What is PGA Junior League? – PGA Junior League (PGAJL) is an opportunity for First Tee – Pittsburgh (FTP) participants to play golf on a team, with numbered uniforms, against other teams in a fun two-player Scramble format. We have both 13U and 17U PGAJL programs for participants ages 7-13 and 14-17. All games are played on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:00 PM, and we offer both Spring/Summer and Fall seasons for both programs.
Multiple Team Locations – Players in the 13U PGAJL program will be choose one of our programming locations. We will have up to five teams at our Bob O’Connor Golf Course location in Schenley Park, one team at our Victory Hills location in Elizabeth, one team at our 3 Lakes location in Penn Hills, and one team at our All About Golf location in Butler. When registering, please choose the appropriate HOME location for your 13U participant.
Players in the 17U PGAJL program will all be assigned to our Bob O’Connor Golf Course location in Schenley Park, and 17U games will be played at multiple locations. The regular season schedule will be finalized once all participants have registered, and 17U games will rotate between the Bob, 3 Lakes, All About Golf and Victory Hills throughout each season.
PGAJL Code of Conduct
The following information and schedules will apply to ALL 13U and 17U PGAJL participants.
Regular Season Game Times – We will have one practice game and six weeks of regular season play on Sunday afternoons, with both practice and regular season games starting promptly at 3:30 PM and ending at 6:00 PM. Players will be expected to arrive at 3:00 PM so they have time to warm-up and walk to their starting hole.
2022 Spring/Summer REGULAR SEASON Schedule - 13U & 17U Divisions
Sunday, April 3, 2022 - Coach Training (BOGC)
Sunday, April 10, 2022 - Masters Weekend, Nothing Planned
Sunday, April 17, 2022 - Easter, Nothing Planned
Sunday, April 24, 2022 - Team Kit Distribution & Practice (BOGC)
Sunday, May 1, 2022 - Regular Season - Week #1 (All Locations)
Sunday, May 8, 2022 - Mother’s Day - OFF (Potential Rain Date)
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - Regular Season - Week #2 (All Locations)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - Regular Season - Week #3 (All Locations)
Sunday, May 29, 2022 - Memorial Day Weekend - OFF (Potential Rain Date)
Sunday, June 5, 2022 - Regular Season - Week #4 (All Locations)
Sunday, June 12, 2022 - Regular Season - Week #5 (All Locations)
Sunday, June 19, 2022 - Father’s Day - OFF (Potential Rain Date)
Sunday, June 26, 2022 - Regular Season - Week #6 (All Locations)
Sunday, July 3, 2022 - Independence Day Weekend- OFF (No Games)
Sunday, July 10, 2022 - Championships / Party / All Star Selection (BOGC)
The 2019 FTP PGAJL All-Star team advanced through the Sectional Qualifier at Latrobe Country Club, and then lost in the first round of the Tri-State PGA Section Championship at Willowbrook Country Club.
The 2019 FTP PGAJL All-Star team playing Hole #3 at Latrobe Country Club during their practice round.
Player Eligibility – Only ACTIVE members of First Tee - Pittsburgh will be eligible to play in our chapter’s 13U and 17U PGAJL programs. Players ages 7-13 may register and participate in the 13U regular season, but only players ages 10-13 on or before July 31, 2021 will be eligible for the All-Star team and postseason competition. Players ages 14-17 may register for the 17U regular season, which will use the same dates and locations for their games.
Registration Process, Timeline, Scholarships & Fees
The registration process begins February 1, 2021.
STEP ONE - Members MUST first register on the First Tee – Pittsburgh website, and pay their $80 FTP fee to the chapter. Participants will receive an email confirmation of their chapter registration.
STEP TWO - After completing the FTP registration process, you will receive a separate email from PGA Professional Eric Kulinna with additional directions and our ACCESS CODE. The 13U and 17U programs are listed separately on the PGAJL website, and each has a unique access code.
STEP THREE - Families MUST then register on the PGA Junior League website (www.pgajrleague.com), and pay their $175 PGAJL fee. If you qualify for financial aid, you will need a PGA Reach SCHOLARSHIP CODE to complete the PGA Junior League registration. The PGA Reach Scholarship code will cover the $175 program fee, and allow you to register your child on the PGA Junior League website.
Program enrollment is taken on a first come, first served basis, and will continue until a maximum number of players have registered, or registration closes on March 15, 2021, whichever comes first.
PGAJL participants MUST register with both First Tee – Pittsburgh on our chapter website, AND with PGA Junior League on their national website. Your child’s registration in the FTP PGAJL program is not complete until you do both.
PGA Junior League Captains – PGA Professional Eric Kulinna will serve as the PGA Junior League Captain during the regular season for all 13U and 17U teams, and coach the 13U and 17U All Star team throughout all post-season competition at the Sectional, Regional and National levels. He will be assisted on a weekly basis throughout the regular season by Assistant Captain Aaron Lindauer from First Tee – Pittsburgh coaching staff.
Team Coaches & Scorekeepers – Our PGA Junior League program will only work with engaged Parents and Guardians, and we encourage you to get involved and volunteer. Each 13U PGA Junior League team will need TWO adult coaches, and at least TWO adult scorekeepers each week. Parents and Guardians who are interested in being a Team Coach should contact PGA Professional Eric Kulinna, and he will assist you in completing the required background check. Once the team rosters have been finalized, we will have a MANDATORY 90-minute Coach Training session on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM at BOGC.
Team Formation – Once registration closes, we will form teams, with rostering to be completed within a week at the latest. Team rosters will be determined by age, ability, member level, and programming location. We will strive to get evenly matched teams, and make sure that each team has at least two trained adults who will serve as coaches during the games.
Team Kits & Player Uniforms – Each player will receive both Orange (Home) and Blue (Away) jerseys with their number and team name on the back, and a hat to be worn during games. They will also receive a PGAJL T-Shirt, bag tag, and a drawstring bag to keep their gear in. All FTP PGAJL teams will have their team name printed on the back of their jerseys, and the teams in our league will be named after our First Tee core values
Regular Season Practices – We strongly encourage all PGAJL participants to be actively enrolled in FTP programming classes. Golf skill development will be tracked using the FREE Operation 36 app (www.Operation36.golf), and all FTP PGAJL team members are eligible to attend our Guided Play and Practice class on Thursday nights at BOGC from 5:00-7:00 PM. Coaches Eric Kulinna and Aaron Lindauer will be available during that time, along with the adult volunteer team coaches, to work with individual players on developing their golf skills and knowledge of scramble and match play strategies.
Coach Training – Once the 13U teams are formed, coaches will be notified, and a Coach Training will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM at BOGC. The Coach and Assistant Coach for each team will be primarily responsible for setting the lineups before each regular season game, making sure that official scorecards are kept for each match, and posting the game scores. .
Team Orientation & Team Kit Distribution – All the players, coaches, and parents/guardians will meet together as a team on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at BOGC. The players will get to meet their teammates and coaches, and will receive their uniform kits. The teams will have the opportunity to conduct an “intrasquad” practice together on the course. More information on exact times, based on the most current COVID-19 guidelines, will be provided as soon as possible before the start of the regular season.
SportEngine App – Once again, the PGA of America will be using the SportEngine app to share information about the PGA Junior League program. Coaches will post pairings and results, and can communicate delays and other pertinent information through push notifications on the app. Parents can also digitally share photos and videos with each other. The SportEngine app is available at both the Apple and Android stores, and all parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to download the app to their phones, and learn how to use it, as it will be our primary communication platform during the season.
Postseason Competition > 13U & 17U Divisions – NEW in 2021, both the 13U and 17U divisions will have a Spring/Summer postseason competition. Eight 13U players and six 17U players will be selected to the All-Star teams that will represent First Tee - Pittsburgh at the Sectional, Regional and National levels. Additional detailed information on this process will be available at the conclusion of the regular season.
Postseason Practices & Fees – FTP PGAJL All-Star team members in both 13U and 17U divisions must be available to practice and compete in August 2021. All-Star team members will be asked to attend practices at a location(s) to be determined to prepare for the Section Championships. The PGA of America has introduced additional fees at the Regional and National levels, and should our teams advance to those levels, the chapter will seek a sponsor to cover the costs incurred.