The mission of the PGA Junior Series is to provide
affordable and competitive playing opportunities for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 throughout the country.
PGA of America
100 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
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PGA Junior Series - Junior PGA Championship - Junior Ryder Cup
100 Avenue of the Champions|
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
|Kristen Kettner - Junior Golf Coordinator|
Kristen was born in Orlando, FL in October of 1989 and raised in the Melbourne, FL area. She attended Melbourne High School, graduating with honors and 75+ hours of community service. While in school, Kristenís father encouraged his daughters to take up his pastime of golfing, by joining their family at a local Country Club, Malabar Country Club, and getting them golf clubs and lessons. At this age, Kristen was more interested in hitting the ball picker at the driving range than playing the game, but he instilled in her an accurate shot and a passion for the sport.
Recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Marketing, Kristen joined PGA as the Junior Golf Coordinator. Residing in Jupiter, FL, she is excited to reestablish her golf game and be part of the PGA team.
|Mike Schanne, Jr. - Championship Manager|
Mike was born in Barrington, Ill., in July of 1977. In 1984, Mikeís family moved back to the Philadelphia area and settled in Newtown Square, Pa., where Mike attended St. John Neumann Grade School and then Archbishop John Carroll High School. While at Archbishop Carroll, Mikeís Golf Team won two Catholic League Golf Championships.
Mike attended the University of Rhode Island where he was a four-year letterman for the Rams golf team and graduated with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
While at URI, Mike completed a P.J. Boatwright internship with the Golf Association of Philadelphia and in 2000 was hired as a full-time staff member. In 2001, he changed associations, working for the Pennsylvania Golf Association until joining the PGA of America staff in 2007.
|Chris Childers, PGA - Junior Golf Manager|
Chris was born in October of 1968 in Tulsa, Okla., and moved to Shawnee and later Edmond when he was a youngster. His dad got him started in golf in Shawnee at age 8 by enticing him to come ride on his one-man yellow golf cart and buying him some cool purple golf shoes. When he moved to Edmond, he was guided in his junior golf career by the up-and-coming legendary golf coach, Mike McGraw, who now coaches the menís team at Oklahoma State University. Mike McGraw has continued to provide valuable advice and guidance to Chris some 30 years later as a coach and junior golf/life mentor.
Chris was an all-conference, all regional and all-state golfer in Edmond, while working at Oak Tree Golf Club, the home course at the time of eight PGA Tour Professionals. After finishing high school in 1987, he played college golf and earned a Marketing/ PGA Golf Management degree at New Mexico State University in 1992. Upon graduation he went to work as a PGA assistant professional at The Northwood Club in Dallas, Texas and then on to Northern Texas PGA Section office where he ran the largest competitive PGA section junior golf competition program in the country.
Chris moved to The PGA of Americaís national office in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. in 1996 to start the PGA Junior Series. Within a short time he added responsibilities with the Junior PGA Championship and Junior Ryder Cup as well. To date, he has operated events in 42 states and the United Kingdom, experiencing a variety of golf course, weather and time zone conditions around the country and overseas at public, private, resort, daily fee and university facilities. Chris takes great pride in providing cost effective national exposure to boys and girls ages 13-18 with the various levels of PGA junior competition programming.
|Ryan Cancino - New Mexico State, PGA Golf Management Intern|
Ryan was born in October of 1986 in Denver, Co. He was introduced to golf at a late age, but little did he know the passion he would develop for the game of golf. By the age of 18, he moved to Phoenix, AZ to pursue his dream of making it in the golf industry. Ryan attended the Golf Academy of America, where he graduated with an Associates Degree in Golf Complex Management, as well as received certifications in tournament operations and club fitting.
Since his dream was to become a PGA Professional, Ryan decided to attend New Mexico State University to earn a Marketing/PGA Golf Management Degree. In the Spring of 2013, all of his hard work will pay off. He will be eligible for Membership with the PGA of America and is excited to start playing in some PGA Section events.
Ryan is proud to have worked as an assistant golf professional at various facilities in the Southwest. He has worked in the Sun Country and Colorado Sectionís of the PGA, as well as preformed some volunteer work with the First Tee of Northern California. This will be his second summer traveling with the PGA Junior Series, and he is excited to work with the upcoming facilities to challenge the best junior golfers around the country and to create a competitive tournament atmosphere to help junior golferís make the transition to college golf.
|Laura Gritz - UCCS, PGA Golf Management Intern|
Laura was born in 1992 in Denver, Colorado, where she grew up and attended Rock Canyon High School. Her dad taught her to play golf in 6th grade, and she continued to compete on the Girls Golf Team throughout school. She played in the State Championship three years and was awarded First-Team All Continental Conference for golf her senior year. After graduation in 2010, Laura attended Colorado State University her freshman year. The summer before and after attending CSU she worked Outside Services at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado, which inspired her to transfer to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for the PGA Golf Management Program her sophomore year.
At UCCS Laura became involved in the Student Society Executive Board by becoming Class Representative and helping plan the Awards Banquet at the end of the school year. For her first internship she spent the summer at Promontory Golf Club in Park City, Utah. Upon returning, she took up the position of Tournament Director and became an Officer on the Executive Board.
|Jacques LeBlanc, Jr. - Sam Houston State, PGA Golf Management Intern|
Jacques was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in December, 1991. At the age of 12 Jacques and his family were relocated abroad to Aberdeen, Scotland. In Scotland, Jacques attended and played golf for the International School of Aberdeen and was part of 3 International School Sports Association Championship golf teams. Jacques also represented his home golf course of Hazelhead Golf Club in Junior Scottish Golf Union tournaments around the Nation. After living in Scotland for over 4 years, Jacques and his family moved to Katy, Texas at the age of 16. In Katy, Jacques graduated from Seven Lakes High School where he lettered his Junior and Senior year in Golf.
Jacques is now a student in the PGA-Golf Management Program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Jacques has previously interned at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas and Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, North Carolina. Jacques looks forward to spreading his passion for golf to others by interning for the PGA Junior Series this coming summer.
|Zachary Peck - New Mexico State, PGA Golf Management Intern|
Zach was born in Denver, CO in February of 1992. He graduated from Ralston Valley High School in 2010, after playing three years on the varsity golf team.
Zach is currently attending New Mexico State University, pursing a degree in PGA Golf Management.
During his second internship at Medinah Country Club, Zach worked the practice facility for both Team Europe and Team USA during the 2012 Ryder Cup.
|Justin Watkins - UCO, PGA Golf Management Intern|
Justin was born in Oklahoma City, OK in Feb. of 1989. He graduated from Putnam City High School in 2007, where he played on the varsity golf team all four years and was a two-time individual 6A State Qualifier.
Justin then attended Lincoln University of Missouri from Fall 2007 to Fall 2009, where he played on the golf team. Justin was the 2009 Lewis Mixed Fall Classic Champion and part of the Two-time PGA National Minority Collegiate Golf Championship Division II team runner-up.
Since Spring 2010, Justin has been attending the University of Central Oklahoma and majoring in Professional Golf Management. He is a 3-time PGA Jones Cup participant, the 2-time UCO PGM Broncho Player of the Year and the 2012 PGA National Minority Collegiate Golf Championship Individual Champion.
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