Both programs operate throughout southern Texas and each is administered in six areas: Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.
Here are the details from the STPGA:
STPGA Little Linksters
The Southern Texas PGA Little Linksters program is for junior golfers between the ages of 7 and 12 and of any skill level.
Little Linksters is an instructional-based program targeting the Rules of Golf, golf etiquette, the basic fundamentals of putting, chipping, the full swing and on-course play. Little Linksters are also given the opportunity to play in professionally-organized tournaments.
The STPGA Little Linksters program is open to all juniors ages 7-12 as of August 8, 2006. All members must establish tournament eligibility by successfully completing an STPGA Instructional Clinic, Approved Clinic or Advanced Clinic.
The membership fee for the STPGA Little Linksters program is $65— clinic fees vary, depending upon type and location. Individual tournament entry fees are $17.00.
Competition in STPGA Little Linksters tournaments is broken into eight age and skill divisions. Every STPGA Little Linksters event features awards for the top competitors in each division. In addition to instruction and tournament eligibility, all STPGA Little Linksters members receive a USGA Rules of Golf Book, a STPGA Junior Golf Cap and Bag Tag and free admittance to the 2006 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio and to the 2007 Shell Houston Open upon presentation of their STPGA Junior Golf bag tag, and on-line statistical analysis.
Full details regarding the STPGA Little Linksters are available in the STPGA Little Linksters handbook, which may be downloaded from the Juniors page of the STPGA web site (www.stpga.com).
STPGA Junior Tour
The Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour consists of competitive one- and two-day weekly tournaments throughout June and July. It is open to STPGA Junior members who are ages 12 to 18 as of August 8, 2006. Juniors who are 18 are eligible
provided they have not attended a regular semester of college and do not reach their 19th birthday prior to August 9, 2006.
STPGA Junior Tour members are eligible for all STPGA Junior Tour events and receive a USGA Rules of Golf Book, a STPGA Junior Golf Cap and Bag Tag, a USGA GHIN handicap, free admittance to the 2006 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio and to the 2007 Shell Houston Open upon presentation of their STPGA Junior Tour bag tag, and on-line statistical analysis and scoring.
Every STPGA Junior Tour event features awards for the top competitors in each division. Competition is broken into five age and/or gender divisions at each tournament.
The membership fee for the STPGA Junior Tour is $65. Entry fees for individual tournaments range from $25 to $65, depending upon area and length of tournament (18 or 36 holes).
All first-year members, unless exempt due to participation in the HGA Junior Golf Program or the STPGA Little Linksters program, must successfully complete a STPGA Junior Tour Skills Test to establish tournament eligibility— the fee for the Skills Test is $25.
Full details regarding the STPGA Junior Tour are available in the STPGA Junior Tour handbook. The handbook may be downloaded from the Juniors page of the STPGA web site (www.stpga.com).