NEPGA Jr Tour Spring Series
New for 2015, the NEPGA Jr Tour “Spring Series”! The NEPGA Jr Tour Spring Series is a set of 9-hole after school tournaments with a limited field size. The events are open to members and non-members of the NEPGA Jr Tour, so tell your friends to come out and play! Please visit the NEPGA Jr Tour Schedule for more information about the tournaments (tee times, entry fees etc.).
Just a reminder, the NEPGA Jr Tour is open to Boys & Girls ages 9 to 21!
NEPGA 'Spring Series' a Huge Success in its First Year
By Mark Chiarelli NEPGA
We’ve all been there.
By the end of a long, cold, snowy New England winter, we’re all anxious to dust off the clubs, hit the course and see what parts of the golf game survived after a winter hibernation. And the result? Typically, a rusty golf game.
But for a majority of golfers, there’s rarely enough time to fully dedicate to practicing and playing. Parents must juggle a combination of work, family commitments and day-to-day responsibilities while junior players must find time between school assignments and extra-curricular activities.
Before you know it, the summer season – and the accompanying schedule of New England PGA Junior Tour events – is in full swing as the calendar turns.
So this year, the NEPGA Junior Tour set out to accommodate junior players aiming to get back into the swing of things.
The tour launched the NEPGA Junior Tour Spring Series, which was comprised of eight scheduled events located throughout Massachusetts in May. The goal was simple: To help junior golfers slowly ease into the golf season as the weather improved and summer approached.
According to Jacy Settles, director of junior golf and player development for the tour, the inaugural spring season was a success even despite its formation on a tight deadline.
“Considering the idea of the Spring Series started in mid-April, to average near 20 players per tournament was great accomplishment under a tight timeline,” Settles said.
Each event followed the same structure and was open to both members and non-members of the NEPGA Junior Tour. All tournaments began after school – tee times started at 3:30 p.m. – and were nine-hole events.
In total, seven events were held (one was cancelled due to rain) and more than 140 players competed. Tournaments were held at the following sites: Red Tail Golf Club (Devens, Mass.), Hillview Golf Course (North Reading, Mass.), Chelmsford Country Club (Chelmsford, Mass.), Crystal Lake Golf Club (Haverhill, Mass.), Maynard Country Club (Maynard, Mass.), Rockland Golf Course (Rockland, Mass.) and North Andover Country Club (North Andover, Mass.).
A number of players posted impressive scores, but more importantly, both parents and players enjoyed the option of having tournament-style golf in a laid back, nine-hole setting.
One such instance occurred at Rockland Golf Course, when 11-year-old Nick Johannes approached Settles following his round to say how much he enjoyed playing in the event. Johannes won the Boys 11 and under division that day.
“It was nice to receive such kind words from the players and parents about such an idea,” Settles said. “We always want to provide fun opportunities for our juniors and I’m thankful to all those helped make it work.”
With the Spring Series a success, Settles said he’s now eying a similar development for the upcoming fall season.
“I’d like to expand upon the series and perhaps do a ‘fall series’ in late August/early September,” he said.
“I think the Spring Series really helped the juniors shake off the rust from our long winter while also providing a fun atmosphere for those new to tournament golf. Hopefully, a fall series will only continue this mindset, but also allow our juniors to play as much golf as possible until winter arrives.”
The NEPGA’s summer schedule kicks off in full June 16.