BREC’s golf department is bringing the PGA Junior League Program, golf’s version of Little League, to the Baton Rouge area, BREC officials said.
BREC will host the following Junior League information and registration meetings: from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 7 at Webb Memorial Golf Course, and April 9 at City Park Golf Course, a news release said.
The Junior Golf League program includes junior boys and girls, ages 13 and under. BREC’s leagues will consist of four to six teams with eight to 11 players per team.
Team competitions square off in a series of nine-hole matches. The matches are then broken down into three-hole “flags,” played in a scramble format, the release said.
BREC will refine the traditional PGA league format by having two divisions: a developmental league for newer players, and a more advanced league, known as the competitive division, comprised of more experienced players. The advanced league will utilize both scramble and best ball formats in their matches.
Competitive league play begins May 28, with developmental league play following on June 2. The season runs through mid-July when both teams play in local championships. State and regional competition will occur between all-star teams from various Louisiana cities, with the possibility of BREC’s team qualifying for the national championship in the fall.
PGA professional Jack Terry, BREC’s player development manager, will coordinate and supervise the league.
Teams will wear uniforms with numbers, hold practices like other team sports and participate in scheduled matches. Teams play from designated tees based on their skill level. Just as in other junior team sports, Junior League golfers will be coached by volunteer parents, and onlookers are invited to attend.
For information, call Terry at (225) 272-9200, ext. 366, or visit golf.brec.org.