START PLAYING EARLY!
Your daughter or granddaughter might have the potential to be the next Michelle Wie…if she starts playing golf at an early age. Michelle started playing golf at four years old and not long after she could drive the ball over 100 yards. By age 12, her drive was over 300 yards! Lexi Thompson is another great example of starting golf at a young age. By 12, Lexi was the youngest female ever to qualify for the U.S. Open and at 15 she turned pro. She obviously didn’t start playing at 12! She had time to improve her game when she was young
So what are you waiting for? Get your girls out on the course and teach them to play young. Our motto is “if they can walk, they can play!” There are local, regional and national organizations and resources that are great for training youths to play golf. They vary from affordable to very expensive, so do your homework and find the best fit for your daughter or granddaughter.
Golf Training Resources
The First Tee: This national organization that provides golf-training programs to kids between ages 5 to 18 through:
- More than 200 community chapters provide the Life Skills Experience curriculum at more than 700 golf-programming locations. The Life Skills Experience teaches kids life lessons and leadership skills using golf as the driving force.
- The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf to elementary school students during physical education classes in more than 6,000 schools. The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits provide an introduction to golf while instilling positive personal and social values translate into other aspects of life and teach basic golf motor skills.
- DRIVE is an after school program designed for use by youth activity organizations. The program features 18 golf Activity Plans designed to provide fun while nurturing The First Tee’s Nine Core Values (respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, integrity).
- The First Tee provides golf and life skills instruction to the children of servicemen and women. These programs are available to children of U.S. Armed Forces on 100 installations in the U.S. and 20 overseas, along with children of National Guardsmen and Reservists.
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a national program with chapters nationwide. The club’s main focus is to provide support and golf training to girls ages 6 to 17. The goal is to use golf to instill the values that are inherent to the game, provide competition in a fun, supportive environment and develop positive self-esteem and confidence. To find a local chapter, visit the website and search by state.
Junior Golf Lessons and Tournaments
When your junior would like to compete at a higher-level than simply recreational play, look for junior tours near you. The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) website lists a variety of youth tournaments. To gauge if the tournament is right for your junior player, ask what the average score is for competition. Most of the time the First Tee and LPGA girls golf clubs will be able to steer you in the right direction. Parents of other juniors are also an awesome resource in recommending competitive junior tour play.
OTHER JUNIOR GOLF RESOURCES
The following websites will allow you to view various national programs that promote Junior Golf. Local golf associations frequently promote junior programs as well.