GROTON -- Registration for PGA Jr. League is now open at golf facilities throughout the region including Groton Country Club.
Some of these leagues will offer practices and matches held at the same facility. This is a great option for players and their families, as it eliminates travel time to other courses for matches, while creating a community among everyone involved. Visit PGAJrLeague.com to find all local teams by ZIP code or facility and register online.
PGA Jr. League is a game-changing program that brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA professionals. Boys and girls of all backgrounds and skill levels wear numbered jerseys and play on co-ed teams with their friends, competing in a two-person scramble format that builds confidence and encourages sportsmanship.
In addition to Groton Country Club, nearby facilities offering the program: Atkinson Resort & Country Club in New Hampshire, Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton, Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston and Woburn Country Club.
"PGA Jr. League is a fun, welcoming and engaging way for boys and girls to learn and play golf," said PGA President Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA. "The number of facilities offering leagues continues to grow nationwide and here in the greater Boston area.
Last year, PGA Jr. League reported record-setting numbers, with more than 50,000 boys and girls playing on 4,200 teams nationwide -- a 20 percent year-over-year increase. Of those players, 80 percent were beginner or recreational golfers, demonstrating the developmental nature of the program and its inclusivity to youth of all skill levels.
This year, PGA Jr. League's 16-and-under age division is expanding to a 17-and-under division to accommodate the growing number of golfers ages 14-17 who have aged out of the traditional program but are still interested in league play. Families can search by both 13u and 17u age divisions on PGAJrLeague.com. Groton Country Club is among the facilities that will field a 17u team this year.
PGA Jr. League also has the support of some of the biggest names in sports -- professional golfers Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, who were recently joined by three-time NBA champion and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry and Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion Alex Morgan.
PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of the PGA of America's 501 (c)(3) foundation, PGA REACH, with the goal of making the program accessible to all interested kids in the United States and around the world.
For more information, visit PGAJrLeague.com and follow @pgajrleague on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.