This year’s championship will be played on the Raptor course.
Eight PGA Junior League Golf Teams that advance out of the Regional Championships in September and October will contend for the title. The 10-player teams, matching East vs. West regions, compete in a two-person-scramble format. Coaches are allowed to substitute players every three holes, so that all team members can participate.
The PGA Junior League Golf, is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game. Kids play on teams with friends and wear numbered jerseys, learning golf with professional instruction and direction from PGA and LPGA Teaching Professionals.
“The PGA of America is delighted to bring the PGA Junior League Golf Championship to the beautiful Southwest and Grayhawk Golf Club,” said PGA President Derek Sprague.
“This is yet another example of how PGA Junior League Golf is furthering its mission to connect kids with the game in a fun and recreational environment.”
Grayhawk has been the site of the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open, Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf, Williams World Challenge (which benefited the Tiger Woods Foundation) and the Thunderbird International Junior.
The Tom Fazio-designed Raptor course at Grayhawk offers a challenge that commands a player’s respect through a game of risk and reward. The par-72 course unfolds over a corner of the Sonoran Desert. Last Fall, Fazio collaborated with Dennis Wise on a redesign and relocation of holes 15, 16 and 17.
“We’re honored to host the 2016 PGA Junior League Golf Championship,” said Grayhawk Golf Club PGA Director of Golf Joe Shershenovich.
In PGA Junior League Golf, kids play regular-season games from April to July. They then assemble into 10-player, all-star teams that compete in sub-regionals for a chance to earn a spot at one of eight regionals.
In 2015, Team California captured the championship.
Superstars Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson serve as Official PGA Junior League Ambassadors.
For more information about PGA Junior League Golf, visit PGAJLG.com.
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