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:
The NGA offers a pair of junior championships for both boys and
girls. They include a match play championship and stroke play
championship for both genders. The match play events are conducted
in June, the stroke play events are generally conducted in July.
These competitions are the state's premier tournaments for junior
golfers ultimately identifying Nebraska's best junior players.
Although there's no minimum age to participate applicants should
be prepared to compete at a high level. Please link to the junior
competitions tab along the left for complete details.
The Little Junior Amateur is a NGA competition reserved for
boys and girls ages 6-12. This family oriented event introduces
youngsters to the NGA competitive experience through both a Sunday
parent-child tournament and a Monday 9-hole championship that
flights competitors by both age and gender (6-8, 9-10 and 11-12).
Also included in the entry is a Sunday evening skills contest
and player's pizza party along with Monday lunch following golf.
Youngsters are treated to a competition unlike any other with
all the trappings of an NGA championship including permision to
use caddies. Please link to the junior competitions tab along
the left for complete details.
The NGA conducts a pair of junior sectional qualifiers for
USGA national championships. The top finishers in each qualify
to participate in the nation's top junior competition. Both qualifiers
are 18 holes as of 2017. Please link to the junior competitions
tab along the left for further information.
Junior Cup Matches
The Junior Cup Matches pit the top eight junior male golfers from
Kansas and Nebraska against each other in a team match play format.
The competition begins with Foursomes and Four-Ball matches and
concludes with eight singles matches. Similar to the Ryder Cup,
each match is worth one point. Please link to the select team
events tab along the left for complete details.
The NGA conducts a Fall Junior Series giving young male golfers
the opportunity to build their golfing resume by competing in
four seperate 18-hole competitions. Each event is scheduled on
a Saturday and the number of entries is limited to 45 golfers.
Entrants may choose to compete as part of a team or as an indivudal.
Post-series recognition includes a 5-person FJS All-Star Team
and honor to the top Team. Please link to the junior competitions
tab along the left for complete details.
JUNIOR GOLF TOUR
NGA teams with the Nebraska PGA Section to present the Nebraska
Junior Golf Tour (NJGT). The NJGT offers nearly 70 competitive
golf events for junior golfers beginning at the age of seven continuing
through the summer following a golfer's graduation from high school.
The NJGT's competitive calendar includes tournaments for every
level of golfer including featured tournaments for the more accomplished
player and TeamGolf for younger players. If
you're a young golfer in Nebraska the NJGT is a must. Complete
information on the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour is available at www.njgt.org.
CHIP & PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP
In an effort
to promote interest and participation in the game of golf, the
Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association
(USGA) and The PGA of America created the Drive, Chip and Putt
Championship, a free, nationwide junior skills competition that
will conclude at Augusta National Golf Club each year. Participants
in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship advance through local
and regional qualifiers conducted throughout the United States.
Competitors will be comprised of boys and girls ages 7-15, and
they will compete in separate divisions in four age categories.
The regional champions in each of the boys and girls divisions
from the four age categories will advance to the finals to be
held at Augusta National the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.
The Championship finals will be produced and broadcast by Golf
Channel. The Nebraska Golf Association and the Nebraska PGA Section
will host three local qualifiers. For details link to this informational
page on the NJGT web site.
(offering junior golfers rounds
of golf for just $4)
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. Link
to the FORE! tab along the left for complete details.
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.
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.