Frequently Asked Questions about COJGA
(updated March 19, 2021)
LEVEL 1 COJGA EVENTS
What should I expect?
These events provide an opportunity for golfers and non-golfers to learn a skill in a fun, engaging environment. We will cover fundamentals and provide a light snack for all the participants.
Q: Do I need to attend event with my junior?
In order to promote learning and family buy-in, we encourage parents to learn alongside your junior. This way, you can play and practice on your own and develop skills throughout the whole year.
LEVEL 1 LOOP EXPERIENCE DAYS
Q: What should I expect?
These events provide an opportunity for young and developing golfers to get experience playing with peers in a low key semi-competitive environment. The golfer will play 5 age appropriate distance holes on the loop course at Awbrey Glen. After the round of golf the participants will be presented with a simple dinner such as hot dog and chips. The golfer should have his/her own clubs and should arrive at Awbrey Glen 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. Some clubs will be available to borrow if you need them.
Q: Do I need to attend event with my junior?
Yes, for this activity we request that adults be at the course with their junior for the entire event.
SELECTING APPROPRIATE DIVISION
Q: Is my junior player ready for COJGA?
Yes! As long as you want to be involved with golf, you will fit in nicely with either Level 1, 2 or 3.
For the Level 2 and 3 divisions the expectation is that all junior players will be reasonably familiar with the rules of golf and how to maintain proper pace of play. If your junior is brand new to golf then Level 1 or one of the other local programs, such as Operation 36 or PGA Junior League may be a better option to consider.
Q: How do I know which division is suitable for my junior player?
We have organized divisions into novice/beginner divisions and more competitive divisions. Please see below for a breakdown of the different divisions
Note that we have the flexibility to adjust players up or down based on how well they are doing during the season. As a rule of thumb, competitive divisions are generally shooting around the mid-90s or lower.
Level 1 - events are exploratory and designed for skill building.
Any age mature enough to play well with others and can listen/engage for 45 minutes are welcome!
Generally, ages 5-12 will capture most of Level 1 players.
Divisions will be co-ed and based on age.
Events are focused on learning how to score in fun, non-super competitive environments.
Divisions for both Gentlemen and Ladies
17 and under
14 and under
11 and under
Q: Can my junior play in a division they don’t qualify for age-wise?
Yes, juniors can play up a division if they are skilled enough to warrant it. Moving divisions will be at the discretion of the tournament director with a goal on making COJGA a beneficial experience for all players involved.
Q: How much does COJGA cost?
Players in Level 1 have a complimentary membership and each event will cost approximately $20.
For players in the COJGA Tour divisions (Level 2 and 3), registration is $80 and each event is $30 for 9 holes and $40 for 18 holes, which includes lunch.
Q: When will registration open?
Registration will typically open in April or early May. For 2021, registration is slated to open April 5.
Q: Do I have to register for COJGA to be able to register for a COJGA event?
Yes, registration for COJGA is required before registering for events can occur.
Q: If I register for COJGA can I later request a refund?
Yes, refunds for COJGA membership will be granted as long as the junior hasn’t played in any events yet. There will be $10 taken from registration amount to cover processing fees.
Q: If I register for a COJGA event can I later request a refund?
Yes, refunds for COJGA events will be granted as long as they are made more than 7 days prior to the event. There will be $10 taken from registration amount to cover processing fees.
Q: What is the COJGA Cup?
- The COJGA Cup is the name of the award for the Player of the Year determined by points earned in each event.
- This award is only given to the leading points earner in each division of the Varsity Level 3.
For more information about how to earn points, please visit the Tournaments page.
Q: Do I need a membership at a local course to participate in COJGA
- No, playing in COJGA is a great way for your juniors to get to play at some of the best courses in the area, including several private clubs, without needing to pay membership fees.
Q: What if I can only attend some of the events?
Once you have signed up for COJGA you can attend as many or as few events as you wish
Q: Does COJGA provide golf instruction?
COJGA does provide golf instruction opportunities in Level 1 (exposure clinics and the Loop experience).
Some local options for golf instruction:
Junior PGA League - Offered through many of the local courses, involves regular training sessions as well as 2-person scramble events against other local juniors. Great for beginner to intermediate golfers.
Operation 36 - Also offered through many of the local courses, involves regular training sessions as well as individual challenges, starting from close distance and moving back further as the golfer progresses. Great for beginners to advanced.
Golf programs offered through Bend Parks and Recreation
Private lessons through pros at many of the local courses - visit www.pga.com/coach
Q: Why are COJGA events held during the week? It would be more convenient for me if they were on the weekend so it didn’t interfere with my work.
Unfortunately golf courses are generally very packed on the weekends and it would be both difficult to schedule as well as cost prohibitive to attempt to schedule large junior events on the weekends.