Junior golf association provides guidance to young players
Kids learn the rules, skills and etiquette they will one day be expected to demonstrate when playing a round
(BendBulletin excerpt) From the Central Oregon Junior Golf Association to the Oregon Golf Association to the PGA Jr. League, young golfers in Central Oregon have multiple options for development and competition.
“They all feed into each other really, really well,” said Brian Wasserman, COJGA tournament director. “We support each other really well.”
COJGA begins with the 6 to 8 Experience, an introductory program for girls and boys ages 6-8. Golfers play Awbrey Glen’s five-hole, par 3 Loop Course, shooting into an 8-inch hole instead of the standard 4-inch cup. Scores are kept, as kids learn how to sign their own cards, but at the end of the day everyone receives a hot dog and a medal.
“It’s a very, very welcoming environment,” Wasserman said. “It’s a great place for parents and for kids to get an introduction to tournament golf. There’s great camaraderie amongst the players. A lot of these players don’t know each other when they start COJGA and by the end of the season they become friends and they end up going off and playing golf together on their own.”
“We use the 6 to 8 Experience for the kids to enjoy golf and realize that it’s fun so as they turn 9, 10 years old, they start playing with us (higher COJGA divisions) in tournaments,” Wasserman said.
COJGA’s 9-10 and novice divisions play a nine-hole short course. The 12-18 age groups all play 18 holes.
COJGA hosts eight tournaments from June through August.
Tournament winners and points leaders then qualify for the COJGA Cup on Aug. 18 at Eagle Crest in Redmond.