A co-ed team of junior golfers, ages 13 and under from the Encinitas area will be competing in the PGA Jr. League Regional at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev., Sept. 14-15. The winner will advance to the 2019 PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental, Oct. 11-14, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The SDCL #1 All-Stars captured the Southern California Section Championship at Industry Hills Golf Club Aug. 24-25 to advance to the Regional. All-Star teams competing in the Regional at PGA National include:
SDCL #1 All-Stars: Players are all from Encinitas Ranch Golf Course (Encinitas)
Grayhawk All-Stars: Players are all from Grayhawk Golf Club (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Island Pacific All-Stars: Players are all from Island Pacific Golf Academy (Kapolei, Hawaii)
San Ramon All-Stars: Players are all from San Ramon Golf Club (San Ramon, Calif.)
SDCL #1 All-Stars team members include: Captain: John Mason, PGA – Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, Coach: Jackie Dewald-Mason – Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, Jay Leng Jr., 13, Michael Riebe, 12, Jasmine Kahler, 13, Antonio Barbosa, 13, Brasen Briones, 13, William Ma, 13, Colin Li, 13, Lucy Yuan, 13, Bryant Hernandez, 13, Justin Gill, 14.
Following the regular season, 10-player All-Star teams are formed from a combination of players in each league. Teams move through Section Championships in August to earn a spot at one of 12 Regionals held across the country in September. Twelve Regional champions advance to the PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental, which has been held at Grayhawk Golf Club since 2016 and will stay through 2022.
PGA Jr. League brings boys and girls together to learn and play golf on co-ed teams, all with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA professionals. Kids wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends, competing in a two-person scramble format that builds confidence and encourages sportsmanship. While the focus of PGA Jr. League is primarily on the recreational nature of its spring, summer and fall seasons, the PGA Jr. League Postseason presents competitive golfers a fun and aspirational finish to regular season play.