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Golf & Ski Warehouse Junior Golf Tour Set to Kick Off
Author: Wayne Mills
June 17th 2014 -
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE - With the school year winding down junior golf competitions will kick into high gear in June for the New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA).

The junior season starts off with the three day NHGA Junior Championship June 23-25 at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Club in Salem. The Hoodcroft Open follows quickly on Friday June 27 at Hoodcroft Country Club in Derry.

There are fourteen more NHGA junior competitions scheduled around the state through August culminating at the NHJGA Invitational at Montcalm Golf Club on August 21st.

There is a heightened emphasis on junior golf at the NHGA this year and going forward spearheaded by new Executive Director Matt Schmidt. "I think that there is a tremendous opportunity to grow our junior golf program and junior golf as a whole in the state. We need to do a better job of marketing our junior program to more players around the state. It’s an incredibly affordable program that offers opportunities to players of all different levels.  We want to make sure that junior golfers in New Hampshire will always have high-quality, competitive events to play in.”

Another enhancement to junior golf at the NHGA this year is Golf and Ski Warehouse, a four store chain with three outlets in New Hampshire, has become the season long sponsor. It is now known as the Golf and Ski Warehouse Junior Tour.

Hanover’s Scott Peters, company President, is the driving force behind Golf and Ski’s involvement. Describing himself as a "crazed avid enthusiast” Peters has played golf his entire life including teeing it up in many NHGA competitions. This led him to become of member of the NHGA’s Board of Directors for the last seven years.

After recently celebrating 25 years in the golf business he felt it was important to play a part in getting juniors involved.

"Raising the bar is important,” said Peters. "It is important and we have a strong desire to be part of growing the game and giving juniors a greater opportunity to play and it seemed like a natural fit to support not only the NHGA but the junior program. It is as simple as that. We just want more people playing and think it is an exceptionally good game for the youth of America to be playing. There are tons of life lessons to be learned.  We’re tickled to be part of it.”

The NHGA is equally pleased "Golf & Ski has worked tirelessly to promote junior golf in and around New England and their support of our junior golf program will allow us to continue to provide high quality events to juniors around New Hampshire and add even more events to our schedule.  We're very excited about this partnership with Golf & Ski and look forward to working with them for years to come,” said Schmidt.

Some of the life lessons that Peters referred to are at the root of qualifying to play in NHGA junior events. Each participant in the program must take a Rules & Etiquette quiz in order to be eligible to play in either the Birdie or Eagle events.  Birdie players must answer 14 out of 20 questions correctly and Eagle division players must answer 18 or 25 questions correctly. 

The Golf & Ski Junior Golf Tour is broken down into two divisions:
Birdie events are 9-hole tournaments for males aged 10-12 and females aged 10-13.  
Eagle events are 18-hole tournaments for males aged 13-17 and females aged 14-17.
There is no handicap index limit for female Birdie participants, however we encourage all players to be able to break 65 for nine holes.  Handicap limits for Eagle division events are as follows:
15.0 for "A" division boys (15-17 years old) & 18.0 for "B" division boys (13-14 years old)

For a complete list of 2014 Golf & Ski Warehouse NHGA Junior Golf Tour events, please click here.

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