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The Idaho Junior Golf Association (IJGA) was officially organized at a meeting in Twin Falls on January 9, 1982 by a special steering committee comprised of Idaho Golf Association Directors, Golf Professionals and other interested adults. Initially, the IJGA was divided into three (3) districts. Five individuals from each district were named to serve on the Board of Directors. The first board was comprised of the following:
District I District II District III
Ruby Stone, IGA Earl Simpson, IGA Joe Marmo, IGA
Jerry Breaux, PGA Don Hamblin, PGA Denny Howell, PGA
Roger Romrell Art Duncan Judy Johnstone
Mike Sweet Lee Bernhard Paul Davids
Phil Robins – Junior Jason Meyerhoeffer, Junior Leslie Johnston, Junior
The Directors elected Mike Sweet of Weiser, Idaho to be the first President, and Art Duncan of Twin Falls as Vice-President.
From those humble beginnings, the IJGA has grown to a statewide organization with four (4) districts and over 1,000 members between the ages of 5 and 18. In the year 2000 over 50 weekly events were held across the state. The season culminated with the IJGA State Championship where 250 boys and girls competed in their respective age groups at Foxtail and BanBury Golf Courses.
IJGA members have achieved success in the national arena over the years.
In 1994, Andrea Baxter advanced to the semi-final round of the US Women’s Amateur. Andrea went on to finish in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Amateur Public Links the following year and again to the semi-final round of the US Women’s Amateur in 1997.
In 1996, Jody Niemann advanced to the semi-final round of the Women’s Amateur Public Links where she lost to her friend and the eventual champion, Heather Graff. Jody came back and won the Women’s Amateur Public Links in 1999.
The Idaho Team of Darren Fletcher, Luke Saltus, Sean Deacon and Tyler Pearson won the 1998 Boys’ Junior America’s Cup Team Matches at the Grayhawk Golf Course in Scottsdale, AZ. This was the first victory for an Idaho Team in the 28-year history of the event.
Many former IJGA members have attended or are currently attending college on either partial or full golf scholarships. Certainly some of this can be directly attributable to the experience and exposure gained through the IJGA and other junior programs supported by the Idaho Golf Association.