Whether a junior is interested in competing at a high level or just wants to learn the game and have fun, programs in St. Louis have them covered. That's the neat thing about it. There is a lot of variety making it's way across the metropolitan area. From little tykes to high school golfers, there is a program available to help them along their journey in playing this great game.
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf - I run the local chapter of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program. It is centered out of my two teaching locations Big Bend Golf Center and Family Golf Center. The program is a national initiative run out of the LPGA Foundation to encourage girls ages 7-17 learn the game in a fun, non competitive environment. It is a super fun program with a variety of outings from instructional outings to on course friendly competitions to skill building and games events.
Junior Club Exchange - I also am the representative for St. Louis for the Junior Club Exchange. This a nationwide program (501c3) designed to provide clubs for juniors up to the age of 14 for no cost! Not having well fit equipment or not being able to afford a set of clubs is no longer a problem in St. Louis with the Junior Club Exchange!
U.S. Kids Golf Camps - Myself and my good friend Eva Chaffin run U.S. Kids Golf Camps throughout the summer. Mine are at Big Bend Golf Center and Family Golf Center and Eva teaches at Sunset Hills and Quail Creek. The program is based on the U.S. Kids Golf Curriculum.
The PGA Junior League - This league was established to make the game more social and fun for golfers under the age of 13. It is a competitive league, but in a less stressful and fun based environment playing scrambles rather than stroke play.
The Accelerated Golf Tour - This tour is for the competitive high school and collegiate player. It is a series of 2 day events that run throughout the St. Louis area during the summer months.
Gateway Junior PGA - The Gateway PGA section provides a series of tournaments for golfers of all ages and skill levels throughout the spring, summer and fall. Tournaments start in a low key, relaxed atmosphere when the kids are little, focusing on learning and fun and get more competitive as the kids grow older.
The First Tee - The First Tee program of St. Louis assists in learning, but is also based heavily on life lessons. The goal is to not only develop players, but also to develop first class, responsible individuals with good manners, integrity and positive attitudes.