WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — PGA Junior League golf is designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 6 to 13. For the youngsters playing Saturday night at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, it was an opportunity to learn the game without the pressure of winning or losing.
Birck Boilermaker Gold and Black hosted teams from the Crawfordsville and Ulen country clubs. All four teams faced a reduced-length Ackerman Hills golf course.
“They’re playing a two-person scramble and that takes the pressure off of them. They don’t have to have an individual score. Which, hopefully then gets the kids liking the game and wanting to learn more about the game of golf,” says PGA Head Professional Daniel Ross.
“It’s more fun, I think. Because you have a team and its easier if you have a bad hit,” said 12-year-old Sydney Mills.
Mills’ fellow teammate on Birck Boilermaker Gold, Tom Newton, agrees.
“You know you’ll do a lot better than usual because if you hit a bad shot you have to use that in regular golf,” said Mills.
Their opponent on the night, Toby Meyer, from Ulen country club, likes it for a different reason.
“It feels like real golf. There’s lot’s of people watching and you got to have a uniform and everything,” said Meyer, a 9 year old.
His teammate Will Nebesio thinks it’s fun, but full of pressure.
“A lot more fun, but a lot more pressure because you have all the focus on you when you’re hitting your shot,” says Nebesio, a 10 year old.
There are over 100 junior league teams throughout Indiana.