Becoming a PGA Jr League Coach - Best Practices
For the last 3 years I have been the PGA Junior League Captain at my facility, The Kiawah Island Club. This is a great opportunity for PGA and LPGA Professionals to help grow the game at their facilities and their local areas. When the Charleston, SC area decided to start a PGA Junior League we decided to give it the green light and had a great response from our members. From the first year going forward we have grown our PGA Junior League participation from 11 players on the first year’s team to having 2 teams this year as well as 1 team in the 17 and under division as well.
The best benefits of being a PGA Junior League Captain has been the relationships I have built with the juniors as well as their parents. Having the parents actively participate in the practices and matches opens their eyes to how we do our jobs. Traveling to away matches allows you to get to know your members in a different setting. We usually have dinner together after our away matches and this has built connections and friendships that you may not have the opportunity to create while working at your course. The other great benefit is seeing the players grow from year to year not only with their golf games but as people as well. Fostering these relationships with both the team members and their parents can also lead to more lesson income. With the parents present at practice they see you interacting with the kids and helping them with their golf swing and course management they will want to extend the learning beyond practice and matches.
If you have the opportunity at your facility to start a PGA Junior League program take the reins! It has been rewarding and fulfilling getting to enhance the team members golf games and see them grow.