Team Golf, Mid-Summer Review

ATLANTIS, Fla. – The summer season of Team Golf is rapidly moving along, with just three weeks remaining on the schedule.  Close to 25 tournaments will be conducted before the season ends and there is still plenty for teams and players to look forward to.

This is the third year for Team Golf in south Florida and the new schedule began on June 16th at TPC Eagle Trace.  Since then, 40 tournaments have been held in nine different leagues with roughly 600 junior golfers involved in the program.  Leagues are setup by county and 5-7 tournaments are hosted throughout the summer at nearby facilities for area teams.  Leagues are located as far north as Indian River County, as far south as Miami-Dade County, and as far west as Lee and Collier Counties.

Over 45 different facilities, both public and private, have helped form teams. Each team is comprised of players ages 6-18 (based on skill level).  Teams can be coed and the tournament format is a two-person Scramble or Best-Ball playing 9-holes of stroke play.  These two-person teams compete in their respective age divisions and play from age and gender specific yardages.  Facilities also conduct a weekly practice, which provides players a chance to work on fundamentals with their fellow team members and friends.  Host PGA and LPGA Professionals are the team coaches and help prepare the guidelines for each practice session.  Players get a balance of instruction, knowledge of rules and tournament play, and learn about etiquette.

Highlights this season have included fun with friends, teammates and opposing teams.  Plus, in her very first tournament ever, Lauren Miller from Team Bonaventure made a hole-in-one with the South League in Broward County.  Although the summer may be nearing the end, a fall schedule will once again be offered in certain counties for area teams.  This will begin in late September and run through early November.  All tournaments will be held on the weekends (either Saturday or Sunday).

Special thanks to host PGA and LPGA Professionals that continue to grow the game and help impact the lives of countless junior golfers.  Not only is time spent with weekly team practices and junior camps, but team coaches are also on-site to help coach team members during tournament play.  We would also like to thank the many facilities who have opened their doors to Team Golf and hosted the various tournaments.

About Team Golf
Team Golf is a great way to get kids involved with the game of golf in a team environment.  The basic premise is to create a team atmosphere for young golfers, not much different than what you see in youth soccer and baseball leagues.  Similar to these sports, teams have weekly practices where golf instruction is provided by local PGA and LPGA Professionals serving as team coaches at public and private golf facilities throughout South Florida.  Participants in Team Golf are part of an exciting approach to learning and having FUN on the golf course, all while growing the game of golf.

About South Florida PGA Foundation
The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting.  The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of approximately 1,750 men and women PGA members and apprentices dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.  For more details on the SFPGA Foundation and how they support the south Florida community visit
www.sfpgagolf.com/foundation/

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