Player Development

Thank for your interest in Player Development!  This page has been established to provide you with ideas to grow golf at your facility and hopefully generate inspiration and encouragement for more programs and events at your facility. The Oregon Chapter Board, Player Development Committee Members and Staff,  are dedicated to providing you support in meeting your goals in Player Development and Player Retention.  Attached below is the Player Development Grant Program “Best Practices” from all of our Chapter and PNW Section grant recipients.  These grants are made possible through PGA Junior League Golf support and all of our regular pro ams throughout the season.  Please read through these and see if you may be able to incorporate any of these ideas at your facility.

Grant Program Best Practices

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PHASE 2 – DEADLINE – MAY 31, 2021

The Oregon Chapter of the Pacific Northwest Section is proud to present the OPGA PLAYER DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM. This initiative reflects our commitment to growing the game of golf in Oregon.

This opportunity is available to Oregon Chapter PGA Members and PGA Associates in good standing who seek funding to help support their own Player Development programs. This program is focused on both ADULT and JUNIOR programming. Our approach will be specifically broad and we encourage you to think outside the box.

Our goals are to provide as many grants as possible, with a maximum of $500 per grant. We will focus on enhancing your programs rather than fully funding them.

As this program evolves, we are looking to you to help define the needs of professionals in the Oregon Chapter.   Do you need funding to buy rental sets for your beginner classes, do you need funding for a meet and greet reception to introduce Get Golf Ready, do you want to host an ice cream social for junior golf, do you want to offer scholarships to potential students to pay ½ their registration fees, do you need part of the cost of a booth at the Home Show? The list could be endless. The Committee will consider all requests and your applications will help us expand our vision on what programs should be considered.

The attached application is designed to be efficient to complete, but please provide sufficient details. At the end of the grant we’ll have two requests. First, provide documentation on the use of the funds and second, write a short one page “Best Practice” on your program that we can share with other professionals through our web site.

The Grant Application is available as a Word file, simply type your responses to each question. If the file grows to additional pages, that’s ok, we certainly welcome the detail.  Click below for the template.

2021 OPGA Grant Application Word Document

This year we are again offering the OPGA Grant program in two phases.

For PHASE 1, applications are due no later than March 31, 2021.

For PHASE 2, applications are due no later than May 31, 2021.

Please email your completed WORD document to

Handbook Cover for advertisingWelcome to Golf

– A handbook for new and returning players- by Harold Bluestein

This handbook was designed with the new and returning golfer in mind to help ease them back into the golf scene.  If you are interested in receiving complimentary copies of these books for your own Player Development programs, please contact Dominic Marconi via email at to receive your FREE books.  He will be giving these away, while supplies last.  Click here for a sample of what the book has to offer to your students.

PGA Junior League Golf

Great! So you’ve decided that PGA Junior League Golf is the right youth golf program for your facility’s overall player development strategy. 

Drive, Chip & PuttDrive Chip and Putt

The 2021 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions in four age categories: 7-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old.

Registration opens March 1 at