The Youth Pillar of PGA REACH Gateway is dedicated to helping our community’s youth learn and grow through the game and people of golf. The game and community of golf have a unique ability to positively shape and develop the lives of our youth. PGA REACH Gateway offers a wide scope of competitive, developmental, and introductory junior golf programs to reach juniors of all backgrounds and levels of ability.
PGA REACH Gateway’s Youth Pillar consists of 5 categories:
- Drive, Chip & Putt
- PGA Jr. League
- Gateway PGA Jr. Development Tour
- Gateway PGA Junior Tour
- Clarence Voigt Memorial Scholarship Fund
Drive, Chip & Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition that provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants have the opportunity to advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category to earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcasted live by Golf Channel. Drive, Chip & Putt is made largely made possible by local PGA Professionals and golf facilities who generously donate areas of their courses for local qualifiers.
PGA Jr. League is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 13 and under, to learn and enjoy the game of golf from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Like many other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on a team with friends. Scholarships are provided to players who qualify for financial assistance or are from military families through PGA REACH’s partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and their Sports Matter Grant.
Gateway PGA Jr. Development Tour is our beginner and entry-level junior golf tour. The Jr. Development Tour offers a non-intimidating, FUN, focused, junior golf environment purposed to foster friendships, inspire commitment and offer guidance in skill development. Each Junior Development Tour event offers those in attendance the opportunity to learn the rules & regulations of golf, and to further the junior’s skill development during the on-course 9-hole play.
Gateway PGA Junior Tour is one of the largest junior golf programs in the country. Each year, the Junior Tour serves nearly 1,000 Junior Members and their families. The Gateway PGA Junior Tour is dedicated to providing year-round, exceptional tournament golf experiences for every level competitive junior golfer. The Junior Tour offers several different age group and division options to best fit each player’s skill level and to help them to reach their goals in competition & in developing their game to the next level.
Clarence Voigt Memorial Scholarship is our college scholarship program for local Gateway Section high school seniors. Each year PGA REACH grants a limited number of college scholarships to high school graduates through the Clarence Voigt Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship places collective emphasis on a commitment to golf, academics, community involvement and character. Over the past ten years, PGA REACH Gateway has awarded over $27,000 in college scholarships.