Photos of our juniors at the Pappas Golf & Baseball Center. We will be adding more photos of your juniors as soon as we get them. If you have any photos of your juniors golfing or practicing please send them to us and we will post them asap.

College Golf

Tips for juniors that want to play college golf.

For boys, a midlevel Division I college is looking for a scoring average of 75 or better. The Top 20 schools are looking for scoring averages around 72. For lower tier Division I schools, as well as Division II, coaches are looking for a tournament scoring average between 75-80. Division III schools will be interested in players with scoring averages from 75 to 85, depending on the program.

The story is very different for girls.
If a female golfer in high school has a scoring average of 85-90,
she will draw interest from many Division I programs. It's just a matter of where she wants to play.

Did you know?

While golf is still played on the same Scottish fields at places such as St. Andrews, today’s golf equipment bears little resemblance to those used by the game’s forefathers. Shafts, for example, have evolved from hickory to steel to graphite. Woods have progressed from small, tough to hit persimmon to 460cc titanium club heads. Similarly, today’s cast and cavity-back forged irons are easier to hit than the muscle-forgings of just 20 years ago.

Technology and research in golf equipment continues to evolve ask your golf coach what equipment is right for you before you buy a set of clubs.

Tips for Parents

How to get your child started in golf

The game of golf is experiencing a boom, with more and more youngsters discovering the excitement of a day at the golf course. New facilities that offer children affordable access to play the game are being constructed throughout the country and the world. But is there a best way for parents to introduce their children to golf? Here are some tips for parents on how to attract their youngsters to play this "game for a lifetime."

Ideally, your son or daughter will approach you one day and express an interest in learning to play golf. You may have to cultivate that interest in them, because you appreciate the qualities that golf embodies and want your children to share those experiences. You, the parent, are the person who must provide access and offer encouragement to your children.One of the keys to getting your child interested in golf is finding a program that they enjoy participating in. Select a program that nurtures their interest and stresses having fun.

A visit to your local PGA Golf Professional is one way to find programs that are available in your area. Many junior golf programs in the area are run by people that are not golf pro's. Your local PGA Golf Professional has had extensive training in teaching children to play golf. Having a golf pro teach your child will give him or her the best chance at success.

Ultimately, parents are the catalyst to the growth of their child's interest in golf. A visit to the driving range where you and your child can spend time together is an excellent way to get started. Invite some of your child's friends along so that they associate golf with fun. Unless you are qualified to teach, don't worry too much about instructing your child. Just make sure that he or she gets an opportunity to hit some balls and enjoy the exercise.

Once a strong foundation has been developed, a visit to your local course or Par 3 course is warranted. Try to play in non-peak hours so that your child is not subject to the pressures of pace of play requirements of a busy facility.

Children learn by imitation, so encourage watching a PGA or LPGA event on TV. If you should have a tour event in your local area, go to the course. The crowds and excitement of big time golf are great magnets for a young person's imagination.