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COVID-19 Update

COVID – 19 Update | Monday, May 18

We hope that you have been able to get out and enjoy playing golf now that it has been back up and running since the start of the month, what a great way to get outside for some activity and to enjoy a game you all love! Please remember to follow the guidelines that are in place as it is OUR collective responsibility to contribute to keeping the environment safe for all. We continue to work closely with industry leaders and will have some exciting news regarding a junior golf event soon!

New Schedule Changes

  • The King Auto Group State Junior Championships – 12 & U, June 16th/17th and 13-18 June 30th/July 1st have been postponed
  • The Girls Junior Americas Cup Team Event has been cancelled – July 19th – 23rd
  • The Boys Junior Americas Cup Team Event has been cancelled – July 26th – 30th
  • The Mary Cave Cup Team Event has been cancelled – Aug 3rd – 5th
  • The Eddie Hogan Cup Team Event has been cancelled – Aug 7th – 9th

New Activities and Updates

  • Remember to take some time to review our recent webinars on our website regarding The Rules of Golf, Sports Science and College Preparations. The Aloha Section PGA Members are currently conducting educational webinars on Friday mornings, which we will continue to pass along to you.
  • HSJGA Players Cards are being created to profile our membership and help our followers get to know a little more about you. Please check your email for our requirements.
  • The HSJGA Athlete Assistance Program is on hold until we know more about the future of our championship schedule.

Thank you so much for your patience and interest in junior golf. We will continue to update you on the activities of the HSJGA.

COVID – 19 Update | Wednesday, May 6

Aloha Members,

On behalf of the HSJGA, I just wanted to let you know that we continue to evaluate the rapidly changing environment through government leadership and conversations with our industry partners. We are happy to report that golf is viewed as a low risk activity/business and courses begin to reopen and follow important guidelines that have been put in place. Tournament play with large groups will be looked at closely within phase two and three of reopening, we hope to know more soon. Please make sure that you do your part to be respectful of these guidelines (found on our website) at the course you play so that we can all continue to enjoy this great game!

 

New Schedule Changes and Cancellations

  • The USGA Junior Amateur (July 20-25) and Girls’ Junior Amateur (July 13-18) have been cancelled therefore we have had to cancel the qualifiers that we conduct on behalf of the HSGA and USGA.
  • The Girls Junior Americas Cup (July 19-23) has been cancelled

New Activities and Updates

  • Remember to take some time to review our recent webinars on our website regarding The Rules of Golf, Sports Science and College Preparations. The Aloha Section PGA Members are currently conducting educational webinars on Friday mornings, which we will continue to pass along to you.
  • HSJGA Players Cards are being created to profile our membership and help our followers get to know a little more about you. Please check your email for our requirements.
  • The HSJGA Scholarships are now open for graduating seniors and alumni in pursuit of a college education. The entry deadline of May 15th is quickly approaching.

Thank you so much for your patience and interest in junior golf. We will continue to update you on the activities of the HSJGA.

COVID – 19 Update | Friday, May 1

Golf courses around the State of Hawaii will be allowed to re-open starting Friday, May 1 with special safety guidelines that players should follow.  Download the procedures as recommended by the Aloha Section PGA here.

COVID-19 Update | Monday, April 20

Aloha Members,

On behalf of the HSJGA, I just wanted to let you know that we continue to evaluate the rapidly changing environment through government leadership and conversations with our industry partners. Through these avenues, we will continue to keep you up to date on the golf industry and our events. We hope that you are all staying healthy and have found ways to increase your education and activity in these difficult times. Here is an update on HSJGA activities as of April 20th, 2020.

Schedule Changes and Cancellations
  • The IMG Academy Junior World Championship that was set for July 4th – 11th has been cancelled after much consideration by their Board of Directors. In alignment with this decision, we will be cancelling our qualifier which was scheduled for June 8th and 9th at Kahili Golf Course on Maui. Obviously this is very disappointing for everyone involved and those of you looking to qualify this year.
  • The HHSAA State Championships scheduled for May 12th – 15th at Wailua Golf Course on Kauai have been cancelled. 
New Activities and Updates
  • The HSJGA “Golf is Beautiful” art contest is now complete and congratulations to the winners Teal Matsueda (13-18) and Arianna Bell (7-12).
  • We recently partnered with the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship which will be televised on Golf Channel in November. Our 11-12 and 13-18 King Auto State Junior Champions will have a spot in that field as long as we are able to conduct our championships this year.
  • Keep a close eye on our educational webinars. Mary Bea Porter-King and Ryan Toole continue to deliver important rules information and have worked through rules 1-11. Additionally, I was joined by Adam Scott’s strength and conditioning/ movement coach, David Darbyshire and he provided some great information on injury prevention, warming up for events and training properly to be the best athlete that you can be. David will be joining us again the week of April 20th while Mary Bea and Ryan are set for Wednesday April 22nd at 5:00pm. Check your emails in order to join us for these sessions.
  • The HSJGA Scholarships are now open for graduating seniors and alumni in pursuit of a college education. Please check our website for more information.
  • The Athlete Assistance Program is currently on hold until we know more about our tournament schedule along with key mainland events.
We would like to recommend that you continue to plan your junior golf schedule by registering for our future events as they open and we will add you to our pending list of registrations that will not be charged.
Thank you so much for your patience and interest in junior golf. We will continue to update you on the activities of the HSJGA.

COVID-19 Update | Friday, April 3

Aloha Members of the HSJGA,

On behalf of the HSJGA, I just wanted to let you know that we continue to evaluate the rapidly changing environment and hope that you are all staying healthy and have found ways to increase your education and stay active in these difficult times. Here is an update on HSJGA activities.

Schedule Changes and Cancellations
  • Hawaii Junior Golf Day has been postponed and we will be looking at opportunities to reschedule this fall.
  • The four 14 and U JTS events have been cancelled and we will reevaluate the feasibility of conducting later this year.
  • The Optimist International Championship has been cancelled and therefore we have had to cancel our qualifier.
  • US Open Local Qualifiers and US Women’s Open Qualifiers have been cancelled and the USGA is evaluating their options for how to qualify through the various regions around the world.
New Activities and Updates
  • The HSJGA has a “Golf is Beautiful” art contest. Please check out HSJGA on instagram and facebook for more information and the upcoming deadline.
  • On April 1st, Mary Bea Porter-King (HSJGA President) and Ryan Toole (HSJGA Director of Tournament Operations) conducted a rules education webinar for all members. These webinars will be running every wednesday at 5:00pm throughout the month of April and include the key situations that you will encounter while playing tournament golf. In addition to our rules education webinars, we will continue to conduct college education webinars with special guests from the NCAA. Keep an eye on your email as we release more information.
  • The HSJGA Scholarships are now open for graduating seniors and alumni in pursuit of a college education. Please check our website for more information.
  • The Athlete Assistance Program is currently on hold until we know more about our tournament schedule along with key mainland events.
We would like to recommend that you continue to plan your junior golf schedule by registering for our future events as they open and we will add you to our pending list of registrations that will not be charged.

Thank you so much for your patience and interest in junior golf. We will continue to update you on the activities of the HSJGA.Sincerely,

Matt Rollins

Executive Director
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COVID-19 Update | Wednesday, March 18

Aloha Members of the HSJGA,

On behalf of the HSJGA, I would like to say thank you for your emails and phone calls over the past few weeks, we value your opinions and feedback on the current situation regarding COVID-19. We have now had time to consult with our Staff, Board and Industry Partners and In an effort to keep you all safe and to fall in line with other organizations and event leaders, we have made the decision to cancel the first three events on our schedule – 14 and U JTS Maui, Oahu and Big Island. We will continue to monitor information provided by government officials and industry leaders as we determine the future for these events and the rest of our schedule. We would like to recommend that you continue to plan your junior golf schedule by registering for our future events as they open and we will add you to our pending list of registrations that will not be charged. We would also like to encourage you to continue getting outside to enjoy the game that you love in an effort to support local facilities and remain active in this difficult time.

Our office members are working from home and answering emails/phone calls so feel free to reach out!  We are working on new projects to connect with you online through social media, website and webinars.  We also have something fun planned for members to earn some points so stay tuned.

Thank you so much for your patience and interest in junior golf. We will continue to update you on the activities of the HSJGA.

Sincerely,

Matt Rollins
Executive Director