Saturday, February 17, 2007

2007 STPGA Junior Programs Gearing Up

The Southern Texas PGA's 2007 Junior Tour and Little Linksters programs are now open for online registration via the STPGA Web site.

Both programs run throughout the STPGA coverage area in south and southeast Texas, with seven cities serving as hubs for local/regional administration: Austin, Beaumont, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. This is the first year that the Bryan/College Station area has been included.

The scoop from the STPGA:

STPGA Little Linksters
The Southern Texas PGA Academy Sports & Outdoors 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 Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters program is open to all juniors ages 7-12 as of August 7, 2007. All members must establish tournament eligibility by successfully completing an STPGA Instructional Clinic, Approved Clinic or Advanced Clinic.

The membership fee for the STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters program is $65— clinic fees vary, depending upon type and location. Individual tournament entry fees are $15 to $17, depending upon the “area” in which they are held.

Competition in STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters tournaments is broken into eight age and skill divisions. Every Little Linksters event features awards for the top competitors in each division.

In addition to instruction and tournament eligibility, all Little Linksters members receive a $10 Academy Sports & Outdoors gift card, a USGA Rules of Golf Book, a STPGA Junior Golf Cap and Bag Tag and free admittance to the 2007 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio and to the 2008 Shell Houston Open upon presentation of their STPGA Junior Golf bag tag, and on-line statistical analysis.

Full details regarding the STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters are available in the Little Linksters handbook, which may be downloaded from the “Junior Golf & Scholarships” page of the STPGA web site (www.stpga.com).

STPGA Junior Tour
The Southern Texas PGA Academy Sports & Outdoors 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 9, 2007. 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 10, 2007.

STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour members are eligible for all Junior Tour events and receive a $10 Academy Sports & Outdoors gift card, a USGA Rules of Golf Book, a STPGA Junior Golf Cap and Bag Tag, a USGA GHIN handicap, free admittance to the 2007 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio and to the 2008 Shell Houston Open upon presentation of their STPGA Junior Tour bag tag, and on-line statistical analysis and scoring.

Every STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors 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 Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour is $65. Entry fees for individual tournaments range from $15 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, the STPGA Little Linksters program, the 2006 Summer Central Texas Junior Golf League, or the Texas Legends Junior Tour, must successfully complete a STPGA Skills Test to establish tournament eligibility— the fee for the Skills Test is $25.

Full details regarding the STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour are available in the Junior Tour handbook. The handbook may be downloaded from the “Junior Golf & Scholarships” page of the STPGA web site (www.stpga.com).

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