The First Tee of Indiana is a youth development program that teaches golf, along with the Nine Core Values of Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment. The mission of this program is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
The First Tee of Indiana runs in programming locations throughout the state, which includes green grass facilities and the National School Program that brings The First Tee of Indiana to local elementary schools.
PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. With each team captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, PGA Junior League Golf offers a focus on fun, recreation, good health and sportsmanship. Developmental in nature, this program works to offer an alternative, social golf format with an approach highlighting team play versus individual competition and serves as a feeder system to transition youth golfers to existing programs like the Indiana Junior Golf Program. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends. It also utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development.
The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition for boys and girls ages 7-15, aimed at growing the game. Focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf, each player gets three attempts in each skill and earns points based on distance and/or accuracy for a total score.
The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. This program features multi-level qualifying in each age/gender category with an opportunity to earn a place in the National Finals held at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters.
Located at the Indiana Golf Office in Franklin, IN, the Gongaware Junior Golf Academy provides a teaching and learning facility for junior golfers throughout Indiana and the Midwest. Offering day, overnight and team camps, the Academy is a full-service facility with dorm style housing for 48 campers, an indoor instruction area, cafeteria, 18-hole short course, short game practice area and 10-acre practice facility. The Academy offers instruction from a lead PGA Professional, with assistance from collegiate golfers and students participating in the PGA’s Professional Golf Management Schools. Academy instructors teach according to the individual skill level of each student in groups of similar skill players.
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Since 1987, the Indiana Junior Golf program has existed
to provide junior golfers in Indiana the opportunity to gain competitive golf experience while learning the Rules and etiquette of the game. The program is designed to help junior golfers progress effectively through its levels at their own developmental pace.With a series of Tours and State Championships, this program offers competitive opportunities within different age groups and ability levels. Whether it’s a player looking to play high level college golf or looking to make a middle school team, this program will have appropriate competition to help you achieve your goals. Indiana Junior Golf Program alumni include PGA & LPGA Tour Players, PGA Professionals, High School & College Golf Coaches and over 400 college golfers annually.
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The Foundation is partnering with the Indiana Section PGA to offer an outreach program to Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the state. The Boys/Girls Club initiative will use SNAG equipment and The First Tee Curriculum and offer golf instruction by PGA Professionals at participating Boys and Girls Clubs in Indiana.
The SNAG equipment and The First Tee Curriculum are being supplied by the Indiana Section PGA so the cost of the Boys and Girls Clubs to participate is very minimal and in some cases sponsors are being sought to eliminate the necessity to pass along any costs to participants. To find a club near you click Learn More
The Gongaware Junior Academy has been in existence since 2001. The Academy has dorm rooms for 48 kids and 8 camp counselors, an indoor hitting area complete with video and computer analytics, and an outdoor facility that includes 2 practice putting greens, a private range tee and an 18 hole par 3 course. Academy attendees also have access to the 27 Championship holes at The Legends Golf Club.
The Academy staff includes a full-time PGA Member who serves as the Academy Director as well as college golfers and Professional Golf Management Students who serve as the camp counselors and instructors.
Over 500 kids attend the Academy on an annual basis. Of those 500 kids, 20% attend on camp scholarship. A camp scholarship not only includes a four day camp experience but also guarantees a junior golfer with access to a facility in their hometowns until they reach their 18th birthday. Learn More
The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, The First Tee helps to shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. Research-proven programs are having a positive impact on participants, their families and their communities. The First Tee of Indiana, through programming locations throughout the state, is offering The First Tee certifying programs to Indiana youth. Learn More
The Junior Tour has been in existence since 1987. It began with 10 events and had 300 participants. In 2017 the Tour will encompass nearly 60 events and reach over 1,300 kids. The Junior Program is divided into three categories: the Prep Tour, the Regular Junior Tour and the Masters Tour.
The Prep Tour is for kids 8-12 years of age. The Junior Tour is for kids 13-18 years of age and the Masters Tour is for the low stroke average player. The Masters Tour events are held over two days (36 holes) and have no age divisions. Courses are set up at longer distances than for the regular tour and the goal is to prepare kids for collegiate golf. Learn More