not eligible. Exemptions have been granted to several prominent local junior champions. Please see attached list for details.
About the SCGA
The Southern California Golf Association is devoted to providing all Southland golfers with the best experience possible. Its primary goal is to enhance the enjoyment of the game for those who actively live the golf lifestyle or have just learned to swing a club. Advocating on behalf of our community of passionate golfers, the SCGA provides accessible and affordable opportunities for anyone looking to be involved with the game. Whether crowning champions at amateur tournaments or providing a Handicap Index to track a golfer’s progress, the SCGA is committed to providing exceptional service to its members. Learn more at scga.org.
About the Southern California PGA
The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization, comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf, while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions.
The Southern California Section was established in 1924, and today is comprised of over 1,700 golf Professionals working at over 500 facilities within the Section. The mission of the Southern California Section (SCPGA) is the purpose of the PGA of America, to promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry. The SCPGA provides competitive playing opportunities, educational seminars, and growth of the game initiatives, within a geographic area that stretches from San Luis Obispo to the Tijuana Border, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada and Arizona borders.
The SCPGA created the Southern California PGA Foundation to develop and administer junior golf programs as well as an increasingly wide array of other community services throughout the Section. The Southern California PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and operates as a public foundation. The SCPGA Foundation is involved in and supports the growth of the game of golf through initiatives such as Play Golf America, Neighborhood Golf, California Alliance for Golf and the University of California at Riverside Turfgrass Research Program, to name a few.
Julia Pine, Southern California Golf Association, firstname.lastname@example.org, 818.980.3630 x321
Breanne Mitchell, Southern California PGA Section, email@example.com, 951.845.4653
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