Player Development

As of today, Thursday March 19th, the OPGA Board of Directors have suspended the OPGA Player Development Grant Program.  As many of you know the funding of this Player Development initiative comes from our participation in pro ams, as well as from the PGA Junior League golf program. Without these events and programs taking place currently, we are unable to properly support this initiative. We will evaluate the opportunity as soon as we get back to playing golf.

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 one of these ideas at your facility.

Grant Program Best Practices

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PHASE 2 – DEADLINE – JUNE 15, 2020

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.

2020 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, 2020.

For PHASE 2, applications are due no later than June 15, 2020.

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. Check out your immediate next steps below and get started today.

Step 1 – Register as a Captain

Click here to register as PGA Junior League Golf Captain. This process can be completed in less than 5 minutes.

Complete all required fields.
Background checks for all PGA Professionals, as a part of the PGA’s Youth Safety Program, are seamlessly integrated into the 2015 registration process. The background screening process will only search an individual’s record for criminal violations that include sexual actions involving children or that are violent in nature. The PGA of America will pay the background screening fee of $5.76 for 2015 and will only be notified of the outcome: pass or fail.
Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation email.
Step 2 – Setup your Captain’s Clubhouse
Within two (2) business days of completing your Captain registration, you will receive an email with a link to your customizable Captain’s Clubhouse. Consider the Captain’s Clubhouse as your facility page, where you can provide relevant facility and team information, including pricing. Your Captain’s Clubhouse will be your facility’s unique page for Player registration.

Once setup, you will also be able to access your Captain’s Clubhouse from the login page.

Step 3 – Register your Players
Use the link provided in your Captain’s Clubhouse to distribute to Players and their parents. At this point, Players are just registering at your facility with you as the Captain. You will assign them to specific teams in a few steps.

We recommend distributing your registration page link to your facility email database, via social media and on your website. You can also customize this physical team flyer with specific registration information, including your Captain’s Clubhouse link. For additional resources to recruit Players and their parents, please visit the Marketing Resource Center and reference the PGA Junior League Golf Frequently Asked Questions.

It is important to note: while Players will need to register online through your Captain’s Clubhouse page, payment will still need to be remitted offline to you, the Captain, as in seasons past.

Step 4 – Form a League

Once your league and its respective Captains have been identified by the PGA Junior League Golf staff, your League page will be created for you. League pages will provide participating Captains, Coaches, Players and Parents with scheduling, scoring and statistics relevant to all teams in their league.

Step 5 – Assign Players and Coaches to Teams
With your players registered and your league identified, it’s now time to add Players to their specific teams.

At the same time your League page is created for you, you will also be provided with a Team page. This page will allow you to add specific players to individual teams, track stats and provide streamlined communication to your Players and their parents. It is similar to your League page, except that it contains actionable information only relevant to your specific team.

Step 6 – Next Steps
You and your Players have now successfully completed the registration process to form a PGA Junior League Golf team!

A PGA Junior League Golf team kit will be sent to you after your team has formed. The team kit includes all necessary scorecards, stickers, bag tags and team jerseys (standard size distribution). You can request a custom team kit with specific jersey sizing, through your Captain’s dashboard.

From here, you’re off and running! Have a great season and use the resources below to help you and your team along the way.

Read the “PGA Junior League Golf Captains Handbook

Drive, Chip & PuttDrive Chip and Putt

The 2020 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 is open now at