The Junior PGA Championship, conducted by the same team who manages the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, is one of the premier junior events in the world. Begun in 1976 at Walt Disney World Resort, the Championship has been a popular stop on the national junior circuit for many of today’s PGA and LPGA touring professionals. Anyone can enter if they are no older than 18 years of age through the final round of the National Championship. The field is made up of qualifiers from the 41 PGA Section Championships and special exemptions. In 2019 both the Boys and Girls Championships will be conducted at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, CT. The Girls Championship is July 9-12 and the Boys Championship is July 30-August 2.
The Road to the Championship Begins Locally
The North Florida Junior PGA Championship is a premier junior tournament in Central and North Florida. This two-day stroke play tournament is designed to highlight the region’s top juniors. The top two overall male and female finishers will qualify for the 2019 Junior PGA Championship.
To participate in the 2019 North Florida Junior PGA Championship, all players must first qualify through one of four local qualifiers. Each local qualifier consists of 18 holes for players aged 13-18 and 9-holes for 12 and under. While not required, it is recommended that players register for their nearest qualifying location.
As most players will only be able to play in a local qualifier, the North Florida PGA focuses on making the local qualifiers special. Each player will receive a Junior PGA Championship branded player gift as well as lunch following play. Awards are presented to the top placing players for 12U, 13-15 (boys/girls), and 16-18 (boys/girls.)