The PJI provides junior golfers (boys and girls, ages 12-18) with team-based tournaments. Five-person teams are formed by private, public and resort-style golf courses. Each team competes in four or five PJI Divisional tournaments, one event hosted by each course within a Division. Top team and individual finishers within each Division advance to post-season play.
Using the interclub concept, junior players develop team-based skills inherent in other sports, while competing in golf, a game which fosters integrity, leadership and life skills.
The PJI is nationally sponsored by PING Golf and is headquartered in Phoenix. Additional sponsors include Bushnell Golf®, Thunderbirds®, FlexFit®, YETI®, ECCO® and UST Mamiya® .
PJI seasons vary based on location. Please contact your pro shop for additional information. PJI Schedules can be found under the "Tournaments" tab on the home page of the website.
Each team competes in four or five PJI Divisional tournaments, one event hosted by each course within a Division. Top team and individual finishers within each Division advance to post-season play.
JGU will create the schedule based on the host dates requested by each team participating. The JGU website will provide tee times, pairings and scoring for the event. Coaches, players and parents will be notified of upcoming tournaments and tee times. Tournaments will be run by the host course with support from Junior Golf University.
The JGU Facebook page is an additional resource used to communicate with all participants. We also occasionally create contests using the Facebook page.
Junior Golf University, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 by John Souza, Director of PING WRX, in Phoenix, Ariz. JGU provides online tournament management for PJI events and administrative support to PJI teams.
In 2008, eight teams from the Phoenix area participated in the first season of the PJI. The program has experienced tremendous growth, expanding in 2017 to 58 teams with over 400 junior golfers.