facilities and range balls and other benefits. (This is offered up to the age of 25 if a full time student).
CRAIG WOOD: Our rates were designed to mirror the price of a movie ticket and stand at $6 for 9-holes and $8 for 18-holes for participants of the First Tee program and $8 and $10 for those juniors not in the program. Juniors in the Birdie-Ace level can play our par three loop free and all of the juniors in our program have access to a free small bucket of balls per day. For First Tee juniors we have the advantage program. This program costs $185 and allows juniors to participate in all three seasons of youth programming, free entry to one of our major junior golf tournaments, and access to one medium bucket of balls per day.
PAUL SARGENT: And for a child not enrolled in First Tee programs, our yearly junior
membership is only $400. This allows the junior golfer unlimited play on our USGA regulation par-66 golf course.
KANDI COMER: I see more and more courses offering the opportunity for juniors to play free if they play with an adult. I am also seeing more junior memberships being offered. I try to encourage the juniors to look at the semi-private facilities in the area because there are some very reasonable memberships that includes golf plus range balls and this is huge for the junior golfers.
VGR - LASTLY, WHAT ABOUT TOURNAMENTS? IT CAN GET PRICEY FOR A FAMILY WITH SEVERAL COMPETITIVE JUNIORS.
MEREDITH LOOSSE: I believe that the junior tours in the area are a great stepping stone for the bigger events such as the
The Richmond Junior Golf Tour Since 1997
MAPGA Junior Tour and the AJGA and VSGA events. The AJGA is a much higher cost, but on the other side of it, his or her college education might be paid for because they have earned a scholarship to college.
KANDI COMER: I do feel
the VSGA junior club is very reasonable for tournaments and as they continue to expand through the state this will provide more opportunities for juniors. Unfortunately, if juniors are looking to get to the next level and if they want to play in college those tournaments where coaches recruit from are very expensive and just not affordable for a lot of kids. This is where I think the golf professional needs to step up to the plate to contact coaches and explain to them the financial situation of the player and do everything they can to get
more information to the coach. I also love the thought of the PGA Junior League and I think this will be a big hit for a lot of areas.
CRAIG WOOD: We hold several age appropriate events here at The First Tee for participants that cost under $20 to participate. I know that once a junior evolves enough to play in the two-day events, the travel and tournament registration gets costly real quick.
*We will continue our junior roundtable discussion in the next issue of Virginia Golf Report.
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Summer 2013 Tour June 20 Hanover CC June 24 Dogwood Trace July 1 First Tee of Chesterfield July 8 Richmond CC July 15 The Highlands July 22 Jefferson Lakeside CC July 30 Meadowbrook CC August 5 Sycamore Creek
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