Playing Member Event Descriptions

Use the tabs to learn about the different types of events available to our Playing Member Division.

  • Single Day Events

    18 Hole Playing Member Stroke Play Events
    These events are 18-hole individual stroke play competitions. They were designed to allow IJGA members to compete at golf courses near home, and are great events for both first-time IJGA competitors and those looking to hone their competitive records without having to travel outside of the Chicagoland area.  Tee time ranges for each Playing Member Stroke Play event vary.  Please check the tournament information page for tee time ranges and general event information. Player of the Year Points will be based on the final division field size.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Sr. Boys (16-18)
    Jr. Boys (14-15)
    6,000-6,500
    Sr. Girls (16-18)
    Jr. Girls (14-15)
    5,200- 5,800
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    Varies depending on host facility

    $60

    $67

    Tournament Entry Fee

    Tournament Entry Fee
    and Range Balls

  • Multi-Day Events

    Dupage County Junior Classic
    DuPage County Junior Classic – The DuPage County Junior Classic is a pre-season 36-hole individual stroke play competition within age/gender divisions. This event has been contested for 13 years and is one of the most anticipated events of the junior golf season in the state of Illinois. As with the IJGA Major Championships, AJGA Exemptions and Junior Golf Scoreboard recognition are available to the top finisher in each division. Serves as qualifier for the IMG Junior World Championships.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    See Playing Member Event Descriptions for 13 year old eligibility.
    Boys 15-18
    Boys 13-14
    6,200-6,600
    6,200-6,600
    Girls 13-18 5,600-6,000
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    384 PLAYERS
    144:16-18 year old boys
    48:16-18 year old girls
    144:14-15 year old boys
    48:14-15 year old girls
    $200 Tournament Entry Fee
    Lunch
    Driving Range
    Players Challenge Events
    Players Challenge events are designed for ages 14-18, both male and females that are looking to transition from playing in one day tournaments to nationally recognized events. All junior golfers will play 36-holes as there will not be a cut after the first round. Players will be repaired for the second round based on their first round score.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 14-18 6,400-6,800
    Girls 14-18 5,600-5,900
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    120 Boys
    30 Girls
    $185 Tournament Entry Fee for 2 rounds, Tee Gift, lunch, & driving range
  • Championships

    Illinois State Junior Amateur (ISJA) (Boys Only)
    The highest level of IJGA competition, the ISJA Championship is intended to highlight the best players in the IJGA while giving players in the respective events opportunities to earn American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Performance Stars. The ISJA is open to boys ages 12-18 as of 08/15/2017, however, players turning 19 after the event date but before 08/15/2017 ARE eligible to compete. All players MUST be residents of the state of Illinois. Players must be exempt or have qualified at one of the six (6) local qualifiers. All qualifying events are filled on a first come, first-served basis. The championship is a 54-hole Individual Stroke Play event, the top 50 and ties after 36 holes make the cut for the final 18 holes.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys, Illinois residency required
    Ages 12-18*
    Qualifiers: 6,200-6,600
    Championship Rounds: 6,700+
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    Qualifiers: 120 PLAYERS
    Championship: 156 PLAYERS Rds 1 & 2
    Cut to: Top 50 and ties after 36 holes

    Qualifier- $100

    Additional $175 for Championship

    $100 Qualifier Entry Fee, and if player qualifies for Championship, there is an additional $175 for Championship Entry Fee. Tee Gift , Lunch after either 1st or 2nd round at the championship only, lunch for round 3 players only & Driving Range at the championship only
    Chick Evans Junior Amateur Championship (CEJA)
    The highest level of IJGA competition, the Chick Evans Junior Amateur is intended to highlight the best players in the IJGA while giving players in the respective event opportunities to gain EXEMPTIONS to American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events. The CEJA is open to boys and girls age 18 and under who are exempt or who have qualified via one of six (6) qualifiers. (5 qualifying opportunities for boys; 3 qualifying opportunities for girls). All events are filled on a first come, first-served basis. BOYS – 36 hole Individual Stroke Play(Monday/Tuesday) qualifying for match play cut to low 32 boys for match play, followed by up to five (5) rounds of match play. GIRLS – 36 hole Individual Stroke Play(Monday/Tuesday) qualifying for match play, players cut to low 16 girls for match play, followed by up to four (4) rounds of match play.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys and Girls, Illinois Residency Required
    Ages 12-18*
    Qualifiers:
    Boys: 6,200-6,600
    Girls: 5,400-5,800
    Championship Rounds:
    Boys: 6,700+
    Girls: 5,600+
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    Qualifiers: 120 PLAYERS each
    Championship: 192 PLAYERS Rds 1 & 2
    (156 boys, 36 girls)
    Cut to: 32 boys, 16 girls into match play

    Qualifier- $100

    Additional $175 for Championship

    $100 Qualifier Entry Fee, and, if player qualifies for Championship, there is an additional $175 for Championship.  (2 rounds stroke play and up to 5 rounds match play), Tee Gift , Lunch after either 1st or 2nd round during stroke play rounds, lunch match play participants each day & Driving Range access (off-site)
    CDGA Junior Amateur
    The CDGA Jr. Amateur is one of the oldest junior events in the Midwest dating back to pre-WWII and the oldest junior tournament the IJGA operates each year. Comparable to an IJGA Open in field size, the CDGA Jr. event boasts a highly competitive field and as a result, the level of Player of the Year points awarded to top finishers are larger. As with the IJGA Major Championships, AJGA Exemptions and Junior Golf Scoreboard recognition are available to the top finisher in each division.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 14-18 6,200-6,600
    Girls 14-18 5,600-6,000
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    192 PLAYERS
    156:14-18 year old boys
    36:14-18 year old girls
    $185 Tournament Entry Fee for 2-3 rounds (boys cut to low 30 and ties for 54 holes, girls 36), Tee Gift, Lunch (either after 1st or 2nd round) & driving range.
    Player of the Year Championship
    INVITATION ONLY a one-day 36 hole Individual Stroke Play Event (morning & afternoon wave shotgun starts). This event is the highest level of IJGA competition each year and the Player of the Year Championship is intended to highlight the best players in the IJGA while giving players in the respective event opportunities to gain PBE to American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events. The POY is an invitation only event for boys and girls ages 14-18 based on their Player of the Year Point total as of the first Friday in August each year.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 14-18 6,200-6,600
    Girls 14-18 5,600-5,900
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    96 PLAYERS
    39 Senior Boys
    36 Junior Boys
    15 Senior Girls
    9 Junior Girls
    $100 Tournament Entry Fee
    36-holes
    Range Balls
    Lunch
    Tee Gift
  • Parent/Junior

    Parent /Junior
    These “pre-season” tournaments are held on Saturdays at IJGA host facilities. Juniors may play with mother, father or legal guardian. Parent/Juniors are excellent events to prepare for the upcoming season by familiarizing parents and members with the tournament process: registration, rules, scoring and etiquette. These events do not offer player of the year points.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Four gender divisions: Father/Son; Father/ Daughter; Mother/Daughter; and Mother/Son Parents play from mens’ and ladies’ tees. Juniors play from Playing Event Yardages
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    96 Players/48 Teams $200 3 Pre-Season events held on Saturdays in the Spring
  • Special Events

    Other Events

    Other events include:
    INVITATION ONLY Medinah Shriners Junior Invitational 
    – an annual event benefiting the Medinah Country Shrine and the Chicago Shriners Hospital for Children. The IJGA has donated nearly $200,000 to the Shriners Hospital for Children since this event’s inception.  This one-day, invite-only event, is a 36-hole stroke play competition for boys and girls 14-18 and is recognized by both JGS and AJGA.  This is not a Player of the Year point awarding event. The 2018 event will be held on May 21, at Medinah Country Club. Use the following links to see the invitation criteria for each division: Boys & Girls. Please note that this event is a first come, first served and will fill up quickly. Invitations are expected to be sent out in January for this event.
    INVITATION ONLY The “Rog,” a yearly IJGA event that is dedicated to the memory of Roger T. Ulseth, the first paid IJGA Executive Director. This unique event, inaugurated in 1994, features select 12-person teams from our four divisional Player of the Year Point Lists. The top six players from each division qualify for the event. The event’s unique format will sees each teams seeded players in each flight/divisions paired together (in threesomes). The event is contested at Rich Harvest Links in Sugar Grove. Click here for more information about The Rog

    Maggie Rogers Open This is an annual girls-only event contested at Inverness Country Club and dedicated to the memory of Maggie Rogers. This event is one of the most anticipated events for junior girls in the state of Illinois. This is an 18-hole Individual Stroke Play Event. There are two divisions within the Maggie Rogers: Sr. Girls (16-18) and Jr. Girls (14-15). Prizes are awarded for the low Senior Girls and Junior Girls. An overall Grand Champion is also named for the overall event champion.
    IJGA 2-Person Fourball – This tournament is for ages 14-18. The tournament will consist of 2 person teams playing 18 holes . There will be a Boys division and a Girls division, but no age divisions.  You and your partner will play each hole, the better score between you will be recorded as your team score.
    Challenge Cup – Team IJGA competes against the Prep Tour for the Challenge Cup. Team IJGA is comprised of 3 captain picks, 3 Boys ages 16-18, 3 Boys ages 14-15, 3 Girls ages 14-18 and 2 Boys ages 12-13. Qualifying for the IJGA Challenge Cup Team will be based on the current year’s Player of the Year points race, excluding the Captain Picks. The format is one day of foursomes matches and one day of singles matches. Click here for more information about the Challenge Cup