One of the wonderful things about golf is that it can be as casual or as competitive as each player would like. Some of our participants enjoy playing a round with friends on the weekend, or practicing their swing at the driving range. Other kids like to go up against other players directly. For participants looking for a competitive place to play, check out these local options.

Drive, Chip and Putt

Cost: Free
Ages: 7 – 15
First local qualifying round: June 4, 2021
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Drive, Chip and Putt is a nationwide skills contest sponsored by the PGA, United States Golf Association, and Augusta National Golf Club. Junior golfers compete in each of the three skills (driving, chipping, and putting) in a series of qualifying rounds that start locally and build up to national. It’s an exciting opportunity for kids to test their skills and try out a competitive atmosphere.

The nearest local qualifying rounds to New Orleans are:

  • June 4, 2021 at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Denham Springs, LA or
  • June 15, 2021 at Diamondhead Golf Club in Diamondhead, MS

There will also be local qualifiers in Shreveport, Mobile, and Madison (MS). Check the website for more information and to register.

PGA Junior League

Cost: Scholarships available for First Tee participants! Contact us for more information
Ages: under 17
2021 Dates: Summer Season: April – August
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The PGA Jr. League is a unique opportunity for kids of all ages to compete as a team with kids in their age group. Each local golf team will compete against the others in a scramble format which encourages teamwork and creates a fun social atmosphere. The exact schedule varies by team, but most will practice one weekday afternoon and have matches on Saturday afternoons.

Several of our partner golf courses are hosting teams in summer 2021: Bayou Oaks at City Park, Chateau Golf & Country Club, Lakewood Golf & Country Club, and TPC Louisiana.

Thanks to a generous partnership from TPC Louisiana, First Tee — Greater New Orleans is able to offer scholarships to our participants to cover the cost of the program! Contact our Director of Education, Tuyen, for more information.

Kelly Gibson Junior Golf Tour

Cost: $200 – $400 membership per season; $35 additional per event played
Ages: 7 – 22
2021 Dates: June 14 – July 29
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The Kelly Gibson Junior Golf Tour is a favorite of many of our participants. The tour plays at multiple locations around the region, most of them convenient to New Orleans. Players are grouped by gender and age range and their scores are posted to BlueGolf after each tournament. Based on the experiences of our participants over the years, we can recommend this as a fun circuit for kids who want to play in a competitive environment. Registration is open now on their website.