Registration is now underway for young aspiring golfers to play in the upcoming season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour.
The schedule includes three golf academies that focus on instruction in all phases of the game, two “Golf by the Rules” clinics in which the player receives on course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and eight tournaments including the season ending two-day tour championship.
Competitive golf is a bit different in 2019 due to sweeping changes in the rules designed by the United States Golf Association and the R&A (the established center for competitive golf located in St. Andrews, Scotland).
Offering two “Golf by the Rules” clinics will help these young players become more familiar with the changes and learn to play according to the new requirements.
Highlighting the schedule is a return to the beautiful Greenbrier Resort. The tour was last scheduled there in 2015 but the event was cancelled due to the devastating flood that occurred in July of that year.
Director of Tour Operations Dewayne Belcher commented on the return to the Greenbrier.
“We are very fortunate to be able to offer these junior players the experience of the Greenbrier. There is so much history there and the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the Greenbrier tradition makes for a memorable occasion” he said.
Other tournament sites include: Tazewell County Country Club (Pounding Mill), The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech (Radford), Wytheville Golf Club (Wytheville) , Glade Springs Resort (Daniels, WV), Fincastle on the Mountain (Bluefield), Great Oaks Country Club (Floyd) and Pipestem Resort State Park (Pipestem, WV).
All of these sites offer a challenging 18-hole venue and provide an excellent setting for the junior golfer to learn game fundamentals and the rules with an opportunity for competition.
Because of the generosity and hospitality of the host clubs and golf courses, the tour continues to grow. Numerous volunteers from each host site enrich the experience of each event by making the participants feel welcomed and important.
The tour is open to boys and girls up to age 18. Academies and rules clinics begin in late May and continue through early June. Tournaments are scheduled for June and July.
The application fee is $25 and includes a BRJGT cap, bag tag, ball mark repair tool, and a current USGA Rule Book.
Anyone interested in being a part of the tour can find an application form at area golf courses or on the website www.brjgt.com or call (276) 326-2089 or the BRJGT cell at (276)345-8786.
—-Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tournament