When the PGA was born here in New York in 1916, the founders certainly never dreamed that one day the Association they were forming would grow to include over 28,000 professionals. At the very forefront of the National PGA then and today, is the Metropolitan Section. For the Met PGA Professional, “Growing the Game” is not just a theme, but a professional commitment and mission. The Metropolitan Section PGA Foundation is our vehicle to carry out the mission to promote the goodwill and growth of the game of golf by positively impacting the lives of junior golfers, veterans, and those who are underserved by the game.
Under the umbrella of the Metropolitan Section PGA Foundation, the Junior Tour founded in 1975 established a goal to introduce juniors to tournaments and clinics in order to improve their lives through sports and recreation. The growth of the program has been phenomenal, and today our program consists of nearly 1,300 members and features a schedule of over 100 junior events per season.
The Junior Tour is open to boys and girls ages 7-18 who reside in or are members of a golf course within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Section that employs a PGA Professional. Members are eligible to play in events up until their 19th birthday as long as they have not started college.
The Metropolitan Section includes Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, Rockland County, Sullivan County, Putnam County, Orange County, Southern Dutchess County, Southern Ulster County, and Fairfield County (south of Danbury and Bridgeport). The Junior Tour primarily runs from the end of June to the end of August and most tournaments are held on weekdays. Some Future Series tournaments (36 Holes) take place throughout the spring and fall and may occur on weekends.
During the tournament season we use our website and email database to communicate all important information to our members. Tournament rosters, tee times, newsletters, and results are all posted on the website to provide our members with easy access to all information.
Throughout the summer there will be Championship events where members of all Tours are automatically exempt. Please note some championships may have a cut after the first round.
Junior PGA Championship:
36 hole championship for 12-18 year old boys and girls. The overall champion and runner-up for the boys and girls will qualify for the PGA of America’s National Junior Championship. There is also a 9-Hole Junior PGA Championship for those on the 9 Hole Tour.
New York City Championship:
36 hole championship for 12-18 year old boys and girls at Pelham Bay GC in the Bronx. There is also a 9-Hole competition for those on the 9 Hole Tour.
The Junior Classic is a 36 Hole Championship for 12-18 year old boys and girls at Smithtown Landing CC in Smithtown, NY. There is also a 9-Hole competition for those on the 9 Hole Tour.
An invitational championship comprised of juniors ages 12-18 who have finished in first place at any of our regular season events (Future Series Tournaments, Players Tour events, or Championships) or are on the top of the points list for the Future Series.
Match Play Championship:
Players will qualify for the Match Play by finishing in the top 16 for the boys and the top 8 for the girls at the Tour Championship.
Tommy Kuhn Cup:
At the conclusion of the season the top Future Series point leaders will go head-to-head I based on residence in a Ryder Cup style event.
Our schedule features over 100 Tournaments at some of the best courses in the country. There is no limit to the number of tournaments a person can register for. The use of pull carts and/or caddies is not permitted at any of our 18 or 36 hole tournaments. Pull carts are permitted at 9 hole events at courses that allow them.
36 Hole, two-day tournaments for players 12-18 years of age and cost between $125 - $200. There is one overall division for boys 12-18 and one overall division for girls 12-18. Boys must have a Handicap Index of 10 or below (scoring average of 82 or below) and girls must have a Handicap Index of 15 or below (scoring average of 90 or below) to participate in the Future Series. Future Series members are also eligible to play in the one day Players Tour events.
18 Hole tournaments for players 12-18 years of age and cost $50 - $150. The Players Tour is broken up into two age divisions for the boys 12-14 and 15-18 and is one overall age division for the girls 12-18. Juniors must have a scoring average of 110 and below to participate on the Players Tour. Players Tour members may play in one day tournaments or two day championships.
9 Hole Tour:
The 9 Hole tournaments are open to boys 7-14 and girls 7-18 and cost $35 for regular events and $50 for Championships. Juniors who average a score of 110 and higher for 18 holes must play on the 9 Hole Tour. 9 Hole Tour members may only play in 9 Hole events.
The $100 Membership Fee includes:
Tournament opportunities for the Future Series (36 Hole Tournaments), Players Tour (18 Hole Tournaments), and 9 Hole Tournaments
Access to Met PGA Junior Tour Special Events and opportunities to apply for various scholarships
Access to the Met PGA Junior Tour Player’s Club via personal Players Club Id and Password
A USGA GHIN number to establish a handicap (If the member does not already have one, and is 12 years of age or older)
A USGA Rules of Golf Book, hat, bag tag, and other membership gifts
Returning members can sign up online for Membership using their Player’s Club ID and Password. Returning members also must pass the Annual Rules Test to be able to register for tournaments beginning in May.
Thank you to EY, who has been our title sponsor for the past twenty one years. In that time, they have helped the Foundation redesign our Junior Tour membership materials and update our brochures, newsletters, and handbooks. They have also assisted us in providing our end of the year prizes to our top finishers. In addition to our Junior Tour, their support has allowed us to continue expanding our Player Development and outreach projects. Thanks to EY, we are able to bring more to our members and to the people who participate in our programs.