Juniors


The Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf
PGA of America Golf has a ton of reasons for kids to get involved... one of the best? It's fun!   
By Player Development Committee PGA of America
Series: Youth Golf
Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 | 11:54 a.m.


Junior Golf in the United States is exploding! Thanks in part to programs like PGA Junior League Golf, Drive, Chip and Putt and PGA Junior Golf Camps, more families and youth than ever are discovering why golf is the game of a lifetime. Now you can too!

Below is a list of the "Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf" as recommended by the Player Development Committee of the PGA of America - a group dedicated to introducing the game to people of all abilities and backgrounds.

1 Develop Life Long Benefits
2 Spend Quality Time with Family
3 Spending Time Outdoors
4 Business Skills
5 Anyone Can Play
6 Self-Improvement
7 Etiquette and Values
8 Health
9 Controlling Emotions
10 Fun
Read complete article:
https://www.pga.com/play-golf-america/youth-golf/top-10-reasons



Junior Golf Tips
presented by PGA professional Chris Winkel
For a 5 year old:


For a 7 year old:


Where to start with Clubs
The Best Starter Golf Clubs for Kids, By Age
https://www.fatherly.com/gear/the-best-golf-clubs-for-kids/

U.S. Kids Fitting Center
https://www.uskidsgolf.com/shop/equipment/fitting-center




Get them in an introductory Golf program
There are lots of organizations of which to choose from. What's the right age to enlist your child in a golf instruction program?
There are some factors you need to consider before enrolling. Such as:
1 Attention span. In general a child's attention span is very short during their early years. Swinging a club can be dangerous. So, make sure your child is able to take directions from an instructor without you present.
2 Interest in the sport
3 Type of program offered
4 Golf can be expensive so do some research call several instructional programs and price around. Ask for references or take your child to watch as session.


Health and Fittness
Why Playing Multiple Sports—Not Just One—Is Best for Kids
Countless benefits of playing multiple sports are being forgotten in the midst of the specialization craze.
By Rob Bell

In this day and age when trophies and scholarships dominate youth athletics, kids are being pushed to specialize in a single sport as early as their pre-teen years. Driven by the professionalization of youth sports, coaches and parents alike have turned their focus to making kids young experts in their sport of choice.

"It'll help prevent injury," some explain. Others caution that without specialization, kids will "fall behind" or be unable to "play at the next level."

But these claims are nothing more than myths that are often at odds with the well-being of our children. In reality, countless benefits of playing multiple sports are being forgotten in the midst of the specialization craze. For starters, improving fitness, motivation, confidence and creativity. But perhaps more importantly: playing for the sake of the game itself and in doing so, having some plain and simple, old-fashioned fun.

It's time to put the myths to bed. In reality, kids only stand to gain from playing multiple sports. Here's why:

1 Specializing actually leads to greater chance of injuries.
Instead of sharpening their overall athleticism in a well-rounded way, specialized athletes are repeating the same movements with the same sets of muscles every day of the week. This has led to a dramatic rise in the need for Tommy John surgery and reconstructive surgery of elbow ligaments—to cite just two examples.
2 Sports skills and athletic movements transfer.
Jumping for a basketball works the same muscles swimmers use to push off the starting blocks and develop a strong kick. A full 87 percent of 2015 NFL draft picks were multi-sport athletes, and the average number of multi-sport athletes in the NFL hovers around 70 percent. It's not surprising when you consider that quickness, running, jumping, agility, throwing and countless other moves are all transferable skills.
3 Multi-sport athletes learn to compete.
Each sport requires its own unique levels of focus and resiliency. Some games, like baseball, are more drawn out and require long-term attention punctuated with quick action. Other sports are all about pacing and endurance. The broader the exposure young athletes get to these different conditions, the better. Resiliency and focus, too, are transferable skills.
4 Multi-sport athletes have a greater sports I.Q.
They develop a feel for any game they are playing. Ever heard about football players taking ballet classes? This helps not just to transfer athletic movements, but also to enhance their appreciation for different types of movements. Thanks to cross-training, multi-sport athletes are overall more creative and less mechanical in their approach.
5 Burnout becomes less frequent in multi-sport athletes.
It doesn't take long for kids to fizzle from going to five must-do showcase events and traveling every weekend in the summer. Ultimately, they stop enjoying the process. The balance and variety that comes from playing multiple sports offers keeps young athletes alert, engaged and, literally, on their toes.
6 Multi-sport athletes are better teammates.
They've got lots of experience at it! They're used to interacting with a variety of teammates and coaches within different contexts. This is priceless training for athletics of all sorts and life.

Remember, too: grit, tenacity and the will to compete are traits that transfer across all sports. In applying the essential lessons from one sport to others, kids are better athletes overall. Cultivating these while building character is the true purpose of youth sports, which above all serves as a metaphor for life.

Rob Bell, Ph.D., is a sport psychology coach and owner of DRB & Associates, where he works with athletes, coaches and teams, including at Notre Dame University, on achieving peak performance. He is the author of "Don't 'Should' On Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness," co-authored with Bill Parisi.
Link to original article: http://www.parenting.com/child/health/why-playing-multiple-sports%E2%80%94not-just-one%E2%80%94-best-kids


Going to or already in College?
Here are some scholarship opportunities:

Inaugural Tokyu Group Scholarship program in partnership with Aloha Section PGA Foundation
In proud partnership with Tokyu Group, the Aloha Section PGA Foundation is currently accepting applications for the inaugural Tokyu Group scholarship program. The program will recognize Hawaii’s top golf athletes that have excelled both athletically and academically throughout their junior golf careers. The Tokyu Group Scholarship is designed to award one-year educational scholarships. Applicants must be current high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or university in the 2018-2019 academic year. Special awards may be granted based on the availability of funds and discretion of the Aloha Section PGA Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Here is the link to the scholarship site:
www.aspga.com/foundation/tokyu-scholarship/

2  The LPGA Foundation presents multiple scholarship opportunities for all female junior golfers who qualify
Our 2018 scholarships are now available for applications.
We would like as many young women to have the opportunity to receive our scholarships.
These are the three college scholarships that we offer:  
Marilynn Smith – 30 scholarships, $5,000 to those playing collegiate golf  
Dinah Shore – 1 scholarship, $5,000 to someone not playing in college  
Phyllis G. Meekins: 1 scholarship, $1,250 to a minority student who will be playing collegiate golf.  
Here is the link to the scholarship site:  www.girlsgolf.org/about/scholarships 
3  HSJGA COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Hawaii State Junior Golf Association offers annual scholarships, which are available to students currently enrolled or entering college. Awards will be given to a limited number of students annually who complete the application process by the stated deadline and are selected by the HSJGA Scholarship Committee.
Here is the link to the scholarship site: https://www.hsjga.org/scholarships-college-prep/hsjga-college-scholarships/
4  APJC SCHOLARSHIP
The Hilton Grand Vacations corporate scholarship program aims to strengthen and empower families to be their best selves.  The scholarship shall award one male and one female funds for college each year.

Here is the link to the scholarship site: https://www.hsjga.org/scholarships-college-prep/apjc-scholarship/



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