In November, PGA Jr. League announced its first Ambassadors from outside the golf industry – Golden State Warriors All-Star and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry; and Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Alex Morgan – who will leverage their widespread fan bases to promote the program to an audience that may not be familiar with golf. They join Ambassadors Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson.
“PGA Jr. League’s ability to engage the entire family and create a sense of community in our sport is undoubtedly changing the game,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA. “This is a positive indicator for the future of golf, thanks to the thousands of PGA and LPGA Professionals who coach these fun, exciting and memorable family experiences.”
PGA Jr. League has proven successful in providing boys and girls of all backgrounds and skill levels the opportunity to learn and play golf together, all with expert instruction and coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. The program is typically offered for boys and girls ages 7-17, though player age range varies by facility.
This year, PGA Jr. League’s 16u (16 and under) age division is expanding to a 17u division, to accommodate the growing number of golfers ages 14-17 who have aged out of the 13u program, but are still interested in league play. Additionally, the recreational season will open March 1 this year, giving Captains the flexibility to start their programs one month earlier. To meet growing demand, recreational fall leagues are being introduced nationally from August through October, which adds an entirely new season to the program.
In 2018, more than 2,500 PGA and LPGA Professional Captains led over 50,000 boys and girls on 4,200 PGA Jr. League teams nationwide. This growth represents a nearly 20% increase in players from 2017, and participation has grown each year since its inception in 2011.