Flint Junior Golf sets sights on 81st season

Grand Blanc’s Ben Locey sets up a putt during play at last summer’s Malon Cup. Photo by Austin VanDaele

Grand Blanc’s Ben Locey sets up a putt during play at last summer’s Malon Cup. Photo by Austin VanDaele

GENESEE COUNTY — Attention Junior Golfers! Flint Junior Golf Association Online Registration will open April 1.

Flint Junior Golf Association, one of the largest Junior Golf organizations in the country will open its on-line registration Monday, April 1 through Sunday, May 12 with season play beginning on June 26.

Since its inception in 1939, Flint Junior Golf Association has provided an opportunity for young golfers to learn, play and enjoy a game that they can play for a lifetime. Flint Junior Golf Association is recognized as the oldest and one of the largest junior golf programs in the country with current membership of more than 500 junior golfers from the Greater Flint Area. Flint Junior Golf is open to area youth ages 8 through 18.

FJGA is divided into three divisions: a 5-hole division (ages 8-11); a 9-hole division (up to 14 for boys and 15 for girls); and an 18-hole division (ages up to 18). The entry fee is the only fee paid all year and there are no additional weekly costs. This fee includes a bag tag, a rulebook, seasonal instructional clinics, range discounts at the Jewel Golf Academy, chance to win medals during weekly play, and a chance to win trophies in the end of the season tournament. The entry fee also covers the weekly golf fees at area courses for the season. Entry fee for the 5-hole division is $75, for the 9-hole division the fee is $85 and $100 for the 18-hole division.

Flint Junior Golf Association season begins on June 26 and ends with a tournament on July 29 and 30 for 5-hole and 9-hole divisions and August 5-7 for the 18-hole division.

Twenty area courses will participate in the program this year including Warwick Hills Country Club, which is hosting the Ally Challenge PGA Tour Champions Tournament the week of September 9-15. Additional courses participating include the City of Flint Municipal courses, Beechwood Greens, Goodrich Golf Club, Briar Ridge, Clio, Vienna Greens, Flushing Valley, Davison Country Club, Copper Ridge, Genesee Valley Meadows, Jewel of Grand Blanc, Flint Golf Club, IMA Brookwood , Atlas Valley, Seifert’s Golf Range, Spring Meadows, Sugarbush, Flint Elks and Spring Meadows, which will host the Randy Wise-AJGA Buick Junior Open the week of August 14-16. The Flint Junior Golf Academy will provide five pre-season clinics beginning in early June, which are also included in the entry fee.

The Flint Junior Golf Association will continue its partnership with The Jewel of Grand Blanc golf facility to host the FJGA Teaching Academy under the guidance of PGA professional Jack Seltzer. Discount group and individual lessons along with reduced golf range fees will be available again this summer.

On-line registration will be accepted by logging onto www.fjga.org and by following the registration directions.

The FJGA is clearly one of the great recreational opportunities for youth in Genesee County and is a testament to the positive influence the organization has made on the thousands of lives over the history of the program.

Over the past few years $128,000 in scholarships has been awarded to high school graduates. Scholarships will be available again this year.

For additional information, please contact Loyd Walter, Flint Junior Golf Association, PO Box 90377, Burton, MI 48509, 810-584-0320 or 810-252-7091.

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