By: Tyler Johnsen

WJGA Tournament Coordinator Job Opportunity (Part-Time)

Position: Tournament Coordinator

Location: Sumner, Washington
FLSA Status: Part-time, Nonexempt
Reports To: Executive Director
Salary Grade: $30 per hour

Description of Company: At Washington Junior Golf (WJGA), we are dedicated to supporting junior golfers by providing a comprehensive, competitive program which helps build character and sportsmanship, providing lifelong benefits. WJGA has evolved into one of the largest junior golf associations in the United States with over 1,200 members on an annual basis. Visit www.wjga.net for more information. 

About the Position: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Tournament Coordinator will assist in the preparation and conducting of assigned WJGA tournaments. The position can expect to be assigned to work at all spring weekend events, and be assigned specific tournaments to work during the summer, including the weeklong WJGA State Championship. Estimated workload of approximately 30 days a year.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

– Assist in the administration of WJGA tournaments. Duties include, but are not limited to, communicating with participants and volunteers, providing off-site administrative duties including creating pairings, scorecards, local rules and other tournament related documents.

– Serve as the staff member in charge of assigned tournaments. Duties include, but are not limited to, pre-event site visits, golf course setup, local rules, on-site logistics and administration, and volunteer coordination.

– Attend other WJGA tournaments as an additional staff member to assist with on-site administration

– Under the direction of the Executive Director and in accordance with WJGA budgets, attend necessary meetings, education seminars, and other related functions, including: USGA Rules of Golf Workshops, necessary meetings, and other appropriate activities. 

Position Requirements:

– Experience with golf tournament operations or competitions is preferred but not mandatory.

– Some knowledge of the Rules of Golf is preferred but not mandatory.

– Proficient with Microsoft products including the Windows Operating Systems and Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).

– Possess strong oral and written communication skills and is detailed oriented.

– Ability to work weekends and long hours on tournament days as required.

– Ability to listen to others and solve conflicts; integrates diverse viewpoints, ideas, and opinions when working with staff and others.

– Ability to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with staff, competitors, volunteers, and golf course staff.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time, walk long distances, and operate and travel in your own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement provided.

Application Process:

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Tyler Johnsen, Executive Director
E-Mail: tyler.johnsen@wjga.net

No phone calls, please. Interviews for those selected will be conducted as soon as practicable. The position will remain open until filled.

WJGA 2023 News

The Washington Junior Golf Association recently held its Annual Meeting and we are excited to share some news and updates for the 2023 season:

  • An update has been made to the scoring requirement to qualify for your district championship. To qualify for your district championship, you must place (plus ties) in at least one sub-district event as follows:
Boys 16-18: Score in the top 13 Girls 16-18: Score in the top 7
Boys 14-15:  Score in the top 12 Girls 14-15: Score in the top 6
Boys 12-13: Score in the top 7 Girls 12-13: Score in the top 5
Boys 8-11: Score in the top 6 Girls 8-11: Score in the top 4

        +++PLUS+++

NEW in 2023: The qualifying score must meet the NEW WJGA District qualifying scoring requirement:

16-18 14-15 12-13 8-11
Boys 82 87 97 57*
Girls 97 102 112 72*
*8-11 score based on 9 holes, played from forward tees on a regulation golf course
  • There will also be a change to our WJGA Junior World Qualifier for our 14-18 year olds. Traditionally this event has been held the end of June, and it will now move to March to kickoff our WJGA season. This allows our qualifiers a better opportunity to secure and arrange their travel plans to San Diego. The qualifier will now be a one-day, 18-hole event at The Classic GC on Saturday, March 11, 2023.
  • We are also excited to announce a new Invitational event for 14-18 year old boys and girls that will be held at Apple Tree GC on Friday, June 23rd. This will be a one-day, 36-hole invitational where players will earn a spot into the event based on their play in our spring WJGA events. We expect this event to earn AJGA performance stars, and it will be the final qualifying event for the boys’ and girls’ Junior Americas Cup teams. The qualifying criteria has been posted on the new Invitational page HERE.
  • There will also be an update to our Scoring Based Entry procedure that was used for the first time this season for our spring 14-18 year old events.

Determining tournament fields for the Jr World Qualifier, State Match Play and Western/Eastern/Players Opens will be determined by:

(1) Fully Exempt Players:
All 13-17 year old boys and girls that qualified for the WJGA State Championship the previous year are exempt into all spring events as long as they register prior to the entry deadline.

  • In addition to the previous year’s State Championship qualifiers, any boy or girl that finished in the top-20 of the previous year’s Player of the Year standings is fully exempt.
  • Any boy with a scoring average from the previous season of 75 or less, or girl with a scoring average of 80 or less is fully exempt.

(2) Scoring Average :

  • Non-exempt players may register for any event and the field will be selected based on the players WJGA scoring average from the 2022 season after the entry deadline.
  • New members with no WJGA scoring record may submit a tournament score resume to Executive Director, Tyler Johnsen, by email at johnsen@wjga.net to earn status. All resumes will be vetted.

We have eliminated the use of the “points” system that was used this year, and spots for each event will be filled by using a player’s scoring average from the previous year.

  • The WJGA Cup will now be a two-day, 36-hole tournament for all ages (two 9-hole rounds for 8-11 year olds) on July 25-26, 2023 at The Cedars at Dungeness. The field will consist of the following:

Boys 14-18:         112 players         Girls 14-18:          48 players
Boys 12-13:         20 players           Girls 12-13:         10 players
Boys 8-11:           12 players           Girls 8-11:            6 players

The 14-18 year old division spots will be filled based on the scoring based entry criteria, and the 12-13, and 8-11 division spots will be filled based on a players scoring average in the 2023 Jr. Open events.

– Finally, the Boys’ and Girls’ Junior America’s Cup (4 players each) teams will be selected based on combined total points earned at the following events:

  • IMG Academy Junior World State Qualifier
  • Best three of four finishes at the Western Open, Eastern Open, Players Open and State Match Play.
    Contestants may play in all four events, but for points and team selection purposes, only the best finishes of three of the four events will be used.
  • WJGA State Invitational (NEW)

*PLUS, new for 2023: Any boy/girl ranked in the top-100 of the Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking as of June 1st that plays in at least two of the six WJGA JAC/GJAC team qualifying events during the current season earns an automatic spot on the team.

Washington Golf announces 2022 Players of the Year

By: WA Golf Admin

Washington Golf (WA Golf) has announced the Player of the Year award recipients for 2022. The category winners are as follows: Men’s, Andrew Von Lossow of Spokane; Women’s, Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle; Men’s Mid-Amateur, Andrew Von Lossow; Women’s Mid-Amateur, Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island; Senior Men’s, Erik Hanson of Kirkland; Senior Women’s, Kim Shek of Bellevue; Junior Boys’, Max Herendeen of Bellevue; and Junior Girls’, Angela Zhang of Bellevue.

The recipients were highlighted at the 101st WA Golf Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Yakima Country Club, site of the Association’s first Annual Meeting in 1922.

Herendeen took home a national title when he won the 2022 PGA Junior Boys’ Championship. Locally, he won the WIAA 3A High School State Championship and the WJGA Players Open, and finished second in the Washington Men’s Amateur, one shot back of the winner. He was the qualifying medalist at the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur, and made it to the semifinals. He qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, and made it to Final Qualifying for the U.S. Open. He tied for 15th at the Pacific Coast Amateur, where he was named to the WA Golf Morse Cup team. He had six top-25 finishes in AJGA events. Herendeen is a senior at Bishop Blanchet High School, and has already committed to play at the University of Illinois next fall.

At age 13, Zhang became the youngest player in the history of the championship to win the Washington Women’s Amateur. She also won the WJGA State Championship, and earned more points on the WJGA season-long Player of the Year Points List than anyone else in WJGA history, with many of the points earned early in the season while she was still just 12 years old. Zhang won three AJGA titles, and had four other top-10 finishes in AJGA events. In September she was the medalist at U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball qualifying.

Founded in 2007 as a way of recognizing and awarding excellence in competition, the WA Golf Players of the Year are selected each year in early October by the WA Golf Championship Committee, which meets to vote for honorees in the categories of Men’s, Women’s, Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Men’s Mid-Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’.

Angela Zhang and her Mother accepting the Girls’ POY award.

 

Angela Zhang Qualifies for US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with Partner

From WA Golf:

DuPont, Wash. – A pair of 13-year-olds, Angela Zhang (Bellevue) and Alice Zhao of (Irvine, Calif.) teamed up and topped the field in the USGA qualifier on September 28th to secure the lone available spot in the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

The qualifier for next year’s championship was conducted at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

View full scoring from this qualifier.

Zhang and Zhao combined to shoot a bogey-free 7-under par 65 during today’s qualifier. They were three shots clear of the second place team.

The outcome furthers a stellar year on the golf course for Zhang. She has won seven WJGA tournaments this season and in June, she won the Washington Women’s Amateur.

Zhang and Zhao have secured their spots in the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be held here in Washington, May 13-17 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

The duo of Grace Lee (Bellevue) and Taylor Mularski (Spokane) earned the first alternate spot from today’s qualifier, while Sydney Yermish (Wynnewood, Pen.) and Suzie Tran (Poulsbo) earned the second alternate.

Washington Golf (WA Golf) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball is one of 15 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Brock Maulding & Zachary Miller Qualify for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

From WA Golf:

Port Orchard, Wash. – WJGA members Brock Maulding & Zachary Miller earned co-medalist honors in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying, held September 26th at McCormick Woods Golf Club in Port Orchard, Wash.

Maulding and Miller will be amongst the youngest teams in the field at next year’s championship as they are both still in high school. Miller won the 2022 WJGA Boys’ Player of the Year award, and Maulding won the 2022 WJGA Eastern Open and represented Washington at the 2022 Hogan Cup.

The two sides will now advance to compete in the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be held May 20-24 at Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Washington Golf (WA Golf) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is one of 15 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.