Founded in 1983, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) is a non-profit organization that introduces Arizona’s youth to the game of golf and helps junior golfers develop golf and life skills through competitive programs and tournaments. In addition to developing programs at schools and assisting Arizona golf courses with their junior programs, the JGAA conducts more than 100 programs and activities, including etiquette clinics, tournaments, and college prep seminars throughout Arizona each year. The JGAA awards two scholarship funds annually to high school senior members of the JGAA for their college education – the Tres Arnold and the John Wolfinger Memorial College Scholarships. The JGAA’s strong belief in teamwork and cooperation continues to guide the organization and is instilled in all of its members.
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The Winter Classic teed off December 1-2 with a field featuring nearly 150 junior golfers from across the Valley – boys and girls ages 8-18 – competing in five age groups.
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) announced that junior golfers in the program signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf.
The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open – announced a $150,000 grant to the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA). The funds will be used for the JGAA’s Financial Aid program to assists its members with participation fees – no juniors are turned away due to a lack of resources.
The JGAA Fall Classic teed off November 3-4 with Mahanth Chirravuri of Chandler posting 63-69 to take top honors in the Boys Championship division at 10-under-par 132 at Lone Tree Golf Club. Chirravuri started out hot with an 8-under-par effort featuring seven birdies, one eagle and one bogey to lead by four strokes after the first round.
The inaugural Show Low Classic teed off at Silver Creek Golf Club October 13-14 with Johnnie Clark of Mesa (72-80) and Gabriel Escalera (79-73) of Sahuarita finishing regulation play tied for first place at 10-over-par 152. Escalera rallied on the final nine holes with seven pars and two birdies at Nos. 16 and 18 to overcome Clark’s seven-stroke, first-round lead forcing a playoff. Clark prevailed in extra holes.
The JGAA announced the 2018 Sportsmanship and Player of the Year Awards across five age divisions at the annual awards banquet held October 21 at Moon Valley Country Club.
The JGAA is blessed with a number of generous sponsors, one of which is Scottsdale-based OB Sports and the golf courses under its management that host JGAA tournaments. “Phoenix- and…