Junior PGA Championship

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2019 Southwest Junior PGA Championship (must qualify)

The Southwest Junior PGA Championship is the SWPGA’s premiere event for Junior Golfers. In addition to boasting a field comprised of Arizona and Southern Nevada’s finest juniors, the event offers the opportunity to advance to the National Junior PGA Championship - an event won by top PGA and LPGA professionals such as Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Lexi Thompson, and In-Bee Park. To be compete in the Southwest Junior PGA Championship, you must participate in one of the nine (9) qualifying sites throughout the Southwest PGA (see schedule below) or meet one of the exemption criteria (see below).

  • Date: June 20-21
  • Location: Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
  • Format: A stroke play competition based on the lowest gross scores. The age divisions are:
    • 12 & Under (18 holes total, 9 holes each day)
    • 13-14 (36 holes total, 18 holes each day)
    • 15-18 (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 July 31, 2019 and who have not attended college.
  • Entry fee - $100 ($75 for 12 & under)
  • Defending Champions:  Toni St. John (Girls), Gavin Aurilia (Boys)

CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION
(For Exempt or Qualifiers)

How to Qualify

There will be nine (9) local qualifiers (listed below) for the Southwest Junior PGA Championship at Camelback Golf Club, June 20-21, 2019. From each local qualifier, a percentage of players from each age group (11-12, 13-14 & 15-18) will qualify into the championship event.  This percentage is based upon field size.

Qualifying Schedule

DATE FACILITY LOCATION START  
Jun 5 El Rio Golf Course Tucson, AZ 8:00AM Register
Jun 5 Boulder Creek Golf Club Boulder City, NV 10:00AM Register
Jun 10 Arrowhead Country Club Glendale, AZ 8:00AM Register
Jun 10 El Rio Golf Club Mohave Valley, AZ 7:00AM Register
Jun 10 Talking Stick Golf Club Scottsdale, AZ 8:00AM Register
Jun 10 Oakcreek Country Club Sedona, AZ 12:00PM Register
Jun 10 Ocotillo Golf Resort Chandler, AZ 9:00AM Register
Jun 10 Longbow Golf Club Mesa, AZ 8:00AM Register
Jun 10 Yuma Golf & Country Club Yuma, AZ 7:00AM Register

Exemptions

Players exempt into the Southwest Junior PGA Championship must register by May 29, 2019 to use their exemption and avoid qualifying. If you have earned an invitation based upon the criteria below, but are not on the exempt list, please email sferris@pgahq.com, or call Sean Ferris (480) 443-9002 x113.

Exemption Criteria

Juniors meeting any of the requirements below are exempt into the Southwest Junior PGA Championship at Camelback Golf Club, June 20-21, 2019:

2018 Southwest Junior PGA Championship
Boys Top 10 Overall & Girls Top 10 Overall

2018 JGAA State Junior Championship
Boys Top 10 Overall & Girls Top 10 Overall

2018 SWPGA Antigua Junior Prep Tour Championship
Boys 15-18 Top 5 & Girls 15-18 Top 5
Boys 13-14 Top 3 & Girls 13-14 Top 3

2019 SNJGA Junior World Qualifier
Boys 15-18 Top 5 & Girls 15-18 Top 5
Boys 13-14 Top 3 & Girls 13-14 Top 3

Field Size Limit

The 2019 Southwest Junior PGA Championship field size will be limited to first in status within each age division. We will accept a maximum number of players within each division below (based on historical participation) with the SWPGA reserving the right to add extra players within age divisions at their discretion.

Division            Boys     Girls
12 & Under        12         6
13-14                24         12
15-18                48         24

Junior PGA Championship Info

The Boys Overall Champion and the Girls Overall Champion from the 2019 Southwest Junior PGA Championship will advance to the National Junior PGA Championship.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the deadline to register for the Southwest qualifying event?
    • Registrations are only accepted until five (5) days prior to the qualifier.
  • Can my child play in the Southwest Junior PGA Championship without advancing through a qualifying event?
  • Can my child play in the National Championship without playing the Southwest Junior PGA Championship?
  • When and where are the Junior PGA Championships being held?

About the Junior PGA Championshp

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:

Sean Ferris
Southwest PGA
Youth Golf Director
sferris@pgahq.com
(480) 443-9002 ext. 113
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