Player Road map
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The Sun Country Junior Golf Road Map will help you create and maintain the goals you have within the game of golf. The road map shows the opportunities golfers in New Mexico – West Texas can access at specific stages to meet their goals.
This Road Map is designed to help you identify the right fit for you as a player or as a parent of a junior golfer, with the programs provided across the Sun Country. We hope that this provides insight into how to get started in the game of golf. If you have any question about the Road Map please feel free to call the office for more information.
Let’s Get Started
Getting started with the game of golf can be hard at first. Finding the right equipment, the right teacher and the right place to play can be very discouraging if you do not know where to look. At this stage of the golfers career you should find that your golfer is more excited about the physical activity and comradery with the other players. They will also begin to develop the fundamental skills and be introduced to the rules and etiquette of the game of golf.
The programs below will provide a great starting opportunity in to the game of golf.
The First Tee National Schools Program
The Sun Country Junior Golf Foundation in collaboration with the Sun Country Section PGA, Sun Country Amateur Golf Association, and New Mexico and El Paso school districts, are continually working to introduce school age children across the region to the game of golf and the valuable life skills it teaches.
In conjunction with the physical education teachers at the schools, PGA professionals work towards providing a curriculum that will work best for their environment. During the program instructors will go over safety, how to swing, rules and finally will take a trip to a golf facility so that the kids can have a full golf experience. The program participants will learn about sportsmanship, confidence, honesty, integrity and responsibility which will help prepare them for life ahead.Learn More
First Tee Programs
The mission of the First Tee Program is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Through after-school and in-school programs, they help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.Learn More
During the Let’s Play stop on the RoadMap, players should be converting their fundamental skills into competitive skills. At this time players will want to start playing in a more competitive atmosphere and test their competitive skills against the skills of other players.
The programs listed below were created to bring enjoyment and fun to a more competitive space in golf. If a player goes from the fundamentals to higher level competitions right away there will be an increased likelihood of unhappiness and burnout.
PGA Junior League Golf
PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 13 and under, to learn and enjoy the game of golf from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Like many other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends.
Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course.
For more information on a PGA Junior League team in your area please contact the Sun Country Golf House.Learn More
Drive Chip and Putt
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.
Participants, ages 7-15, who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which are conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Master Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.
2020 Sun Country Qualifiers
Youth on Course
Golf teaches important social, mental, and physical skills and each round is filled with learning potential. Providing youth with access to affordable golf is the core of what Youth on Course does. Youth on Course members play golf at hundreds of participating courses for $5 or less.
There are two ways to sign up and become a Youth on Course member. First, if you register to become a Sun Country Junior Tour member, you will automatically become a Youth on Course member as an included benefit of the Sun Country Junior Tour membership. Second, if you are not a Sun Country Junior Tour member but would like to be a Youth on Course member, you will need register through the Youth on Course website.
Sun Country Participating Courses
In the Let’s Compete stop on the RoadMap, players begin to commit their training to becoming a more competitive golfer. This is where the potential for college golf could start to develop. Players will start competing in higher level competitions which will take significant time and training to develop their game.
The programs below provide opportunities locally and nationally to play in competitive tournaments and test your skills against other players.
Sun Country Junior Tour
The Sun Country Junior Tour is a developmental golf tour for junior golfers 7-18 years old. Courses throughout New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, will host a series of 35-40 tournaments during the months of June, July and August.
The Junior Tour is not intended for juniors who are seeking lessons; it is a developmental tournament series. Members must have sufficient ability and knowledge of the rules to participate at the tournament level. However, they do not have to be “elite” players. Any junior who plays golf recreationally can join the tour.
USGA U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Championship
In 1948, the USGA inaugurated the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, for players under the age of 18, to determine the best junior golfer in the United States. In 2016, the USGA made a significant change to the age limit of the U.S. Junior and U.S Girls Junior Amateur Championships to allow anyone under the age of 19 to compete starting with the 2017 championship.
The New Mexico Activities Association was formed in 1921 as a private/non-profit organization whose principle purpose is the regulation, direction, administration and supervision of interscholastic activities in the State of New Mexico. The NMAA prides itself in its leadership, providing educational and social experiences for the students and communities of New Mexico. The NMAA has taken a leadership role nationally in several areas, including sportsmanship, media relations, coaches preparation, corporate development and interscholastic activities.
Let’s Live is the final stop on the Road Map. Here the player moves into a different stage of the game. At this point the player may continue on to play at the collegiate level or may become a recreational golfer. Collegiate players may continue to play in USGA Championships and pursue a professional career in golf through the PGA of America. For the recreational players, there are options to play at a competitive level locally through your state and regional golf association. With either path the player could take, there are multiple opportunities to continue with the game of golf.
Sun Country Amateur Golf Association
The Sun Country Amateur Golf Association’s purpose is to promote mutual trust and friendly relationships among members by encouraging and promoting successful golf operations; by aiding courses and clubs, developing educational programs, conducting tournaments, arranging tournament dates among golf clubs, providing a handicap system for members and by cooperating with other golf associations in the region.
Sun Country PGA
The mission of the Sun Country Section PGA is to promote participation and enjoyment in the game of golf for all levels of golfers, and contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry within the Section.
Professional Golf Management
The PGA Golf Management University Program, a 4.5 to 5 year college curriculum for aspiring PGA Professionals, is offered at PGA accredited universities nationwide. The program provides students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the golf industry through extensive classroom studies and internship experience. When you graduate, in addition to your college degree, you become a PGA member with 100 percent job placement.