The First Tee of Eagle County Tournament Player’s Series:

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The First Tee of Eagle County Tournament Players’ Series:

The Players’ League has changed for this season. Instead of one league for all players, there will be two different tournament series for different levels of players. Younger, less experienced players are encouraged to participate in the PGA Junior League. Please see below for more information on the PGA Junior League. Older and more accomplished players can register to participate in The First Tee Tournament Player’s Series. These events will be open to junior golfers, ages 17 and younger. These will be more competitive individual play tournaments intended for junior golfers who can score and walk 9 holes and keep up playing their own ball. These tournaments will be completely separate from the PGA Junior League. Here is the schedule:

The First Tee of Eagle County Tournament Players’ Series

Format:  Individual 9-hole stroke play

Age Groups:  Boys and Girls Divisions 11-13 years (course length: 2500-2750 yards – boys and girls)    14-17 years (3000-3250 yards – boys, 2500-2750 – girls)

Entry fee:  $20

Awards – Trophies for top 5 players in each division Maximum stroke rule of 10
Groups of three players when possible for speed of play Volunteer / Parent chaperone with each group.
Please call the host golf course at the number listed below to reserve a spot in each event.
  • Frost Creek Country Club (970)-328-2326
  • Cordillera Short Course (970) 926-3988
  • Vail Golf Club (970) 479-2260
  • Eagle Vail Golf Club (970)-949-5267
  • Eagle Ranch Golf Club (970)-328-2882
  • Gypsum Creek Golf Course (970) 524-6200
    • Tee times start at 3:30 p.m. for each event. Please check in by 3:00
    • Format: Individual 9 hole stroke play – Walking –
    • Age Groups: Open to boys and girls ages 11-17
    • Entry fee: $20 CASH ONLY PAID AT CHECK-IN. PLEASE CHECK IN BY 3:00
      • Groups of three players when possible for speed of play
      • All players are required to walk and carry their own bag or use a push/pull cart
      • Volunteer / Parent chaperone with each group. Volunteers are appreciated!
      • Awards – Trophies for top 3 players in each division
      • Maximum stroke rule of 10 per hole
      • Proper golf attire is required. Collared golf shirts, Bermuda shorts or golf slacks

PGA Junior League:

For the last nine years, the First Tee of Eagle County has offered a Monday afternoon Player’s League.  This was a program that offered junior golfers the opportunity to be on a team coached by golf professional and to play some of the beautiful courses in our valley.  The PGA Golf Professionals in Eagle County, who have administered The First Tee Player’s League in the past, recently met and decided to transition to the PGA Junior League.

In 2011, the PGA of America launched a national program called PGA Junior League.  The concept was to create something like baseball’s Little League, but for golf.  This program has seen tremendous growth throughout the country and in Colorado. 

Many of the parameters are the same.  Junior golfers, ages 13 and under, will participate on a team of 10-12 players, receive weekly instruction from a PGA Golf Professional and will have the opportunity to play other courses in weekly matches here in Eagle County.  The price has been set at $175.00 per child, same as last year.

We believe that the changes in format will help us to create a positive, encouraging, and more inclusive experience.  The nine hole format will now be scored in a scramble format.  Eight kids travel as a team where then two kids from our team will play against two kids from the other team on each hole.  They earn a point for each hole that they win.   Every three holes, players have the option to sub in a teammate.  Those who are waiting to play their three holes are coaching, encouraging, reading putts, tending the flagstick, etc.  The parents and coaches stay on the cart path and are mostly quiet, only there if the need arises. 

There is an opportunity for some of the kids to move on to compete at a larger regional level and even potentially play in a National Championship.  We see the benefits of this new program to be that more kids will be able to participate each week and believe the format of the competition will be more fun. 

For more information or to register, go to:  www.pgajlg.com

For a 30 sec commercial spot: https://vimeo.com/139583208

For a 10 min parental informational video: https://vimeo.com/154789845

Here is the direct link to register for the EagleVail Golf Club team: 

https://pgajlg.sportngin.com/register/form/255668829?_ga=1.118886091.336675204.1457731937

Matches will be on Monday afternoons throughout June and July.

Finally, we want to encourage a strong level of commitment and participation from our players and parents.  To make this program successful, we all need to be able to field full teams for each event.  Parents are needed to help supervise a group during competitions as they players from each team will be spread between 4 or 5 foursomes.  Parents are encouraged to participate as spectators (from the cart path)