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GLENVIEW, Ill. – February 1, 2021 – The Illinois PGA has announced the launch of an all-new Illinois PGA Junior Tour. The Illinois PGA Junior Tour is intended to supplement existing junior golf programming around the state and will differentiate itself with a short, 7-event season contested at premier facilities.
“The Illinois PGA is excited and proud to launch its all-new Junior Tour,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA. “We as an organization already provide junior programming through Drive, Chip and Putt and PGA Jr. League, but we wanted to provide even more opportunities for junior golfers in Illinois. With the support of our membership, we were able to create a Junior Tour that will offer an exceptional tournament experience for junior golfers by providing competitive opportunities at premier facilities while fostering sportsmanship and integrity.”
The Illinois PGA Junior Tour is open to junior amateurs who reside in the state of Illinois and are between the ages of 14-18 as of July 26, 2021, the date of the Junior Masters Championship. All members are eligible to qualify for the season-ending Junior Masters Championship. The field for each event will be split into two divisions – Boys 14-18 and Girls 14-18.
The cost of an Illinois PGA Junior Tour Membership is $65. All junior golfers who purchase the 2021 membership receive a membership gift package and will be eligible to register for all six of the 2021 Illinois PGA Junior Tour regular-season events leading into the Junior Masters Championship. All events will be 18-hole individual stroke-play competitions. Field size will be limited to 100 players maximum, 76 boys and 24 girls paired in foursomes. Field makeup is subject to change based on event registrations. All regular-season events will consist of a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start unless otherwise specified. The complete Illinois PGA Junior Tour schedule is listed below:
Illinois PGA Junior Tour Schedule:
- June 14 – Jr. Tour Event #1 TBA
- June 21 – Jr. Tour Event #2 @ Merit Club
- June 28 – Jr. Tour Event #3 @ Westmoreland Country Club
- July 5 – Jr. Tour Event #4 @ TBA
- July 12 – Jr. Tour Event #5 @ Briarwood Country Club
- July 19 – Jr. Tour Event #6 @ Flossmoor Country Club
- July 26 – Junior Masters Championship @ Onwentsia Club
The Illinois PGA Junior Masters Championship is the culminating event of the season and will be held in conjunction with Illinois PGA Senior Masters Championship at Onwentsia Club. Eligibility for the Junior Masters event is limited to Junior Tour members only and is determined by the season-long points race. Invitations for the Junior Masters Championship will be sent to the top 45 point-earning members (15 girls and 30 boys).
Complete details about the Illinois PGA Junior Tour can be found at www.ipga.com-jr-golf-home.
About the Illinois PGA Junior Tour
The Illinois PGA Junior Tour offers an exceptional tournament experience for junior golfers ages 14-18. Designed for Illinois state residents, the Tour provides competitive opportunities at premier facilities while fostering sportsmanship and integrity among its members. The Illinois PGA Junior Tour is intended to supplement existing junior golf programming around the state and will differentiate itself with a short season contested at private facilities.
About the Illinois PGA/Illinois PGA Foundation
The Illinois Section of the PGA of America is a professional organization serving the men and women golf professionals in northern and central Illinois who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf. The Illinois PGA is responsible for the administration of competitive golf tournaments, educational opportunities, support programs and growth of the game initiatives. With over 840 members and apprentices, the Illinois PGA is one of the 41 regional Sections that comprise the PGA of America. The Illinois PGA Foundation focuses its community efforts on promoting the goodwill and growth of the game with an emphasis on activities that benefit youth. Foundation initiatives include: GolfWorks Illinois, Youth-based Scholarship Funds and the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. For more information about the Illinois PGA and the Illinois PGA Foundation, please visit www.www.ipga.com and join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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