Jr. golf program will soon open 2019 season


The Union County Junior Golf Academy-Tour will soon begin its 17th season.

The 2019 campaign will kick off this Saturday with an Academy-Tour clinic at Darby Creek Golf Club.

The clinic is slated for 2 p.m.

That is also the day that registration for the 2019 season will close.

The program is open to youth golfers in Union County ages 7-17.

There are three divisions, with the breakdown as follows:

-Premier Division: boys and girls ages 7-9;

-Academy Division: boys and girls ages 10-12;

-Tour  Division: boys and girls ages 13-17.

Golfers in the 13-14 and 15-17 age brackets will have separate divisions for boys and girls.

Academy events will be nine holes, while golfers on the Tour Division will compete for 18 holes.

The program utilizes golf courses in Union County.

The season will begin on Tuesday, June 11, with a Premier/Academy/Tour event at Darby Creek.

The tournament will begin at 10 a.m.

The remainder of the schedule is as follows:

-Thursday, June 13: Premier/Academy/Tour at Blues Creek, 9 a.m.;

-Saturday, June 15: Academy and Tour clinic at Darby Creek, 2 p.m.;

-Tuesday, June 18: Premier/Academy/Tour at Darby Creek, 10 a.m.;

-Thursday, June 20: Premier/Academy/Tour at The Ridge, 9 a.m.

The Premier Division is for youngsters who are just becoming introduced to competitive golf.

It is used to teach general swing mechanics and short game fundamentals.

The goal is also to teach younger golfers the etiquette of the sport.

The Academy and Tour Divisions promote athletic golf swings and improve the level of play by communicating practice and competition observations.

It also provides instruction in competition etiquette and the rules of golf.

The program was founded by former Fairbanks High School golf coach Larry Morris and local pro Greg Rutherford.

This will be the second year in which Eli Morris, Morris’ son, will coordinate the program with Darby Creek pro Ken Collett.


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