Youth Development Program Event Descriptions

Use the tabs to learn about the different types of events available to the
members of our Youth Development Program.

  • 9 Hole Playing Events

    9 Hole Playing Events
    These events are 9-hole individual stroke play competitions. Juniors compete within their specific age/gender divisions. The 8-9 year old age divisions will require a chaperone to walk with them at all times. The 10-13 year old divisions are allowed to have spectators. These events are mostly contested on par-3 courses, but a couple of these events will be on full length 9-hole courses. Points will be awarded for this type of event for the 10-13 year old divisions. The system will use a scaled down version of the 18-hole event points structure.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 8-9
    Boys 10-11
    Boys 12-13
    1,000 – 3,000
    Girls 8-9
    Girls 10-11
    Girls 12-13
    1,000 – 2,400
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes

    90 PLAYERS

     

    $35

    $40

    Tournament Entry Fee

    Tournament Entry Fee & Range Balls

    9 Hole Leagues

    9-hole Individual Stroke Play Event broken up into four divisions: Boys 12-13, Boys 10-11, Girls 12-13 and Girls 10-11. Pairings will be done on-site as players arrive each day. You can arrive any time between 3:15 PM and 4:30 PM. Players must check in at the IJGA registration table immediately when they arrive at the course.

    First place in each division will be awarded a trophy based on the two lowest of their three scores. If a player only participates in two of the event days, both scores will count towards their total score. A player that only plays in one event day will be ineligible for the trophy. This is not a POY points awarding event.

    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 10-11
    Boys 12-13
    1,000 – 3,000
    Girls 10-11
    Girls 12-13
    1,000 – 2,400
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes

    30 PLAYERS

     

    $100 The one-time registration fee covers three consecutive weeks of programming. Juniors may participate in as few (1) or as many (3) days as desired.
  • 18 Hole Playing Events

    18-Hole Playing Events

    These events are 18-hole individual stroke play competitions. Juniors compete within their specific age/gender divisions. The 10-13 year old divisions are allowed to have spectators. These events are contested on full length regulation 18-hole courses. POY points will be awarded for the 10-13 divisions.

    The 8-9 year old age divisions have the option to play 18 hole events as either 9 holes or the full 18 holes. In either case the 8-9 year old divisions will require a chaperone to walk with them at all times.

    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 8-9
    Boys 10-11
    Boys 12-13
    4,200-4,600
    4,800-5,200
    5,600-6,000
    Girls 8-9
    Girls 10-11
    Girls 12-13
    3,600-4,000
    4,200-4,600
    4,800-5,200
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes

    90 PLAYERS

     

    $60

    $67

    Tournament Entry Fee

    Tournament Entry Fee & Range Balls

  • Junior Elite Events

    John Barney Junior Elite Events

    The John Barney Junior Elite Events are named after John Barney, who along with his wife Jean Barney, helped found the IJGA. John and Jean served the IJGA for 23 years and were largely responsible for taking it from a fledgling organization to one of the most respected junior golf associations in the country. John served as IJGA President and became the first IJGA Executive Director in 1991. The impact of John and Jean Barney on the IJGA will be felt for years to come. John Barney passed away in 2017 and the John Barney Memorial Fund was created to support the John Barney Junior Elite Events, as he was especially fond of the younger IJGA members.

    These events are 36-hole individual stroke play competitions contested over two days and are Nationally recognized for both Boys Divisions and the Girls 12-15 Division. There will also be points awarded that count towards the season-long YDP Player of the Year points race.  All Junior Elite Events that occur after the Player of the Year event will be separate events with no points allocated.  Out-of-state players allowed.

    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 10-11
    Boys 12-15
    5,000-5,400
    5,800-6,200
    Girls 10-11
    Girls 12-15
    4,500-5,000
    5,000-5,500
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    75-120 Players (Varies By Event) $185 Tournament Entry Fee, Tee Gift, Lunch both days, Driving Range both days
  • Jean Barney YDP Parent/Junior

    Jean Barney YDP Parent /Junior

    The Jean Barney YDP Parent-Junior Series is named after Jean Barney, who along with her husband John Barney, helped found the IJGA. Jean Barney passed away in 2002 and the Jean Barney Memorial Fund was created to initiate what would become the Jean Barney YDP Parent-Junior Series as she was especially fond of the younger IJGA members.

    YDP Parent-Junior tournaments are 9 or 18-Hole two-person team events. The number of holes played is determined by the age of the junior. These events are a collection of “pre-season or end-of-season” events held on Saturdays or Sundays at IJGA host facilities. These events do not offer player of the year points. These events can also vary in event format, please check Tournament Information Pages for event specific details.

    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 8-9
    Boys 10-11
    Boys 12-13
    Girls 8-9
    Girls 10-11
    Girls 12-13
    Parents play from men’s and ladies’ tees.  Juniors play from 18 or 9 Hole Playing Event Yardages.
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    96 PLAYERS / 48 TEAMS $90/9 holes
    $150/18 holes
    Tournament Entry Fee, Golf Cart, Driving Range
  • Other/Special Events

    Sizzler Championship
    This event is annually hosted at the prestigious Cog Hill G & CC.  The event is contested on Cog Hill course #3.  New for 2017, this event will be a 2-day championship for the 10-11 year old divisions, and a 3-day championship for the 12-13 year old divisions with a cut after the second day. The top 12 and ties in the boys 12-13 and the top 6 and ties in the girls 12-13 divisions will make the cut to day 3. A higher number of Player of the Year points will be awarded for this “major” event.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 10-11
    Boys 12-13
    4,800-5,200
    5,600-6,000
    Girls 10-11
    Girls 12-13
    4,400-4,800
    4,800-5,200
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    96 Players $185 Tournament Entry Fee, Range Balls, Lunch, and a Tee Gift.
    Dupage County Junior Classic
    The DuPage County Junior Classic is a  36-hole individual stroke play competition within age/gender divisions.  This event is one of the most anticipated events of the junior golf season in the state of Illinois.  As with the IJGA Major Championships, AJGA PBE Stars and Junior Golf Scoreboard recognition are available to the top finisher in each division. This competition serves as a qualifier for the IMG Junior World Championships. No Player of the Year Points will be awarded for this championship.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 11-12 5,200-5,600
    Boys 13-14 5,800-6,200
    Girls 11-12 4,800-5,300
    Girls 13-14 5,200-5,600
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    Varies $200 Tournament Entry Fee for 2 rounds, Tee Gift, Lunch both days, & Driving Range
    IJGA Mentor Scramble
    This is a team event where YDP members will be put into teams to play in a 9-hole scramble on front 9 of the par-3 course at The Valley Lo Club. Each team of YDP members will be assigned an IJGA “Alum” or member of the IJGA Playing Member Division to serve as their “mentor”.
    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 10-11
    Boys 12-13
    NA
    Girls 10-11
    Girls 12-13
    NA
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    36 Players $20 Tournament Entry Fee, Lunch
    12-13 Year Old Player of the Year (POY)

    YDP Player of the Year points are only awarded to the Boys and Girls 12-13 year old divisions for the regular season. The regular season points structure is designed to award points relative to the field size of the event. The amount of points allocated for each event will vary based on a number of factors, including the number of competitors that are signed up in a division, the number of event days, and the strength of the anticipated field. Points will also be awarded for the 9-hole events throughout the regular season. These points will follow the same scaled system based on the number of competitors signed up in each division like the 18-hole events. Players must participate in a minimum of three (3) point awarding events to be eligible to qualify for the Player of the Year Championship (Excludes DCJC, Parent/Junior, 9-Hole Leagues, Night Golf, and ISJA and CEJA Qualifiers). The top 50 boys 12-13 and top 30 girls 12-13 will be invited to a two-day Player of the Year Championship at Randall Oaks Golf Club on August 7-8, 2017.

    Events will be counted for minimum requirements and/or point races for both the 12-13 and 10-11 POY Championships through August 3rd, 2017.

    **Special exemptions will be made to these criteria if the IJGA staff and/or YDP Tournament Committee deem it necessary to increase the quantity or quality of the field**

    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 12-13 5,900-6,100
    Girls 12-13 5,000-5,200
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    50 Boys
    30 Girls
    $100 Tournament Entry Fee , Lunch both days, Range Balls both days
    10-11 Year Old Player of the Year (POY)

    Boys and girls in the 10-11 year old division will be able to qualify for the end of the year invitational by finishing in the top three (3) in any 18 or 36 hole event for boys, and the top two (2) of any 18 or 36 hole event for girls. Players must participate in a minimum of three (3) of the qualifying (18 or 36 Hole) events to be eligible to qualify for the Player of the Year Championship (Excludes DCJC, Parent/Junior, 9-Hole Events, 9-Hole Leagues, Night Golf, and Mentor Scramble). All participants who qualify will be invited to play in the Dave Rowlands End of the Year Invitational which will be played at Randall Oaks Golf Club on August 8, 2017.

    Events will be counted for minimum requirements and/or point races for both the 12-13 and 10-11 POY Championships through August 3rd, 2017.

    **Special exemptions will be made to these criteria if the IJGA staff and/or YDP Tournament Committee deem it necessary to increase the quantity or quality of the field**

    Age/Gender Division Yardage Target/Day
    Boys 10-11 5,000-5,200
    Girls 10-11 4,400-4,600
    Field & Division Size Entry Fee What Entry Fee Includes
    24 Boys
    24 Girls
    $50 Tournament Entry Fee, Lunch, Range Balls
    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 08/15/2018, however, players turning 19 after the event date but before 08/15/2018 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 earn PBE Stars to gain entry into American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events. The CEJA is open to boys and girls ages 12-18 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)