ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tiger Woods Junior? US Golf Programs for Kids

Updated on February 8, 2018

Little League World Series. Youth Soccer. Junior Championships. Kids playing and competing in sports is nothing new. Something that was new to me, however, was golf tournaments for kids. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised; parents sign their kids up for every activity imaginable, and golf is just another option.

Just like so many other youth sports, there are many ways to get involved:

  • One way is to join an established organization. The First Tee and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) offer membership. First Tee has local chapters, for example, while AJGA is a national organization only.
  • Training programs. First Tee offers training programs that are based partly on golf skills and partly on leadership and life skills.
  • Golf camps. U.S. Kids Golf offers summer camp programs to teach kids to play the game.
  • Tournaments. See below for more in-depth info on tournaments.

There are many other junior golf associations and websites than are listed in this article. I have chosen a few that are the most well-known and the easiest to find information on. If you are interested in having your child play golf, do some more research on your own to find out what would be best for your child.

U.S. Kids Golf World Championship location (image source: www.uskidsgolf.com)
U.S. Kids Golf World Championship location (image source: www.uskidsgolf.com)

Why Should a Child Play Golf?

The website description of The First Tee organization gives persuasive and succinct reasons for children to choose the game of golf over other sports.

First, golf is a game with no officials to yell foul or call a breach of the rules. Some children enjoy the game play in sports but not the restrictiveness of the rules.

In golf, only the individual participants know if the score that was written down is the score that was actually earned. (Admittedly, this could work as an advantage or as a disadvantage.)

Golf, as described by First Tee, is a game "with a rich history and timeless traditions that invites respect for the old and wonderment of the new." But more importantly for the kids, golf is fun to play. Perfection is never achieved but nor is it expected; the opportunities for improvement and success are endless.

Golf is a game where the amateur, the beginner, can play a competitive match, as can the seasoned expert. Young children can play with each other, or they can play with older players. The game can appropriately be played by the young and old together, but only, as the website suggests, "if they have a place to learn and play the game at all."

Most importantly, in my opinion, is that golf can be played non-competitively as well as competitively. Some sports, such as football, simply cannot be played without the element of competition. If a child just wants to play a sport without having to defeat someone to succeed, golf provides that experience.

Children's golf (image source: www.brightsidegolfacademy.com)
Children's golf (image source: www.brightsidegolfacademy.com)

What Kinds of Competitions and Tournaments Are There?

If a child golfer is more of the competitive type, there are numerous options to compete against fellow child golfers. U.S. Kids Golf offers tournaments at many levels. U.S. Kids Golf offers local tours, regional championships, a European championship, a world championship, and a teen world championship. To be eligible for the championships, U.S. Kids Golf requires kids to participate in World Championship Qualifiers, one-day events that they must attend and prove themselves worthy of the tournaments. The local tours are in the following locations:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Auburn, Alabama
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Boca Raton, Florida
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Western North Carolina

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is geared toward helping students earn golf scholarships for college, so naturally they also hold tournaments, many of them. AJGA uses "performance-based entry" rather than applications and resum├ęs. The age group for these tournaments is 12-18 years, and members can gain entry into AJGA Open tournaments based on performances at the national, regional and state levels.

There is a PGA Junior Championship, as well, in which children and teens under age 19 and not in college can qualify through their local PGA sections, the PGA Junior Series, selected national junior golf events, Junior Golf Scoreboard, national rankings, and past PGA Championship winners.

And, Of Course, the Products...

Where would a sports industry be without money to spend and products to market? Of course there are golf products specifically for kids. Just a smattering includes:

  • Golf clubs for kids (various sizes and weights)
  • Golf bags (all kinds of colors and decorations)
  • Golf toys
  • Golf clothes (sized for children)
  • Golf hats
  • Golf balls (both practice and real)
  • Golf books (instructional and fictional)

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Steve Elliot 

      6 years ago

      The above woman is what is wrong with youth golf...Parents pushing kids with average ability, to think they are some sort of prodigy.

      Funny, when they brag,,there is an issue.

    • profile image

      Wendy Castaldi 

      7 years ago

      My daughter, Brianna Castaldi, just turned 6 Nov 2010 & started playing March 2010. Her 1st tourney was June 2010. To date she has 25 trophies, all 1st & 2nd place & 2 3rd place (1 from playing in a 9&U div)She plays on the US Kids tour & a few oher tours as well. She just had an article written about her in the Palm Beach Post. She is an Amazing golfer with a Beautiful swing & a Fantastic chipping & putting game. She has earned the nickname "The Specialist" because of her unbelievable ability to get out of bunkers. Now we are told that she is a very rare breed, but if you are thinking about having your child play golf, I HIGHLY recommend it !! It teaches them patience, honesty, etc. & most of all, it's FUN !! Must make sure they have FUN no matter what !!!

    • profile image

      Sean Elliot  

      8 years ago

      This sounds great. Kids being active is the best thing for them!

    • David Braham profile image

      David Braham 

      9 years ago from New York

      I have always been an advocate of starting kids early on the game of golf. Agreed, not every child is going to have the skill or desire of Tiger Woods. Still, the skilled learned and the time spent outdoors (many instances with a parent) make it worthwhile.

    • profile image

      pay per affiliate 

      9 years ago

      nice info. Quite informative. Thanks

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)