PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America has announced a pair of changes as it relates to its junior golf competitions.
Beginning in 2013, all junior competitions, including the Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Hotel Fitness, and the PGA Junior Series supported by Genesis Networks, will allow approved electronic distance measuring devices.
The policy, adopted this year by other leading junior golf organizations, becomes more consistent with college golf, where rangefinders are already permitted. Some rangefinders will not be permitted in these championships. If the device is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect the player’s decision, the device would not be allowed.
In addition, all golfers who are 18 years of age and younger through the final round of those same competitions will be eligible to compete in junior competitions. Prior to 2013, only boys and girls 18 years of age and had not yet begun college, were able to participate.
“We are excited to announce these two changes as it relates to our junior competitions,” said Kerry Haigh, chief championships officer of The PGA of America. “We believe these changes will prepare many of our junior golfers for college competition as well as helping them to enjoy the game more while playing.”
The 2013 PGA Junior Series, which features seven repeat sites in a nine-state, cross-country schedule, opens May 29-31, at Mirimich in Millington, Tenn.; and concludes July 22-24, at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. This season, the PGA Junior Series celebrates its 18th season in providing affordable and competitive golf tournaments for juniors.
Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va., will host the 38th Junior PGA Championship, July 30 – Aug. 2. The Championship is one of the nation’s premier events in junior golf.