Frequently Asked Questions about COJGA
(updated May 17, 2019)
AGE 9+ COJGA TOURNAMENTS
What should I expect?
These events provide an opportunity for golfers age 9-18 to be in a competitive but friendly golf environment. Younger divisions play 9 holes and will be escorted by parent volunteers and older divisions play 18 holes, without parent supervision but often with parent spectators. Lunch will be provided at the end of the round of golf.
Q: Do I need to attend event with my junior?
To keep costs manageable COJGA is primarily a volunteer based organization. As such we rely on volunteers to help out with many activities on the day of COJGA events, from walking scorers, to shuttle bus drivers to delivering water to players. We recommend that a volunteer is provided for every 2 to 3 events in which a junior participates. The volunteer roles are often a couple of hours in duration.
Q: Do parents/volunteers also get free lunch when at a COJGA event?
No, only the tournament directors and players are provided free lunches. For facilities serving buffet-style lunches, it is usually offered to parents for a fee around $10.
AGE 6-8 LOOP EXPERIENCE
Q: What should I expect?
These events provide an opportunity for young golfers age 6-8 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 reward and 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.
Q: Do I need to attend event with my junior?
Yes, for this age division 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?
For 6-8 year old experience division, junior players of all experience levels are welcome.
For the 9+ division 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 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.
6-8 Loop Course (Coed, 5 holes)
9-11 Short Course (Boys and Girls Divisions, 9 holes)
12-17 Novice (Boys and Girls Divisions, 9 holes)
9-11 (9 holes)
12-13 (18 holes)
14-15 (18 holes)
16-17 (18 holes)
9-11 (9 holes)
12-14 (18 holes)
15-17 (18 holes)
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(s) with a goal on making COJGA a beneficial experience for all players involved.
Q: How much does COJGA cost?
For players ages 6-8 participating in the “loop experience” initial registration is $20 and each event is $10 additional, which includes lunch
For players in the regular COJGA divisions initial registration is $80 and each event is $25 additional, which includes lunch
Q: When will registration open?
Registration will typically open in late April or early May. For 2019, registration is slated to open May 13
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. Note that for the season opening scramble event at Rivers Edge we are encouraging players to bring a guest and the guest only needs to pay the event fee if they are not sure they want to participate in further COJGA tournaments.
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 an invitational tournament held at the end of the regular COJGA season. Invitations are extended to players based on their performance in the regular season events. Minimum criteria is at least two regular season events. Preference will be given to players based on finishing position at regular season tournaments, scoring average, and points (which are awarded to players at every event they participate, with more points being awarded for higher placed finishes)
Q: When do invitations come out for COJGA Cup?
Invitations will be sent out within a couple days of the last regular season COJGA tournament
Q: Can I attend the season ending banquet even if I wasn’t invited to play in the COJGA Cup?
Yes, all players and friends and family can attend the banquet. The banquet involves a rewards presentation for the COJGA Cup along with dinner and a raffle of some great golf-related prizes.
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 not provide golf instruction directly but we have many adults dedicated to junior golfers in and around our program.
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.jrgolfpros.com
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.