Washington Junior Golf gets the kids going on right track

Updated: June 29, 2010

Since 1977, when the program was started by Joan Teats, WJGA has been providing a competitive golf program in Washington and northern Idaho for boys and girls from ages 8-17. The office staff includes Jerry Fehr, Executive Director, Chris Curtiss (Joan Teat’s daughter) as Director of Operations, and Jenn Milbourn as part time Administrative Assistant. Only with the help of many loyal volunteers are we able to produce this outstanding program, and we can never thank those volunteers enough to recognize what they do.

While the WJGA does not teach kids to play golf, we do provide the competitive environment and teach them life skills such as personal responsibility, good sportsmanship, integrity, facing adversity and to play by the Rules of Golf. Our membership usually includes about 1,000 to 1,100 juniors

The program operates in six districts, with each district holding four sub-district tournaments. Performance in these events determines which players qualify to play in the two-day district championship in July. At the district championships the field for the three-day State Championship is determined.

Some of the names that have played or are playing on professional tours are Fred Couples, Rick Fehr, Jeff Gove, Kirk Triplett, Tracy Hanson, Brock Mackenzie, Paige Mackenzie, Troy Kelly, Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Michael Putnam, Jess Daley and Alex Prugh.

See WJGA.net for more info.