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Utah Golf Organizations
The UJGA tournaments are great, more intense than the Jr. PGA tournaments but a great experience. For the girls they have two levels, one for average scores over 90 and one for 89 & under. The feeling of these tournaments is a little more like the State tourney, for some of the younger players these might be a bit much but for the girls that played this year they should be no problem.
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If you want to get a handicap this is the place. Once you become a UGA member you can start to track your scores. You can become a member now and enter all your scores from the High School season (Lauren probably has all the scores) so you’ll have a handicap pretty quick. If you have any aspirations of playing collegiate golf this is going to be very important, otherwise I’m not sure there is a good reason to have a handicap unless you want to play in some of the UGA, USGA or other amateur events.
Also about UGA tournaments, they sponsor events around the state, most of these are amateur tournaments. The only one of real interest is the Utah Women’s Amateur. Info for this tournament is here: http://uga.org/womens-golf/uga-womens-championship-signup-information/utah-womens-state-amateur
You must have a handicap of at least 14.9 to play. This is a 4 day tournament, the first 2 days are stroke play and there is a cut after day 2. Day 3 and 4 are matchplay. I add this here for information but my feeling is that this isn’t appropriate for most, this is a pretty intense tournament with the best amateur women in the state, it includes many college players, coaches, etc. The minimum handicap is pretty high but to come close to making the two day cut you’ll likely need to shoot at least a couple under 80 rounds.
The PGA’s Utah Jr. Golf Connection tournaments are really great, these are pretty much weekly through the summer, mostly around Salt Lake. These tournaments are organized, cheap and low pressure. All team members should play these tournaments through the summer.
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Bonneville Summer League
Nibley Summer League
Brad is an exceptionally experienced golf coach that concentrates on helping junior golfers with both swing and course management. You can schedule lessons with Brad at Bonneville or Stonebridge in West Valley.
This is a good place for winter practice on 9th South and West Temple. They typically do a special lesson/practice time package for the winter which is a pretty good deal. They have two full time teachers, Corey Badger and Tommy Sharp, also Brad is there in the winter. They also do club fitting, re-gripping and stuff. If there is enough interest in doing something over the winter I think we could work out a weekly time to go practice at a reasonable price.
Nike Golf Camps
Highly recommended. They tend to be well organized and have good teachers. These camps are good in that they offer instruction on the range for full swing and short game and on the course instruction and competition, it’s a good mix. They also offer camps across the country, including locations like Pebble Beach.
Out of State Organizations:
The only real item of interest here for junior golfers is the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur. Info for this tournament is here: http://www.usga.org/championships/us-girls-junior.html
To play in the qualifying tournament you must have a handicap of 18.4 or lower. You may not qualify for the Junior Amateur but this would be a great experience, also it’s cheap, I think it costs just $50 for the tournament and a practice round at an excellent golf course.
Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour (RMJGT)
This is a great organization putting on tournaments throughout the West.