More specifically, any person falling under the above definition who has played at least one round of golf in a given year is a junior golfer. Competitive junior golfers play in high level competitions. These competitions are found on junior tours such as the American Junior Golf Association, Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA), Future Stars Golf Series, International Junior G olf Tour (IJGT), Tarheel Junior Golf, Texas Legends Junior Tour.
How old is a junior for golf?
Competitions are ranked by national services to identify the best players of a country. In the UK there are a number of junior golf tours with the largest being run by the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA), and the British Schools Golf Association, .
Among the most prominent national junior tournaments are the U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Girls’ Junior, the Western Junior, the Northern Junior, SDJGA IMG Junior World Championships and The Press Thornton Future Masters.
Junior Golf – boys
What is the biggest junior golf tournament in the world?
While there are many junior golf tournaments available to your child, look for age and skill appropriate tournaments. Also look closely at the different tour policies and guidelines as well as archived scores. You don’t want to place your junior golfer in over his/her head where the competitors are playing at a significantly higher level, or in junior golf tournaments where they do not have any real competition. That is no fun for anyone.
As juniors get older and start getting a junior golf national ranking on Junior Golf Scoreboard, the “strength of field” becomes even more important. It is possible to win a tournament and actually move down in the rankings (i.e. get worse) if the strength of field is not good or the course is very short for the junior’s age. Parents sometimes ask where their child can play golf if their school doesn’t have a golf program. The junior golf tours set out below offer some great opportunities for juniors golfers to get tournament experience.
International and National Tournaments & Tours
U.S. Kids Golf (5-14 Years)
U.S. Kids Golf is a largest, very competitive and well run junior tour for younger kids. USKids holds local tournaments in many US States. Their tournaments include Local Tours, Regional Tournaments, State Tournaments, Junior World Championship at Pinehurst, Teen World Champs.
Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (8-18 Years)
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) is the one of the largest junior golf tours in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than any other tour (over 250 tournaments in 32 States). There are 4 boys age groups and 2 girls age groups at the appropriate ages to suite most juniors looking for a competitive tournament experience.
Drive Chip Putt (7-15 Years)
The Drive, Chip and Putt Competition is a very popular annual event hosted by the PGA. The overall winners play a competition in Augusta during Masters week. Qualifying competitions are hosted throughout the country. It is not a junior golf tournament in that juniors do not actually play a round of golf but rather are score based on 3 drives, 3 chips and 3 putts. This is a really fun way to get new golfers a taste of competition.
Dustin Johnson World Junior (13 to 18 Years)
The Dustin Johnson World Junior is an elite, invitational event usually played in early March at TPC Myrtle Beach, home to the Senior PGA Tour Championship & 2019 NCAA Men’s Regionals. The boys and girls field is comprised of 90 elite junior golfers from around the world (field of 60 boys and 30 girls).