This summer, for the first time ever, Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego will have teams competing as part of the PGA Junior League (PGAJL)! PGAJL provides a fun, team-oriented experience that will give our members a taste of competitive golf. It’s also a place where many of the best golf professionals in the world got their start.
Pro Kids entered two teams to compete for the PGAJL championship this season, one for our City Heights site and one for our Oceanside site. Each team has 12 Level 3 and Level 4 members who have shown a special interest in golf and represent the communities that we serve. Our goal is to have two teams per site next season!
How It Works
Members will compete as a team in a two-player scramble format, playing 9-hole matches against kids from other golf courses in San Diego. Each team member gets a numbered jersey with his or her last name on the back.
Scoring consists of a cumulative point system of all matches happening at the same time, much like the Ryder Cup. Teams are split up into four groups of three players each, allowing for substitutions during the match. Everyone plays a minimum of six holes per match. More information about the PGAJL competition format is available here.
Graduating from the Par 3 Course
One objective of being part of the PGAJL is to give our Pro Kids members an opportunity to play regulation-size golf courses earlier in their Golf & Life Skills program. Many of our Level 4 members have yet to play on a regulation golf course, limiting the types of events they could participate in.
In addition, the team-oriented format allows team members to further develop their social skills and build long-lasting friendships with their peers. In order to be successful in the League, Pro Kids members must learn how to work together and play off one another’s strengths.
All Thanks to Carini Heating and Air Conditioning
Pr Kids Board Member Gabriel Carini and his company, Carini Heating and Air Conditioning, continue to come through for Pro Kids by stepping up with $5,000 to sponsor the Pro Kids PGAJL teams. THANK YOU! Because of this, we’re able to offer this formative life experience at absolutely no cost to our members.
Please donate today to so that we may build upon this investment and continue to offer PGAJL participation to more of our members in the future.