Registration for the Long Beach Youth Golf League begins on February 15th. The regular season of PGA Jr. League play occurs between April 1 and July 31. For those players that advance to the Post-Season of PGA Jr. League play, those games will begin in August.
Our league is made up of 4 teams consisting of 8-12 players. During the course of the regular season, each team will play games against each team in our league over a 9 week season.
A game played between two teams consists of four matches that are played by at least two players from each team against each other. The winner of the game is determined by the total number of points won within all matches.
We play a scramble format that encourages teamwork and problem solving. Its nurturing nature creates a fun environment where the negative effect of performance errors is minimized. Each player will tee off at the beginning of each hole. The team then selects their best shot of the two and then each player plays again from the spot of the selected shot. Repeat this process until the ball is in the hole. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.
A match consists of two teammates (or three, with a substitute) competing against a similar grouping from an opposing team in a fun, nurturing scramble format. The match lasts for nine holes and is broken up into three 3-hole segments called "flags".
Flags are 3-hole segments of each match. Since each match is played over the course of 9 holes, there are three flags per match. Whichever team wins the most holes within each flag (i.e. 3 holes-to-0 or 2 holes-to-1 hole), wins the corresponding flag.
Each flag won by a team is worth one point. Each tied flag won by the team is worth a half point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Since there are four matches in each game, and each match is played for a maximum of three points, there are a maximum of 12 points total in each game.
Due to the PGA Jr. League format, every player on the team is encouraged to participate. While each match is only actively played by two players from each team at any given time, the teams’ coach may substitute a player into the match at the start of any flag.
When the player is not one of the two active players in his or her team's match, they can still play an integral role in the success of their team by reading putts, discussing strategy, tending the flag stick and aiding pace-of-play. At no time does a substitute ever feel left out of the team's efforts!
The Long Beach Youth Golf League is captained by a PGA Professional! Having a golf professional to assist us, we are uniquely positioned to create an inviting and welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game of golf. Our PGA Captain also has the on course and administrative assistance of a league captain, team coaches, and parent volunteers to assist with League business.
Friends, family and spectators are encouraged to attend and watch - but not participate or aide - each game!