The PGA of America was founded in 1916 in New York City to promote the game of golf and enhance the careers of golf professionals. Since that time, The PGA of America has grown into the world's largest working sports organization with a staff of 160 people daily servicing the needs of more than 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals.
The mission of the PGA Junior Series and Junior PGA Championship is to promote the enjoyment of golf by junior golfers through affordable and competitive playing opportunities in professionally supervised events organized by The PGA of America and supported by PGA Professionals.
The PGA Junior Series
The 20th annual PGA Junior Series continues to provide global and national exposure for each of the 156+ player fields. Each event is Nationally Ranked in the Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index and the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Approximately one-half of the participants in each field are from the host-state and one-half are from outside the host-state. The boy's 15-18 winner and overall girl's champion will earn exemptions into the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas on August 3-6, 2015.
Since its establishment in 1996, the PGA Junior Series has conducted 198 events in 41 states. Boys and girls ages 12-18 have participated from six continents, 24 countries and all 50 states with an average participation rate of 20 states per event. The Series is conducted from coast to coast across the U.S. from May to August.
Junior PGA Championship
One of golf's major championships for juniors, the Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start. The Championship celebrates its 40th anniversary in August 2015. Begun in 1976, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., the Championship has been a popular stop on the national junior circuit for many of today's PGA and LPGA touring professionals.
Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Billy Andrade, Kathy Baker, Brandie Burton, Stewart Cink, Chris Couch, Rick Fehr, Jim Gallagher Jr., Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Billy Mayfair, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O'Hair, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Stacy Prammanasudh, Scott Verplank, Willie Wood and Tiger Woods.
In 2006, former Junior PGA Champion Trevor Immelman (1996, from South Africa) became the second to achieve PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors and in 2008 Masters Champion. In 2005, former Junior PGA Champion Sean O'Hair (1998) and former PGA Junior Series winner (1996) became the first ever to achieve PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors.
Junior Ryder Cup
The Junior Ryder Cup began in 1995 as an exhibition match with the vision of encouraging friendship, exchanging cultures and enhancing the enjoyment of golf. Since its actual official inception in 1997, the series is tied 3-3-1. For the first time in Junior Ryder Cup history, the biannual matches were halved in 2006 with a 6-6 final total at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. In September 2008 at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky. the United States team dominated the European team 22-2.
The 2014 Junior PGA Championship and U.S. Junior Amateur will have a little more meaning with the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup on the horizon. The PGA of America announced on Wednesday a selection process for the American team, which will face off with Europe Sept. 22-23 in Perthshire, Scotland at Blairgowrie Golf Club.
The team, which will consist of six boys and six girls, will be selected through the following process:
The first- and second-place finishers from the Junior PGA Championship for both boys and girls will earn selections.
The 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion and the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior Champion will earn selections.
The leading boy and girl in the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup final point standings will earn selections. Those nominees will be announced on Aug. 1.
The final four spots will be captains' picks. The American captain is PGA Past President Brian Whitcomb. Those selections will be announced on Aug. 12.
The U.S. team will be playing for its fourth-straight win this year. The tournament will be played in a format of foursomes, mixed four-ball and singles competition.