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12 All-Star Teams To Compete In PGA Jr. League National Car Rental Championship

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Twelve All-Star junior golfing teams punched their tickets for National Car Rental PGA Junior League Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., Oct. 7-10, after winning their respective regional competitions in September.

For the first time, the championship will be broadcast live, with coverage on: ESPN2 and ESPN + on Friday, October 8; ESPNEWS and ESPN + on Saturday October 9; and ESPN2 on Sunday October 10.

“For the players and their captains, coaches and families, the PGA Jr. League National Car Rental Championship will provide an incredible experience they will always cherish,” said PGA of America President Jim Richerson. “Fun and teamwork are at the heart of the PGA Jr. League, and these qualities will certainly be showcased at Grayhawk Golf Club. This is why the PGA of America and our PGA Professionals are extremely proud to present this very special Championship live for the first time on the ESPN family of networks.

Eight-player all-star teams represent 12 states in the championship, including:

Team California – Encinitas (California) Ranch Golf Course
Team Connecticut – Torrington (Connecticut) Country Club
Florida Team – Marriott Golf Academy (Orlando)
  • Captain: Cori McAuliffe, LPGA

  • Coach: Jeff Beaver

  • First appearance in the league

Team Illinois – Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Lemont, Illinois)
  • Captain: Kevin Weeks, PGA

  • Coach: Clayton Pendergraft, PGA

  • Fifth consecutive appearance in the championship

Team Minnesota – TPC Twin Cities (Blaine, Minnesota)
  • Captain: David Branstad, PGA

  • Coach: Tony Serpico, PGA Associate

  • Third consecutive participation in the championship

Team New Jersey – Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club (Bedminster, New Jersey)
  • Captain: Jeremy Eccles, PGA

  • Coach: Shannon Fish

  • First appearance in the league

Team North Carolina – Waterford Golf Club (Charlotte)
  • Captain: Brent Reneau, PGA

  • Coach: Mike Abate, PGA

  • Second consecutive participation in the championship

Team Oklahoma – Battle Creek Golf Club (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
  • Captain: Amanda Fisher, LPGA

  • Coach: Cary Cozby, PGA

  • Second consecutive participation in the championship

Team Pennsylvania – Westwood Golf Club (West Mifflin, PA)
  • Captain: Troy Williams, PGA

  • Associate Coach: Jason Higginbotham

  • First appearance in the league

Team Tennessee – Clear Creek Golf Club (Bristol, Virginia); Blackthorn Club (Jonesborough, Tennessee); Pine Oaks Golf Club (Johnson City, Tennessee); and cattails and MeadowView (Kingsport, Tennessee)
  • Captain: Casey Barnes, PGA

  • Coach: Duncan Hill, PGA Partner

  • First appearance in the league

Team Texas – Brookhaven Country Club (Dallas)
  • Captain: Joey Anders, PGA

  • Coach: April Pyle

  • First appearance in the league

Team Utah – Thanksgiving Point Golf Club (Lehi, Utah)
  • Captain: Tele Wightman, PGA

  • Coach: Jeff Pedersen

  • First appearance in the league

The National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship kicks off Thursday, October 7 with a fun skills challenge and welcome party hosted by National Car Rental. The game begins Friday (October 8) with an 18-hole stroke play team in total, counting the best three of four pair scores by nine holes. On Saturday October 9, the same format and score are followed, and the 18 hole totals from the two days will be combined for a team total of 36 holes.

The last four teams are ranked based on their performance on Friday and Saturday and will face off in a head-to-head semi-final on Sunday (October 10). The two winners will then face each other in the championship match in the afternoon, while the other two teams face off for third place.

ESPN will broadcast six hours of live coverage on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS Friday through Sunday, in addition to two hours on ESPN + Friday and Saturday. On-air talent includes Honorary PGA President and PGA Jr. League captain Suzy Whaley, Michael Collins, Andy North and Taylor Zarzour. Collins and North were on hand for the 2019 Championship, which was recorded and aired as a two-hour show on ESPN2. The broadcast program is as follows:

Friday October 8
Saturday October 9
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. MT) – ESPNEWS (Airing on ESPN2 at 3:00 a.m. ET, Sunday, October 10)

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. MT) – ESPN +

Sunday October 10

National Car Rental was named the inaugural title partner of the championship season in February. The PGA Jr. League’s largest business partner since 2018, as well as an official partner and official rental car of the PGA of America since 2012, National’s new title partnership aims to continue fueling significant growth in the PGA of America. PGA Jr. League and to support the program’s efforts to welcome more children to the game.

Starting with the Section Qualifiers and Championships hosted by the 41 PGA Sections, the winners advanced to the Regionals, which is the penultimate event for 13u All-Star teams competing for the 12 places in the PGA Jr. League National Car Rental Championship. (players are not less than 10 years old and not more than 13 years old as of July 31, 2021). The quaint Grayhawk Golf Club has hosted the championship since 2016, where it will remain until 2022.

The PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth program of the PGA of America’s 501 (c) (3) Foundation, SCOPE OF THE PGA, with the aim of making the program accessible to all young people, regardless of their background, circumstances or abilities. This year to date, more than 2,800 scholarships have been awarded to players qualified for financial aid or from military families. In addition, donations through the new PGA Jr. League Scholarship Fund have had a positive impact on more than 850 players.

Boys and girls 17 and under learn and play golf as a team, wear numbered jerseys and receive expert coaching from PGA pros. This year, approximately 64,000 players participated in the PGA Jr. League, and the fall season continues until the end of the year.

New in 2021, All-Star 17u teams (players are not under 14 and not over 17 as of July 31, 2021) were also trained from a mix of players from each league to compete in the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship season. The competing 17-year-old all-star teams completed their championship season run at the regional championships to determine the first age division champion.

For more information on the PGA Jr. League and the PGA Jr. League National Car Rental Championship, visit PGAJrLeague.com.

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