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Programs In Youth Golf

Kids Play Golf

  • KidsPlay Golf is a fun, entry-level introduction to golf designed for girls and boys ages 2-11 with little or no previous experience.
  • Golf clubs and other equipment designed especially for kids are provided for all students. Our Starting New at Golf (SNAG) and Short Golf gear feature plastic color-coded handles to help teach proper grip, oversized club heads, tennis balls and targets.
  • Juniors ages 6-11 train skills with station based practice and ages 2-5 go through a story based golf curriculum called Birdie Basics that allows them to learn golf through fun games and play.
  • The goal is to ensure that kids experience success, which builds confidence and encourages them to continue.

Kids Play Plus

  • Northeastern New York PGA Kids Play Plus League is a weekly opportunity for junior golfers ages 7-17 to play on the course in a low stress 2 person scramble team format. Most matches will be held at the Town of Colonie Golf Course!
  • Our goals is to help juniors succeed at next-level programs like NENY PGA Junior Tour and Drive, Chip & Putt and play rounds of golf with their friends and families!
  • The PGA Jr. League format of team matches played with scramble formats will be incorporated so some weeks may include a head-to-head match against another PGA Jr. League teams.

Join the NENY PGA Junior Tour

  • The PGA NENY Junior Tour offers boys and girls a chance to compete with peers as individuals in separate age/gender divisions: 8-12, 13-15 and 16-18.
  • The Summer Series JGT consists of 10-15 tournaments held mostly on weekdays from the end of June through early August.
  • Juniors who join the NENY PGA Junior Membership (annual fee of $75) are eligible to earn Player of the Year Points. All members receive a junior golf benefits packet.
  • Eligible to participate in unlimited NENY PGA Junior Golf Tour events at a reduced rate
  • Opportunity to build a playing resume through our Advanced BlueGolf Premium Player Feature ($40 fee)
  • NENY Junior Golf news and emails
  • And Many More!

Drive, Chip and Putt

  • Boys and girls of all abilities can try their hand at the fundamental skills of golf: driving, chipping and putting. Any kid can participate – it’s not just for juniors who play regularly. And the competition is completely free!
  • Scoring is based solely on performing the three skills, and competitors get to try each one three times. Kids compete in four age divisions: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15
  • The top performers at the local level advance through sub-regional and regional qualifying rounds, where 80 finalists (40 boys and 40 girls) earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on the eve of the Masters Tournament.

Golf In Schools and Hospitals

Golf in Schools

  • Our local PGA Section and its members are spearheading a grass-roots effort to introduce elementary-age kids to the wonderful sport of golf.
  • Capital Region Schools – NENY Golf In Schools List
    • Harmony Hill Elementary School (Cohoes)
    • Westmere Elementary School (Guilderland)
    • Lake Avenue Elementary School (Saratoga)
    • Cohoes Middle School
    • Stillwater Elementary School
    • Shenendehowa School District (Winter 2020)
    • Waterford Elementary School (Winter 2020)
    • Galway Elementary School

Golf in Hospitals

  • Northeast New York PGA professionals have been using their craft to bring joy to the hospitals where children are recovering and receiving treatments.
  • Setting up driving ranges in the hallways and mini golf courses in various extra rooms give these kids a chance to get out of their day to day serious routines and head into a completely fun environment. We even throw in some instruction to put to the test when their treatment ends!

Junior Scholarship Opportunities

Doug Evans Junior Tour Memorial Scholarship

April 1, 2023: Applications Open & Graduating Juniors will be notified via email
July 30, 2023: Applications Close
September 1, 2023: Scholarship Applicant Selected & Notified (Please allow for 5-7 days for notifications)

PGA Reach NENY has established two (2) scholarships of $2,000 each to high school graduating seniors in the memory of Doug Evans. These funds will be paid directly to the academic institution on the students behalf.

– Must be a current NENY Junior Tour member
– Must have graduated High School during the spring of current scholarship year
– Must have been a member of NENY Junior Tour for 2+ years (current year can be included)
– Must be enrolled/attend an Education Institution in the fall of scholarship year
– Must have an outstanding personal character, sportsmanship, and leadership qualities

Apply Here

Tom DeBerry Junior Regional Player Grant Application Form

April 1, 2023: Applications Open & Graduating Juniors will be notified via email
May 30, 2023: Applications Close
June 15th, 2023: Scholarship Applicant Selected & Notified (Please allow for 5-7 days for notifications)

One grant will be intended to be awarded annually, dependent upon grant submissions and grant amount can range from $1,500-$2,500.

- Be at least 13 years of age and not have graduated high school
- Be a resident of Northeastern New York Section (live within the geographical boundaries of the section)
- Has not received a college scholarship
- Completed all sections of the application
- Provide performance record to include results and scoring details
- Provide a tentative current schedule for this upcoming year

Apply Here

Tom DeBerry NENY Junior Tour Player Grant Assistance

April 1, 2023: Applications Open & Graduating Juniors will be notified via email
May 30, 2023: Applications Close
June 15th, 2023: Scholarship Applicant Selected & Notified (Please allow for 5-7 days for notifications)

The NENY Junior Player Grant will cover (for one season):
- Membership Fee
- $400 in Tournament Entry Fees for that current season

Eligibility for Application (one of the following):
- Receiving free and/or reduced lunches
- Had financial hardship (Healthcare, tuition, elderly care, job loss to due Covid-19, ext.)

Apply Here

Tom DeBerry Player Development Grant Application

April 1, 2023: Applications Open
May 30, 2023: Applications Close
June 15th, 2023: Recipient Selected & Notified (Please allow for 5-7 days for notifications)

An application may be submitted by a person/facility/organization. All programs eligible for grants must already be in existence and have operated or a minimum of one year to be eligible for a grant.

Typical Grant Amounts can range from $500-$1,000 capped at approximately $2,500 and funding can be used for purchase of equipment in the program; instructor and staffing needs, golf/green fees, etc.

Apply Here

Donate Now

If you are interested in donating to our Junior Golf Foundation, please follow the link located to the right. Any donation is greatly appreciated and will help our programs excel exponentially for every junior in the local area.


Zach Follos, PGA Associate

Assistant Director of Operations

For questions about junior programs, use the following contact information for Zach Follos.

Call Zach:  518-932-2848
Email Zach: