At Washington Junior Golf, we are dedicated to supporting junior golfers by providing a comprehensive, competitive program which helps build character and sportsmanship, providing lifelong benefits.
From the President
As the 2023 Golf season ends, I am pleased to say the season seemed to go well. Our membership essentially remained the same and participation in the district events also remained stable. We currently now have 8 statewide events, and these continue to be very popular, filling quickly with a wait list for all of them.
Our 2023 state tournament was held in the Moses Lake area this year which is the first time we have been here for State. It was a very successful tournament and I want to thank the District Four Directors Jennifer Booth and Mark German for their leadership. I also want to thank all the rules officials and volunteers who assisted in making the tournament run so smoothly.
The cup team events were held this year with the girls placing 3rd at the Girls Junior Americas Cup and the boys were 4th at the Junior Americas Cup and 3rd at the Hogan cup. Congratulations to all those players that made cup teams this year.
In closing for another year, I want to personally thank all our tournament directors, rules officials and volunteers. None of this would happen without your countless hours and the effort you give to WJGA.
Finally, I want to thank Tyler Johnson for his fine leadership and Chris Curtiss in the office for their work in continuing to make WJGA such a successful organization.
From the Executive Director, Tyler Johnsen
With 1,200 members and an amazing group of loyal volunteers, 2023 was another fantastic year for WJGA! Our junior golf program would not be possible without the tremendous efforts of our Tournament Directors, Rules Officials and parent volunteers. Parents, please consider reaching out to your local Tournament Directors if you’re interested in volunteering next summer.
This season was capped off by a memorable State Championship week in District 4 at Moses Lake GC, The Links at Moses Pointe and Lakeview G&CC. A special thank you to Moses Lake Director of Golf, Mike Eslick, Links at Moses Pointe Director of Golf, Bill Porter, Lakeview G&CC owner, Dave Pruitte, and all their staff for making us feel so welcome the entire week. Congratulations to our overall boys champion, Ben Wilson, and overall girls champion, Angela Zhang, who successfully defended her title and well done to all of our state champions this year.
We had a handful of special individual accomplishments this year, highlighted by 14-year old Angela Zhang qualifying for and being the youngest competitor at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach in June. Also, Baylor Larrabee captured individual medalist honors at the Eddie Hogan Cup at Riverside G&CC in August.
Thank you to all our WJGA families for helping make 2023 a special year.