Junior Teams & Points
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Diamond Line Cup
The Diamond Line Cup is awarded to a boy and girl competitor in each age division (9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-18) at the end of each junior golf season.
2017 Recipients of Player of the year, awarded by Junior Golf Committee based on participation and results for 2017 single day events, regional qualifiers, district, and state championship events.
2017 Player of the Year
13-15 Year Old Girls:
Kelli Ann Strand
13-15 Year Old Boys:
Questions? Contact Cecilia Garcia at (208)342-4442 x 104.
Idaho Golf Association: Why was the Diamond Line POY Cup originally created?
Calvin Fillmore: We started the Diamond Line Player of the Year Cup because I felt there needed to be a system for our young players to participate in preparing them for high school, college and possibly even professional golf should that be the route they take. I wanted to mirror it like the FED EX CUP so that the player earned points for placement inside of events in their age group. I wanted the points earned to be trackable so they could set goals and monitor their achievements.
My hope was this would help motivate our youth golfers to continue to practice, work hard, and develop the skill sets that are required to continue their participation in the sport as they seek higher education. I think the Idaho Junior Tour already had this in place, I just wanted to help by putting something on the end of it as a reward. (Diamond Line POY Cup Trophy)
Idaho Golf Association: What are your ties with junior golf and what does junior golf means to you?
Calvin Fillmore: Junior Golf and the game of Golf is an experience that is hard to describe.
First I don’t believe you can win in the game of golf, it can only teach you how to accept what you can’t have, and how to work harder in achieving objectives. For me personally it is a circle. When I was a ten handicap I wanted to be a five when I was five I wanted to be a two and at a two I wanted to be scratch or a plus. Does it ever end?
I believe the game of golf teaches valuable life lessons of how to deal with the disappointment that life can bring. I can’t count the number of times I have seen players of all levels play great rounds just to follow it up the next day with 10-15 more strokes than the day before. The emotional swing that accompanies the player during that experience and the fan, father, or mother watching can be heart breaking. Those players are on an island all by themselves during this and there is no one there to help them but themselves. The kids that learn how to cope with that pain, don’t give up on their goals, learn from the experience, and go back out to work it out are the ones that gain the life lessons golf teaches. They will go on to lead in business, civic, religious, and social arenas of their future.
Idaho Junior Teams
For questions about the team competitions below, please contact 208-342-4442 x 104.
Junior Americas Cup
This wonderful international event began with matches between Mexico and the Southern California Junior Golf Association in 1959. In 1971, British Columbia participated for the first time. A meeting was held in Portland, Oregon in 1972 with the expansion of the Junior America’s Cup to include our western states plus Canada and Mexico. Those participating were: British Columbia, Idaho, Mexico (with two teams), Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, and Utah.
In 1973, the Junior Golf Association of Northern California hosted the first event under the new expanded format using five man teams. The juniors were housed by golfing families in the Pebble Beach area. What a great experience this was! They played Monterey Peninsula Country Club the first round and Spyglass Hill the second round. The final round was held at the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. The award ceremony was held on the lawn by the picturesque 18th green. San Diego captured the gold and two of their team members, Scott Simpson and Lenny Clements are still active on the PGA Tour today.
In 1974, Colorado became a part of the Junior America’s Cup Matches with Montana and Washington joining in 1976, followed by Alberta in 1977. This field remained the same until 1989 when Sun Country (New Mexico and part of Northern Texas) joined. In 1995 Mexico decided to bring one team instead of two.
The JAC today consists of 18 teams, with each junior golf association taking turns hosting this prestigious event. There are no individual honors in this tournament; it is strictly team competition. The pairing format is quite unique. The contestants play with a player from a different association for the first two days. The final day pairings are made according to the 36-hole team totals. There are no playoffs in case of ties; duplicate medals are presented to the tying teams.
Some very well known touring pros are former JAC participants. Just to name a few: Fred Couples, Rick Fehr, Craig Stadler, Scott Simpson, Bobby Clampett, Peter Jacobson, Billy Mayfair, Corey Pavin, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.
Since its inception 37 years ago, the GJAC team event has grown to be an extraordinary, nationally ranked event, fielded by 18 teams from across the US, Canada, and Mexico. Founded by Joan Teats in 1978, this event works to bring girls together from various states and countries to cultivate new friendships and mutual respect.
When the event was first hosted by Tumwater GC in Washington, the field consisted of 11 teams. As the event grew in size and prestige, the hosting honor was shared by the states and countries represented. Now, 18 teams represent a total of 12 states and 3 countries. Each team consists of the top four girls who exemplify outstanding skill and experience, along with true sportsmanship, discipline, courtesy, and strength of character.
The GJAC’s philosophy is to promote better understanding of our regional history and customs and allow us to learn about different cultures while demonstrating we are more alike than different. The goal is to develop pride in self, team, state, and country, and over the years the GJAC has done just that. Further, GJAC teams, consisting of promising young golfers who personify personal character and a love for the game are closely watched by college coaches scouting prospective golf scholarship recipients each year.
This event is fielded by teams from British Columbia, Canada, and Mexico, and from the states of Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Eddie Hogan was the head professional at Riverside Golf and Country Club from 1939 until his tragic drowning death in 1968. Eddie was a past Western Amateur Champion and a winner of many regional professional tournaments. Most of all, he was a great teacher and one of the pioneers in developing junior golf as a major club program. In honor of his memory, and his contributions to junior golf, the Eddie Hogan Cup Team matches were inaugurated in 1969. Riverside Golf and Country Club has been the gracious host every year.
These matches pit the best junior players from the Western United States and Canada against each other in a team format. The four man teams use their three lowest 18 hole scores each day to determine their team total. Medals are awarded to the top three teams as well as the top three individuals in the field. Competing in the Hogan Cup matches is an honor that has been bestowed to few individuals. Though the field is small, it is very select. For example, such tour players as Bobby Clampett, Fred Couples, Joe Rassett, Jack Renner, Lennie Clements, Scott Simpson, Rick Fehr, Robert Gamez, Bill Sanders, Kirk Triplett, Jim Nelford, John Fought, Bill Sander, Peter Jacobsen, and Tiger Woods have competed. That’s pretty impressive company!!
North Pacific Junior Ladies Team
This event was patterned after the Curtis Cup Matches* for amateur women (which stimulates friendly rivalry for women golfers from the United States, Great Britain and Ireland). In 1997, the NPJL matches were expanded to include Oregon and Alberta, making it a four association, six girls on each association team, competition. In 2010, Alberta withdrew opening a position for Idaho.