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 2022 Golf season comes to a close, I am glad to say things were quite normal even with COVID still with us. Our membership essentially remained the same but the participation in the sub district events increased this year as compared to last year. We also currently now have 8 statewide events, and these are very popular filling quickly with a wait list for all of them.
Our 2022 state tournament was held up in the Bellingham area this year. It was a very successful state tournament and I want to thank the District One Directors Mike Leonen and Pam Rachor for their leadership. I also want to thank all of 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 getting 5th at the Girls Junior America Cup and the boys were 14th at the Junior Americas Cup and 11th at the Hogan cup. Congratulations to all those players that made these cup teams this year.
Sadly, this year a WJGA legend passed. Don Fossum, who was our State Rules Chairman from 1994 to 2014. He succeeded Merrill Teats in the same role and was followed by Paul Lucien our current State Rules Chairman. These gentlemen are always available to help guide our juniors in the rules of golf along with a bevy of dedicated rules official volunteers. Don will be deeply missed.
In closing for another year, I want to personally thank all our tournament directors, rules officials and volunteers for none of this would happen without your countless hours and effort you give to WJGA and to welcome our newest directors in District Three, John Saegner and Caroline Matelski.
Finally, I want to thank Tyler Johnsen and Chris Curtiss at the office for their work in continuing to make WJGA such a successful organization.
From the Executive Director, Tyler Johnsen
Thank you to all our WJGA players, families and wonderful volunteers that helped make 2022 another memorable year for WJGA. With nearly 1,200 members this year WJGA was once again one of the largest junior golf associations in the country, and our program would not be possible without the volunteer efforts from our amazing team of Tournament Directors and Rules Officials across the state.
A big thank you to our State Championship host courses this year, Semiahmoo G&CC, Loomis Trail GC and North Bellingham GC. This was the first time our State Championship was held at these beautiful facilities and we hope everyone enjoyed their time in this picturesque area of our state.
Congratulations to Nathan Yocam and Angela Zhang for capturing the overall State Championship titles and to all of our 2022 state champions.
And finally, congratulations to WJGA member Max Herendeen, who was victorious at one of the biggest junior golf tournaments in the country this summer, winning the Junior PGA Championship at Cog Hill G&CC in Illinois in August.
Thank you again to everyone for a great 2022 season and we look forward to seeing you all in 2023!