Youth on Course hosts first Club tournament

This past weekend, SCGA Youth on Course hosted more than 40 junior golfers at Woodley Lakes GC in the inaugural Youth on Course Club tournament. Created to introduce Youth on Course members to competitive play, the tournament was played by the Rules of Golf with SCGA Youth on Course staff assisting golfers with rulings on the course, proper golf etiquette, pace of play and scoring.

Most of the juniors who participated in the tournament were new to competitive golf, and were excited to experience another side of the game. For parents, the affordability of the program was also a perk.

“YoC is providing great opportunities to junior golfers,” said Richard Canales, father of Youth on Course Club members Olivia and Caroline. “A tournament for $20? These programs are fantastic!”

Along with being affordable, the tournament helped juniors improve their game, and some kids experienced some monumental firsts.

“I always wanted to birdie a par-5 hole,” said Juliae Shoda, who carded her first birdie in regulation play on Sunday. “Youth on Course helped me improve my game and achieve that goal.”

Participants were separated into flights by age and Handicap Index. The tournament was played as a nine-hole gross stroke play event for age groups 7-9, 10-12 and 13-18 that did not have an established Handicap Index. Those golfers between the ages of 10 and 18 with an established Handicap Index played 18 holes of stroke play, and were awarded gross and net prizes.

Final Results:

Flights without an established Handicap Index (nine holes):

7-9 age group: Lincoln Melcher - 38 gross (pictured)

10-12 age group: Nikhil Kapoor - 40 gross

13-18 age group: Benjamin Stein - 40 gross

Flights with an established Handicap Index:

10-12 age group (nine holes): Jessie Song - 44 gross, Justin Wallender - 37 net

13-18 (18 holes): Michael Padilla - 71 gross, Roman Aragon - 69 net

Click here for photos from the event.

The next Club tournament will be held at Rancho Carlsbad GC on Nov. 17. For more information, click here.

Club tournaments are open to all certified YoC Club members. Not a YoC Club member? Click here to find out how to sign up!