The South Carolina Golf Center Junior Academy is a developmental program designed to help boys and girls of all ability levels realize their full potential and achieve their goals. The SCGCJA program is designed for junior golfers ranging from ages 6-17. The sole purpose of the program is to teach juniors how to enjoy a game they can play for a lifetime and become the best junior golfer they can be on and off the course. The program is broken up into four different divisions: Day Division, Fowler Division, McIlroy Division, and Spieth Division.
Description and Criteria for Advancement for Each Division
The Day Flight is designed to cater to boys and girls who are just beginning or may have only played a few times. In this flight, competitors will play a 9 hole scramble from our SCGCJA Yellow Tee markers from around 1700 yards. This helps to make the game more fun while also teaching them valuable skills they will need as they progress through the program. The competitors will be split up into two or more teams and will be awarded points according to what position they finish within the Day Division. These points will go towards our “Points Race” from which a winner will be determined by the individual or individuals who have amassed the most points throughout the series. The competitors who make up each team are subject to change each event due to participation. In order for a player to advance from the Day Division into the Fowler Division he or she must show the ability to consistently perform at the next level over the course of a series. This will be up to the discretion of the SCGCJA instructors.
The Fowler Division is designed for boys and girls who have progressed out of the beginner stage and are ready to start playing their own ball out into the hole. While competing in this flight, players will begin the process of learning how to play the game on their own. Competitors will play 9 holes from the SCGCJA Green Tee markers, which will measure around 1800 yards. They will be awarded points in each event that will go towards our “Points Race” according to how they finish in each event within the Fowler Division. At the completion of each series, the player who has amassed the most points will be deemed the winner of the flight. In order to advance to the McIlroy Division, a player must have won the “Points Race” in the Fowler Division or be deemed ready to move up by the SCGCJA instructors.
While competing in this division, players will learn some of the basic skills needed to play the game at the highest level, such as etiquette, the rules of golf, and how to improve their all around game. In this division, competitors will play 9 holes from our SCGCJA Blue tee markers. These markers will measure around 2600 yards. They will be awarded points in each event that will go towards our “Points Race” according to how they finish in each event within the McIlroy Division. At the completion of each series, the player who has amassed the most points will be deemed the winner of the flight. In order to advance to the next flight a player must have won the “Points Race” in the McIlroy Division or be deemed ready to move up by the SCGCJA instructors.
The Spieth Division is designed for boys and girls who have made the commitment to start preparing to play the game at the college level. Players and parents will receive information and advisement on tournament schedules as well as assistance with college placement. All competitors in this division will play 9 holes each event. Girls playing in this flight will be competing from around 2600 yards unless otherwise decided by the SCGCJA instructors. Boys playing in this flight will be competing from around 3100 yards unless otherwise decided by the SCGCJA instructors.