Each year the Southern California PGA Junior Tour provides the opportunity for players to participate in Travel Teams tournaments. These events provide players the chance to experience competitive golf in a team setting by competing against teams from throughout the Western half of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The Junior Americas Cup has showcased some of the best junior golfers throughout the western region. The competition brings together an elite international field of 17 teams of the top four boys representing 12 western states, 2 Canadian Provinces and Mexico competing in a team format. Team results are based on the lowest three gross scores of the four team members.
Many former participants have gone on to become successful Tour players, and its likely many of this year’s participants will follow in the footsteps of other famous JAC alumni such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Corey Pavin. Other notable participants include Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay, John Cook, Jason Gore, Charley Hoffman, Peter Jacobson, Steve Jones, Anthony Kim, Joel Kribel, Casey Martin, Billy Mayfair, Ryan Moore, Kevin Na, Pat Perez, Chris Riley, Scott Simpson, Duffy Waldorf and Mark Wiebe.
The Southern California PGA Junior Tour selects 4 individuals every year to participate in the Boy’s Junior America’s Cup. Individuals are selected on a number of criteria including their playing ability, overall character, participation in the SCPGA Junior Tour, etc. The selected team members are led by a SCPGA Junior Tour staff member as their team captain. The Junior America’s Cup is hosted withing one of the participating team’s region on a rotating basis.
The SCPGA provides participants with team uniforms and golf bags for the competition. Participants stay with host families arranged from the host organization and all other expenses for travel and food are covered by the SCPGA.
2015 Boys California State Junior Amateur Championship
The annual Boys’ California State Junior Amateur Championship is event held every August, open to all boys, ages 12-17 in the state of California. The Junior Golf Association of Northern California is hosting the Southern California PGA Junior Tour in this years Championship. The Championship will return to Southern California on August of 2015.
Open to male amateurs who will not have reached their 18th birthday by midnight August, 2015 and have properly qualified under the guidelines set forth by their governing association (SCPGA or JGANC). Entries may be rejected at any time during the competition if justified by the actions of the competitor.
Players must sign up for the tournament through the 2015 BlueGolf schedule. The entry fee for this event is $170, which includes the players’ Welcome Dinner Sunday evening. There is an additional fee for any guests who would like to attend the Welcome Dinner.
The Championship will be conducted over 54 holes as follows:
August 2015, the North/South (California Cup) matches will take place. A selected 10 man Team for each North and South Junior Association will compete head to head in a 36-hole event.
The Mary Cave Cup is a 36-hole, four-ball event with trophies being awarded to the top 2 teams. Established in 2004, the event is named in honor of Mary Cave who was a dedicated volunteer of the SDJGA for almost 50 years.
The tournament is held at the Sycuan Resort (Oak Glen Course) in El Cajon, California.
The Hogan Cup 36-hole team matches pit the best junior golfers from the Western United States and Canada against each other in a team format with the three lowest scores each day determining the team total. Medals are awarded to the top three teams as well as the top three individuals in the field. The event began in 1969 in commemoration of the vast achievements and contributions to the sport by Eddie Hogan, their long-time head golf professional who served the club from 1939 until his tragic drowning death in 1968. At its inception, the competition was between the Portland Metro All-stars and junior golfers representing the rest of the region. Hogan, an Oregon Amateur champion and PNGA Amateur Champion, was credited for transforming the role of the golf professional, developing what is now considered the standard for the green grass pro shop.
Being selected to compete in Hogan Cup matches is an honor that has been bestowed to few individuals, and the excellence of past participants is indicative of the quality of the small, select field. The Southern California team has won the event 12 times.
Hosted by the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA), the Inaugural Challenge Cup took place in 2015. The NCGA has invited the SCPGA Junior Tour to send top four girls and eight boys to face off in a full Ryder Cup format.
Pebble Beach, CA
December 21-23, 2015
The inaugural 2019 Yang Foundation Cup Matches began on August 4th at Industry Hills Golf Club and concluded on August 5th at Riviera Country Club. Team SCPGA was comprised of 12 of the top boys and girls players from the Toyota Tour Cup while the International team was comprised of the top 12 boys and girls from the Asia-Pacific Junior Amateur.