TULSA, Okla. – An all-star team of junior golfers from the greater Tulsa area will compete in the 2015 PGA Junior League Golf Championship Nov. 5-8 at Disney’s Palm Course at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Oklahoma All-Stars captured the South Regional in September to earn one of eight spots at the PGA Junior League Golf Championship.
"The PGA Junior League Golf Championship is the culmination of another record-breaking year for this program," said PGA President Derek Sprague. "We look forward to a great event at Walt Disney World Resort, which is a wonderful setting for our juniors to enjoy a fun weekend of tournament play. We congratulate the Oklahoma All-Stars on their achievement."
The Oklahoma All-Stars will compete against teams from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio and South Carolina in the championship. Members of the Oklahoma All-Star team are from Broken Arrow Golf & Athletic Club, South Lakes Golf Course, Southern Hills Country Club and The Patriot Golf Club in the greater Tulsa area and are coached by PGA Professional Pete Chimarys.
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 of golf. Kids learn the game in a recreational environment with professional instruction and direction from PGA/LPGA Professionals who serve as team captains, while parents also play an active role. Participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends in a popular two-person scramble format.
The program also has the support of some of golf’s biggest names, including Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie and Rickie Fowler, who are Official Ambassadors for PGA Junior League Golf.
PGA Junior League Golf continues to be one of the PGA of America’s fastest growing programs, with a nearly 100 percent increase each year. Below are approximate yearly numbers:
– 2015: 30,000 boys and girls; 2,500 teams
– 2014: 17,500 boys and girls; 1,425 teams
– 2013: 9,000 boys and girls; 740 teams
PGA Junior League Golf is the key youth program of PGA REACH, the charitable arm of the PGA of America.For more information about PGA Junior League Golf, visit PGAJLG.com.