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MJGA Mission Statement: "Dedicated to promoting the game of golf, along with its core values, and honorable traditions, to the youth of Mississippi, and by accomplishing such, developing future leaders and positive ambassadors for the state of Mississippi.”
History: The Mississippi Junior Golf Association was founded in 2000. However, several tournaments date back prior to the founding of the association. The Cup Matches began in 1999 and were in the beginning a team from North Mississippi versus a team from South Mississippi. This format of team selection was changed in 2006 when the points series was used to evenly place junior golfers on the Nicklaus Team or Palmer Team.
In 2011 the Mississippi Junior Golf Association was approached by Wyatt Boyett from Louisiana to start a ryder cup format of matches between Louisiana junior golfers and Mississippi junior golfers. The matches were a huge success and in 2013 the Louisiana Golf Association became involved to assist in the matches and be part of the team selection of Louisiana junior golfers. The Mississippi team has won the Junior River Cup the past 5 years. Mississippi will host the matches in 2016.
Until 2012, the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur were separate with the Girls Junior Amateur being hosted by the Mississippi Women's Golf Association. During this 2012 season, the two amateurs were merged and played at the Country Club of Jackson at one time. The championship was successful and has continued to be hosted at the same time from that point forward.
Eligibility: MJGA Membership is open to boys and girls through the summer immediately following graduation from high school or their 19th birthday, whichever comes first. Players must be bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi and MJGA members to be eligible to compete in MJGA Events and the MS Boys and Girls Junior Amateur. Eligibility also applies to the junior cup teams as well. Juniors representing Mississippi must be residents of the state of Mississippi and current MJGA members for 60 continous days prior to the matches. MJGA points will only be awarded to current MJGA Members and residents of the state of Mississippi. Since the MJGA players are minors, the parents/guardian's residency will be used to determine if the players are eligible for MJGA Events, MS Junior Amateur, MS Junior Teams, and BankPlus Junior Pro Am. See Tournament Policies for which MJGA Tournaments require residency.
MJGA Players Creed: MJGA Participants will play by the rules governing play set by the MJGA Tournament Committee. All Players are responsible for protecting the integrity of the game and the competitiveness of MJGA Tournaments. All players should leave the course in better shape when they leave, than when they arrived. Please be considerate of your fellow competitors and notify an MJGA Tournament Official before the conclusion of the Tournament of any questions according to the rules of play.
Information/Age Groups: Boys Division A 16 – 18 year olds, Division B 14 – 15 year olds: these groups will play 18 holes from a tee measuring 6,300 – 7,000 yards in total course length. Division C 12 – 13 year olds will play 18 holes from a tee measuring 5,600 to 6,200 yards in total course length. Division D 10 – 11 year olds will play 9 holes from a tee measuring 2,400 to 2,800 yards. Division E 9 & under will play 9 holes from 100 – 300 yards per hole and may have a caddie. Girls Division A 13 -18 year olds will play 18 holes from a tee measuring 5,500 – 6,000 yards in total course length. Girls Division D 10 – 12 year olds will play 9 holes from a tee measuring 2,400 – 2,800 yards in total course length. Girls Division E will play 9 holes measuring 100 – 300 yards per hole. A player may play up one age group if they desire. This must be indicated when entering.
The age you will be on June 1, 2016 will be the age division you participate in for the 2016 season.
The Randy Watkins Junior Championship is the first tournament to count for the 2016 points system.
Please click here for a form to register for an MJGA 2016 Membership.