AREAWIDE – For the second time in five years, the Flint Junior Golf Association is expanding, this time in a westerly direction.
The 78-year-old organization has opened its 2016 membership to youths in the New Lothrop, Byron, Corunna, Durand, Morrice and Webberville school systems — all west or southwest of the Genesee County border that used to determine eligibility.
The FJGA made a similar move in 2012, when it extended invitations to kids in the Lapeer, Brandon and Holly school districts. That decision was tied to those schools being members of the Flint Metro League, which is based mostly in Genesee County.
This year’s expansion was made for the same reason. The newly added school districts are all members of the Genesee Area Conference.
Online registration for this season opened Saturday and will run through Sunday, May 8. Play begins on June 20. Go to www.fjga.org to register.
The FJGA is recognized as the oldest and one of the largest youth golf programs in the country. Since its inception in 1939, the organization has provided an opportunity for young golfers to learn, play and enjoy a game that they can play for a lifetime.
FJGA is open to boys and girls ages 8-18 and is divided into three divisions: a 5-hole division for ages 8-11, a 9-hole division for ages up to 14 for boys and 15 for girls, and an 18-hole division for ages up to 18.
The entry fee is the only fee paid all year, and there are no additional weekly costs. The fee includes a bag tag, rulebook, seasonal instruction clinics, King Par range pass, a chance to win medals during weekly play and a chance to win trophies in the season-ending tournament. The fee also covers weekly golf fees at area courses for the season.
Entry fees are $70 for the 5-hole division, $85 for the 9-hole division and $95 for the 18-hole division. Play is almost always on Mondays and begins June 20. The season ends with a tournament Aug. 1-2 for the 5-hole and 9-hole divisions and Aug. 9-11 for the 18-hole golfers.
Twenty-two area golf courses will participate this year, including Warwick Hills, which will also host the Randy Wise Buick Junior Open, an American Junior Golf Association event Aug. 17-20. Other courses used by the FJGA are Swartz Creek, Kearsley Lake, Captain’s Club, River Forest, Beechwood Greens, Goodrich Country Club, Briar Ridge, Clio Country Club, Vienna Greens, Flushing Valley, Davison Country Club, Copper Ridge, Genesee Valley Meadows, Jewel of Grand Blanc, Flint Golf Club, IMA Brookwood, Atlas Valley, Spring Meadows, Southmoor, Sugarbush and Flint Elks. The Flint Junior Golf Academy will provide six preseason clinics, beginning in early June.
Registration forms are also available at King Par and local participating courses.