Nebraska Junior Golf
Junior Golf in Nebraska is ever growing. The Nebraska Section of the PGA along with the Nebraska Golf Association have done a great job promoting and growing the footprint of Junior Golf.
Nebraska Junior Golf Tour (click here)
The Nebraska Golf Association and the Nebraska PGA joined forces in 2009 to bring young golfers the state’s premier junior golf organization – the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour (NJGT) presented by Farmers Mutual of Nebraska. With the addition of TEAM GOLF, it serves as a fun entry into tournament play. There are nearly 80 events for kids to get involved with golf through the junior tour. Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska Regular Tournaments feature the following age divisions for each gender: 7-8; 9-11; 12-13; 14-15 and 16+. Prize and point recognition will be given to the top finishers in each category. Male golfers in the 7-8 & 9-11 age categories and females in the 7-8; 9-11 and 12-13 age categories play nine-holes. All other age divisions play 18-holes. The fee for regular tour events is $20 (9-holers) and $30 (18-holers).
In addition to the regular tour events we’ll offer premier events including the GolfTEC Premier Series featuring 4 major championships, the Five Points Bank of Grand Island Central Nebraska Junior Am & the NGCSA Capital City Championship which are ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard. The GolfTEC of Omaha Premier competitions are reserved for golfers in the 18-hole classification and will be higher level tournaments. Golf course set-up (yardage) will differ for the 12-13 year old boys. Those 14 & older will play the same gender tees. Prizes and double points, however, will be awarded based on performance within age divisions. Premier events are run similar to a championship event and are priced at $40.
Our season ending championship is called the NJGT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP. The Tour Championship for the 18-hole division will be hosted by Dakota Dunes Country Club for the 2017 season. The 9-hole division will be held at The Field Club of Omaha. Invitations will be extended to golfers in every age and gender division based on their position in their respective NJGT point standings published July 20th. An awards ceremony will follow the tournament where we’ll honor the top finishers and our NJGT Payer of the Year presented by Golf USA recipients in each age and gender category. A great way to cap the season.
Team golf is for golfers 13 & younger on the NJGT with any level of experience. It offers an introduction to tournament play through a team competiton with a fun modified format and rules. To learn more about NJGT TEAM GOLF visit here!
To participate in the NJGT in 2017 you’ll need to join the organization. Tour REGISTRATION on the NJGT web site opens April 1. You can either download a paper application for submission or join on-line with a credit card (www.njgt.org). Fees are $60 for those in the 18-hole division and $50 for 9-holers and TEAM GOLF participants. 2017 benefits include a subscription to the NJGT Electronic Newsletter, Membership Bag Tag, Access to the rules of golf app, sponsor gifts, NJGT gift and a Nebraska Golf Association Membership which includes a USGA Handicap Index through GHIN, Eligibility to Participate in NGA Competitions, Subscription to Both Nebraska Golfer Magazine and the NGA E-Newsletter (24 editions). Membership packets will ship on the 1st and 15th of every month beginning May 1st.
We hope to see each of you playing golf this summer. Please pass details regarding the NJGT along to your friends. The more participants the more enjoyable the competition. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. We can be reached at:
NEBRASKA JUNIOR GOLF TOUR
(402) 730-8364Call: (402) 730-8364
Nebraska Golf Association (link here)
The Nebraska Golf Association offers an array of programs for junior golfers. In most cases, we define a junior golfer as anyone that hasn’t yet reached September 1 following graduation from secondary school so really an individual is labeled a junior through the summer following graduation from high school. Listed below are programs the NGA offers:
COMPETITIONS (link here)
Little Junior Amateur
USGA Junior Championships
Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup Matches
Fall Junior Series
FORE! (offering junior golfers rounds of golf for just $4) more info
This unique NGA program offers junior golfers the opportunity to play numerous golf courses statewide for just $4. As an extension of junior golf programs that first introduce the game, FORE! is an NGA initiative that creates affodability and accesability for junior golfers to play the game more frequently. In addition to highlighting participating golf courses, the FORE! web site will feature junior rate policies at non-participating courses that already have their own access programs in place.
RULES OF GOLF EDUCATION
For the last 16 years the NGA has offered a series of Rules of Golf seminars for high school golf teams. Regional sessions are staged throughout the state in both March and August. The seminars highlight those rules situations that golfers most likely encounter during stroke play competitions. There’s no cost to attend and attendees receive a USGA Rules of Golf booklet. Although focused on high school golf, all junior golfers are welcome. Link here for details on the 2017 educational schedule.
The NGA annually recognizes a Junior Golfer of the Year and a Girls Junior Golfer of the Year. In addition, the top 5 boys and girls are named to a NGA Junior All-Star Team. These recognitions are determined by the NGA’s junior point standings for both boys and girls. These standings are also used to determine various select teams and NGA junior championship registration priority. To access information on the NGA Junior Point System link here. To view our post-season honors link here.
The Nebraska Section of the PGA offers many events for Junior Golfers as well. One of the premier Junior Circuits, the PGA Junior Series, makes a stop in Nebraska every year and brings with it elite Junior talent. The Junior PGA Championship also is a staple of Junior Golf for the PGA, and the local section hosts qualifiers for this national event as well.
Junior PGA Championship (link here)
A History of showcasing tomorrow’s stars one of golf’s major championships for juniors, the Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start.
Begun in 1976, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., the Championship has been a popular stop on the national junior circuit for many of today’s PGA and LPGA touring professionals.