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PGA Junior Golf in Harford County to kick off Saturday at Winters Run Golf Club

The PGA Professionals at Winters Run Golf Club in Bel Air have realized for some time the need for Harford County to offer more opportunities for junior golfers.

They found the answer in PGA Junior League Golf. This program has swept the country over the past few years, with more than 2,900 teams, 36,000 players and more than 2,000 PGA professionals involved nationwide in 2016.

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The staff at Winters Run started the first PGA Junior League in Harford County last year with 50 players, four teams and four PGA professionals involved. The Harford league then played in a regional championship match at Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park as part of the nationwide single elimination tournament.

The tournament's finals were broadcast live on the Golf Channel from Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and younger to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf uses a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development - both on and off course.

This year's opening day is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Winters Run Golf Club. They plan to have at least 50 boys and girls participating. Allen Wronowski, past president of the PGA of America, will be in attendance and speaking to players and parents on behalf of the PGA.

There will also be games, contests and a practice match followed by a pizza party.

The season runs from mid-April through mid-June and postseason play takes place in August.

Participating golf clubs are Winters Run Golf Club (Bel Air-private) 410-879-1200; Ruggles Golf Course (Aberdeen-public) 410-278-9452; and Greystone Golf Course (White Hall-public) 410-887-1945.

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