junior pga championships

Junior PGA Championships

2024 Southwest PGA Junior Championship

  • Date: June 11-12, 2024
  • Location: Talking Stick Golf Club - O'odham Course
  • Format: A stroke play competition based on the lowest gross scores. The age division is:
    • Overall - 13-18, (36 holes total, 18 holes each day)
  • Eligibility: The field will be comprised of players meeting the following criteria that have not reached their 19th birthday by August 2, 2024 and who have not attended college.
  • Entry fee: $175 Member, $195 Non-Member
  • Defending Champions:  Owen Bolles - Chandler, AZ (Boys), Brynn Kort - Henderson, NV (Girls)
  • Exemption Criteria
    • 2023 Southwest PGA Junior Championship
      • Boys Top 10 Overall
      • Girls Top 10 Overall
    • 2023 JGAA State Junior Championship
      • Boys Top 10 Overall
      • Girls Top 10 Overall
    • 2023 Southwest PGA Junior Prep Tour
      • Boys 15-18 Top 5
      • Girls 15-18 Top 5
      • Boys 13-14 Top 3
      • Girls 13-14 Top 3
    • 2024 JGAA Warren Schutte Invitational
      • Boys Top 5 Overall
      • Girls Top 5 Overall
    • 2024 JGAA Fisher Bryan Invitational
      • Boys Top 5 Overall
      • Girls Top 5 Overall
    • 2024 JGAA Thunderbird Invitational
      • Boys Top 5 Overall
      • Girls Top 5 Overall
    • 2024 JGAA Bryce Molder Invitational
      • Boys Top 5 Overall
      • Girls Top 5 Overall
    • 2024 JGAA OPEN Events Top 5 Boys & Girls
      • New Years Classic
      • Phoenix Metro
      • Desert Mashie
      • Tucson Spring Championship
    • 2024 SNJGA Junior World Qualifier
      • Boys 15-18 Top 5
      • Girls 15-18 Top 5
      • Boys 13-14 Top 3
      • Girls 13-14 Top 3
  • Southwest PGA Junior Championship Qualifiers
    • This is a closed event - all players must be exempt or qualify at one of our 6 local Prep Tour qualifiers
    • From each local qualifier, a percentage of players from each age group (13-14, & 15-18) will qualify into the championship event. This percentage is based upon field size and number of spots available.
    • Qualifying dates/sites for the SWPGA Junior Championship will be published and opened for registration by March 1, 2024. There will be 6 qualifiers taking place. Juniors may only register for one (1) Week 1 Prep Tour event.
      • May 29 - Painted Mountain - Mesa, AZ
      • May 29 - Antelope Hills Golf Course - Prescott, AZ
      • May 29 - Boulder Creek Golf Club - Boulder City, NV
      • May 29 - Yuma Golf & Country Club - Yuma, AZ
      • May 29 - Oro Valley Country Club - Tucson, AZ
      • May 30 - Camelback Golf Club - Scottsdale, AZ
    • Click here for the Southwest PGA Junior Prep Tour calendar

2024 Junior PGA National Championship

  • 48th Boys Junior PGA Championship
    • Date: July 30-August 2, 2024
    • Location: Congressional Country Club - Bethesda, Maryland
  • 48th Girls Junior PGA Championship
    • Date: July 30-August 2, 2024
    • Location: Congressional Country Club - Bethesda, Maryland
  • For more information on the Junior PGA Championships, please visit their website here.

About the Junior PGA Championship

A history of showcasing tomorrow’s stars one of golf’s major championships for juniors, the Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start.

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.

The Junior PGA Championship moved to Callaway Gardens in Mountain View, Ga., in 1978, and two years later was contested at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., which would eventually host 19 Championships over the next two decades.

The Championship also visited Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., in 1988 and Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort & Country Club in 1993. The Championship returned to PGA National Golf Club in 1994 and remained at the site until 2001.

In 2009, Lexi Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., captured her second Junior PGA Championship, cruising to a 12-stroke triumph, one stroke off the all-time record, set by Debbie Hall in 1977. The 14-year-old Thompson, who was already competing in her fourth Junior PGA Championship, has finished in the top-3 in each of her last three Junior PGA Championships. In 2007, the 12-year-old Thompson became the youngest champion in the history of the storied Championship.

With his win at the 2008 Masters, Trevor Immelman became just the second boys’ division winner of the Junior PGA Championship to also win a major championship. In addition, Immelman (1996, from South Africa) became the second to achieve PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors.

Also, with her victory at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open, Inbee Park of Henderson, Nev. / South Korea, became the third girls’ division winner of the Junior PGA Championship to also earn a major championship, joining Cristie Kerr of Scottsdale, Ariz., winner of the 1995 Junior PGA Championship and the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open; and Grace Park of Scottsdale, winner of the 1996 Junior PGA Championship and the 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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. Four LPGA Rookie of the Year honors have come from the Junior PGA Girls Champion or runner-up positions: 1985 Penny Hammel (1978 Champion); 1991 Brandi Burton (1988 Champion); 2000 Dorothy Delasin (1998 runner-up); and 2002 Beth Bauer (1997 Champion).
In 2002, former Junior PGA Champion Ty Tryon of Orlando, Fla., became the youngest player (age 17) to earn a PGA Tour fully exempt playing card.

Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Billy Andrade, Kathy Baker, Brandie Burton, Stewart Cink, Chris Couch, Jim Gallagher Jr., Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Billy Mayfair, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Grace Park, InBee Park, Dottie Pepper, Stacy Prammanasudh, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Lexi Thompson, Scott Verplank, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

Starting in 2017 the Junior PGA Championship has been split into two separate championships, the Girls Junior PGA Championship and the Boys Junior PGA Championship.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Hannah Kolesar
Southwest PGA
Director of Junior Golf Operations
O: 480.443.9002 x 113