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Junior Golf Schedule for Crofton Area Kids

You might expect kids who grow up in Sunbelt states to excel in golf, but you’ll find plenty of junior golfers in Crofton Md and throughout the D.C.- Baltimore area, as well.

Junior Golf opportunities are many in the Baltimore-D.C. areaWith two golf courses in Crofton (Crofton Country Club and Walden Golf Course), kids can literally walk or bike to the course after school and throughout the summer.  Many of them play on their high school teams or compete in inter-club matches, and even compete in the many tournaments throughout the greater D.C. and Baltimore areas.

Competitive junior golf provides a great opportunity for your children to play at various private clubs and experience different golf course architecture and course conditions.  Of course, the greatest benefit may be the lifelong friendships developed among like-minded kids of varying backgrounds and experiences.  Another is the confidence you can have that your children are not hanging out on street corners or getting into trouble.

Here’s a list of several junior golf events for this year that have been favorites in my family, dating back to my own childhood and enjoyed by my children (with the payoff of golf scholarships to college for two of them):

USGA 62nd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship Qualifier.  Worthington Manor Golf Club. June 18.  (Earlier qualifying round was played June 16 at the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis MD)

Format:  36–holes stroke play.  Eligibility:  Male amateur golfers who have not reached 18 by 7/25/09 and have a USGA handicap of 6.4 or less.

75th Frank Emmet Schoolboy Championship.  Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, MD.  June 22-24.

Founded by Frank Emmet as the Metropolitan Schoolboy Golf Championship in 1934, this event was renamed in 1983 to honor him.  Originally a match-play tournament, it is now played as a 54–hole stroke play event.

If there were a patron saint of junior golf, it would likely be Frank Emmet.  He began the junior golf team at Georgetown Prep High School, shortly after arriving in 1927 as the school’s business manager, and encouraged other high schools in the area to form golf teams.  He urged sixty local country clubs throughout the area to allow play by junior golfers and marshaled volunteers together to spread his mantra, “On the course, and off the streets.”  (Possibly paraphrasing, because I’m recalling this from my own junior golf days, decades ago.) 

Frank Emmet was the founder of Junior Golfers of Washington which sponsored several junior golf tournaments in the area and, as a charter member of the USGA Junior Committee, he was a driving force behind establishment of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships.

The number of golfers whose lives he touched is in the thousands, and probably millions by the time you consider their children and grandchildren, including my brothers, sons, nephews and hopefully soon my grandchildren.

Format:  54–holes stroke play, with cuts after each round.  Eligibility:  Open to any boy who played on his high school varsity golf team in 2008–2009, including those who are 18.  Field limited to 108.  Deadline for application is 6/8/09.

Middle Atlantic Golf Association Junior Girls Championship.  International Country Club. June 24.

Format:  2–days 36–holes stroke play. 

Middle Atlantic Golf Association Junior Boys Championship.  Lakewood Country Club, June 25.

33rd Maryland State Golf Association Junior Girls Amateur Championship.  Eisenhower Golf Course, Crownsville, MD.  June 25–26.

Format:  36 holes stroke play in 16–17, 14–15, and 13 & Under age divisions.  Girls 9–11 may opt to play in a separate competition of 2 9–holes rounds.  Eligibility:  Must belong to a MSGA member club and be 9–18 years of age.  Applications due 6/11/09.

85th Junior Amateur, Maryland State Golf Association.  Woodmore, Bowie, MD.  June 29–30. 

Format:  36–holes stroke play, with a cut after the first round.  Eligibility:  Boys age 12 by 6/29/09, but not yet 19 by that date, who are residents of Maryland or members of MSGA member clubs.  All players must have a USGA handicap of 18 or lower.  Entries accepted after 5/3/2009.

USGA Girls Junior Amateur Championship Qualifier.  Merion Golf Club (West Course).  June 30.

Format:  See entry form.  Eligibility:  Girls who have not reached their 18th birthday by 7/25/09 and have an up-to-date handicap not exceeding 18.4

Bobby Bowers Junior Golf Championship.  Springfield Country Club, Springfield, VA.  July 6-9

This event was created to honor Springfield Golf and Country Club’s first head professional, Bobby Bowers.  It is the largest junior tournament in the area and attracts golfers from around the world, with divisions for both girls and boys.

Format: 18-hole stroke play qualifier for 32 spots. Four days of match play.  Eligibility:  Boys and girls who are at least 10 years old but have not reached their 18th birthday by July 15. 

2009 Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational.  Kingsmill, VA.  July 11–12. 

No information has been posted yet, but this link will take you to the page of the MSGA website where it should appear soon.

Jimmy Flattery Junior Tournament Diaper/PeeWee Divisions (Ages 2–10), Hunt Valley Golf & Country Club, Phoenix, MD.  July 21, 4 p.m.

50th Bobby Gorin Memorial Tournament.  Woodmont Country Club, Bethesda, MD.  July 20-22.

Bobby Gorin was a local junior golfer and member of Woodmont Country Club who won the D.C. Junior and qualified to play in the D.C. Amateur in 1959.  A year later his career was cut short by a car accident, en route home from the University of North Carolina for Thanksgiving. 

Format:  18–holes stroke play qualifier for 16 places match play in the 16–17 and 14–15 age groups and 8 places in the 13 & Under age group.  The field is limited to the first 156 entries.  Eligibility:  Any boy who has not reached his 18th birthday by July 20.  Applications are due 7/6/09.

58th Bubby Worsham Memorial.  Glenn Dale Country Club, Glenn Dale, MD.  July 27-29.

The District Junior Open, established as a match play event in 1947, was renamed The Bubby Worsham Memorial two years after the tournament’s first winner died in a car crash.  His best friend, Arnold Palmer, won the first Bubby Worsham Memorial in 1951.

Worsham’s junior golf career included 35 consecutive match play victories, back-to-back high school golf titles, and a golf scholarship to play at Wake Forest.

Format: 54 holes stroke play, with cuts after the 1st and 2nd rounds.  Field limited to 80 players.  Eligibility: Any boy who has reached his 16th birthday by 7/27/09 but not reached his 21st birthday by 7/29/09.  Applications are due 7/13.

87th Bob Riley Junior Open.  Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria. VA.  August 3-4.

The oldest junior golf event in the country is the D.C. Junior Championship, begun in 1922, now known as the Bob Riley Junior Open.  Bob Riley became Frank Emmet’s successor as the head of Junior Golfers of Washington in 1983 and he also served as Director of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association (WMGA) from 1983 – 2003.   

Format: 36–holes stroke play for 16–17, 1–15, and 13 and under, with a cut in each group after the first round.  Field limited to 120 players.  Eligibility:  Boys who have not reached 18 by 8/3/09.  Applications due 7/20/09.

3rd Charles Ridgway Junior Championship.  Argyle Country Club, Silver Spring, MD.  August 6.

A stroke play event for younger boys, honoring a veteran volunteer for junior golf throughout the area.

Format:  18–holes stroke play for 12–13 age group and 9–holes for 10–11 age group.  Eligibility:  Any boy who has reached 10, but not 14, by 8/6/09.  Field limited to 36 in the older age group and 12 entries in the younger age group.  Deadline for application is 7/30/09.

27th Dewey Rickets Memorial.  Hidden Creek Country Club, Reston, VA. August 10–12.

The first stroke play event established in the area for junior golfers, originally known as the “Dewey Rickets Cup” to honor the long-time pro at Brook Manor Country Club.  

Format:  54–hole stroke play in two age groups, 16–17 and 14–15, with cuts after the first two rounds.  Eligibility:  Boys who reach 14 by 8/10/09, but not reached their 18 by 8/12/09.  Field limited to the first 90 entries in the 16–17 age group and 45 in the 14–15 age group.  Deadline for application is 7/27/09.

Be sure to check with Crofton Country Club and Walden Golf Course for information about their junior golf programs and club events for kids.  If you live in Bowie, golf memberships are FREE for kids at the Bowie Golf & Country Club on Rt. 197.

Focus On Crofton cannot attest to the accuracy or totality of this information, which was collected from numerous sources.  A link is provided to the official entry form for each event, where you will find all the details.

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