The Billings Outpost

Junior League golf here

PGA Junior League Golf, which calls itself one of the most innovative programs introduced by a major sport, is new to the Billings area. PGA Junior League Golf gives kids 13 and under the opportunity to learn to play golf in a fun, social and team environment, a news release said.

In the past year, the popularity of PGA Junior League Golf has skyrocketed. In fact, 2013 saw a 345 percent increase in participation over the previous year and growth for 2014 is projected to double, reaching 1,500 teams with 18,000 players. Following are the facilities with teams in the Billings market:

• Eagle Rock Golf Course

• Briarwood Golf Course & Country Club

• Lake Hills Golf Club

• Hilands Golf Club

• Laurel Golf Club

• Yellowstone Country Club

PGA Junior League Golf teams are composed of young golfers (boys and girls) with no prior playing experience required. The teams play nine-hole matches in a two-person scramble format.

The format of play reinforces the team aspect and limits the personal pressure that players often feel.

Additionally, coaches can substitute players every three holes, so the entire team of golfers has the opportunity to participate.

Teams play regular-season matches before entering city and regional championships. Each regional champion advances to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship held Oct. 24-26 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga.

Team Georgia captured the 2013 Championship at TPC Sugarloaf.

To learn more about PGA Junior League Golf, visit PGAJrLeagueGolf.com.

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