Las Vegas, Nevada (March 9, 2015)–The Southern Nevada Golf Association (SNGA), the official arm of the United States Golf Association in the Las Vegas Golf Region, has announced the launch of the Las Vegas Junior Golf Association. According to the board and staff of the SNGA, the new tournament series will offer young golfers an annual schedule of affordable tournaments played at some of the top golf courses in Southern Nevada. The first official tournament will be played March 14-15 at Palm Valley Golf Club and Highland Falls Golf Club. Junior golfers and/or parents can visit the official SNGA website For complete Las Vegas Junior Golf Association information or to sign up. –By Brian Hurlburt.

“We are thrilled to be working with key stakeholders in the Southern Nevada golf community to create the Las Vegas Junior Golf Association,” said Ann Sunstrum, Executive Director. “The new series will offer a quality and affordable competitive tournament environment for kids who enjoy the game and who are looking to play golf in high school and then secure a college golf scholarship. Las Vegas has a long history of developing high-level junior golfers and this new series will allow even more players to achieve the goals that they have in golf.”

To join, there is an annual membership fee of $50. Each tournament also includes an entry fee that will vary from $40-100 depending on the event and how many days the event is.

The Las Vegas area has a long history of turning out collegiate and professional talent. Some of the golfers who grew up playing junior golf in Southern Nevada include PGA TOUR players Craig Barlow, Robert Gamez and Scott Piercy, LPGA Tour player Stephanie Louden, and future college players Julie Dunn, Mackenzie Mack, AJ McInerny and dozens of others.

The LVJGA will offer tournaments throughout the year for boys and girls ages 12-18 while a summer golf tour series will be available for boys and girls ages 8-11. The age divisions will be boys and girls 15-18 and 12-14 in addition to the younger ages. The series for the younger kids will take place on Saturdays at Desert Willow Golf Club and Durango Hills Golf Club.

A points system to officially declare Players of the Year and other awards and accolades has been created. In addition, the points will help select the junior golfers who will represent the Southern Nevada area in prestigious traveling team competitions including:

— IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championship

— Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship

— Boys America Cup

— Girls America Cup

— Hogan Cup

The organizers of the Las Vegas Junior Golf Association will also organize qualifiers for national tournaments and other major events. The board and staff of the Las Vegas Junior Golf Association includes members with a combined 100+ years in the golf business.