Team Golf serves as a fun, social, less stressful approach to tournament play and is a great way to get kids involved with the game of golf in a team environment. The basic premise is to create a team atmosphere for young golfers, not much different than what you see in youth soccer and baseball leagues. Similar to these sports, teams have weekly practices where golf instruction is provided by local PGA and LPGA Professionals serving as team coaches at public and private golf facilities throughout South Florida. Leagues are separated by county and weekly tournaments are held during the summer and fall months for area teams in each league.
Team Golf is designed specifically for kids ages 6-14 and offers two distinct levels:
The Junior level is for beginning and intermediate players who do not possess extensive tournament experience, and offers an introduction through 6-hole or 9-hole team play. This level is designed to be a “stepping stone” into individual stroke play tournaments for those junior golfers who are learning the game.
The Masters level is for intermediate and advanced players through 9-hole team play, those players that have graduated out of the Junior level or those advanced players looking to further their competitive tournament experience are eligible to participate. Within the Masters level, teams will compete towards the season ending Team Golf Championship.
NOTE: If you do not currently work with a PGA or LPGA Professional, but would like to participate in Team Golf, please call the SFPGA office at 561-729-0544 and we can assist you in finding a team.
In order to participate in Team Golf, players must be a member of both the SFPGA Foundation and a sanctioned team in the SFPGA Team Golf program. The SFPGA Foundation membership fee is an annual fee of $50. This membership includes a team colored golf shirt, hat, tote bag, rules book, belt and more. Each Team Golf tournament that a player participates in will cost $25. Prices for team practices and instruction will vary by each golf facility and the PGA or LPGA Professional (team coach).
Team Golf tournaments consist of six players from each team that form three (3) two-person teams. The format will be a two-person Scramble, playing 6 or 9-holes. Each two-person team will be awarded a designated number of points based upon their finish against all other teams. Points earned are then added together to create the team’s overall point total. Awards are distributed based on overall team point totals and will be given to individuals on the top finishing teams.
All Team Golf participants will compete from age and gender specific yardages. Tees will be set at modified yardages and advertised to all players via the local rules sheet they are given before play begins. There will be four sets of tees which range from 1200 yards to 2200 yards (depending on age and gender of the player).
RULE OF PLAY
Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf and its Decisions. However, a number of player friendly rules are incorporated to ensure the mission is upheld. A stroke limit on each hole, triple bogey, is in effect for all tournaments. Additionally, a one stroke maximum out of bunkers is applied. Players are allowed to take their nearest point of relief outside of the bunker should both players in the two-person team fail to extricate their ball from the bunker after one attempt.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about Team Golf, please contact Adam Foegen at 561-301-3939 or the South Florida PGA at 561-729-0544.