Registration is now open for the 2023 First Tee – Roanoke Valley Junior OPEN Series.
Thanks to the generous support of local courses, juniors ages 5-18 in the Roanoke Valley have an opportunity to learn about, practice and play competitive golf. First Tee – Roanoke Valley Junior Open series offers a variety of individual and team nine-hole events which provides youth an opportunity to learn how to play tournament golf while developing and improving their game. By utilizing age/skill appropriate tees and maximum score per hole, these events are designed to educate beginning golfers and challenge those more accomplished. Players are expected to walk and carry or push their clubs.
We also offer a Links Fore Fun division for those who wish to play without keeping score. The goal of the series is to help juniors become comfortable on the course and develop their game (and character) in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Juniors ages 5 – 9 have the opportunity to play in our Mini-Junior Series, composed of 6-hole events utilizing our First Tee “course.”
Want to play up a division? Please ask!
Juniors do not have to be First Tee participants to register. A mimium of 10 participants must register in order for the event to be held.
Sponsors are needed to make the Junior Open Series a success! The goal of First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Sponsors play a large role in making our Junior Open Series a fantastic opportunity for children in the Roanoke Valley. Depending on the level of donation, your company’s name/logo will be featured on our website, on the course, scoreboard, or more… click the button above for more details, or make a donation online here.
Click here for our 2023 schedule and to register. Please note: A mimium of 10 participants must register inorder for the event to be held.
AGES 5 – 9: Mini-Junior Open Series
Play 6 holes on our First Tee Course for chances to win ribbons and freezypops. Caddies are required. Click here to register. PLEASE NOTE: events are arranged in date order, please select Mini-Junior Open events.
Tiger Paws – ages 5 – 6 boys and girls; caddie required
PLAYer– ages 7 – 9 boys and girls; caddie required
Links Fore Fun– ages 7 – 9 co-ed; caddie required
AGES 10 – 18: Junior Open Series
NOTE: All competitive rounds will consist of 9 holes and a max score of triple bogey regardless of the format.
Futures – ages 10 – 11 boys and girls; caddie required
Format: Stroke Play
Yardage: Boys 10-11 (1800 yds.)
Girls 10-11 (1300 yds.)
Prep – ages 12-13 boys and girls; caddie recommended
Format: Stroke Play
Yardage: Boys 12-13 (2400 yds.)
Girls 12-13 (1800 yds.)
Medalist – ages 14 & up boys and girls; caddie optional
Format – Stroke Play
Boys 14 -15 – (2700 yds.)
Boys 16 & up – (3000 yds.)
Girls 14 & up – (2400 yds.)
Links Fore Fun DIVISION ages 10 – 18 co-ed – caddie recommended
Just want to have fun and not worry about a score? Enter our Links Fore Fun Division where no scorecard has to be turned in! Simply have fun, pick up when you want to and enjoy the course. See ages above for caddy requirements. Please choose this option when you register.
PRIZES and AWARDS
Overall Junior Open Series Prizes: Three grand prizes will be awarded by drawing at the Red, White and Blue Open in November. Players will be entered into the drawing each time they participate in an Junior Open Series Event. Only one prize per person. In the event a name is drawn twice, the player will have their choice of prizes to accept. Grand Prizes include:
- Play and Stay for two at a Virginia resort
- ClicGear three wheel Push Cart
- Prize Basket containing gift certificates for golf rounds, restaurant gifts cards and more
Overall Mini-Junior Open Grand Prizes will be awarded in the same manner, with only one prize per person. Mini-Junior Open Grand Prizes include:
- FREE Class registration for 2024 First Tee class or camp
- FREE entry into a 2024 Junior Open Event
- Prize Basket containing candy, gift certificate for golf rounds and more
Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division for the Junior Open 9 hole events. There are no prizes for the Links Fore Fun division.
Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place per division for each Mini-Junior Open 6 hole event. There are no prizes for the Links Fore Fun division.
First Tee Participant Fee: Active 2023 First Tee participants qualify for a reduced tournament fee (available to those who have participated in a class or are registered for one this year). As an added benefit, First Tee – Roanoke Valley participants will automatically be enrolled in the Youth On Course program at no additional charge when they play their first 2023 Junior Open Series Event/Mini-Open Series Event.
Non-First Tee Participant Fee: If you are not currently or have not ever been active in First Tee programs, please select the non-First Tee participant fee during registration
TIMING and EXPECTATIONS
Registration for all events is now open and will close one week before the individual events.
Registration closes on Tuesdays prior to each event
Tee times will be released via email two days prior to the event.
Players/Caddies are expected to walk and carry or push their clubs.
Please dress in appropriate golf attire, no denim / gym clothing allowed.
Please arrive 30-45 minutes before your tee time to check-in and warm up.
Players and caddies will need to be at the first tee of the golf course 10 minutes before their tee time.
Scorecards must be checked, signed by the player and turned into the scorer immediately following the round.
If the course becomes unplayable due to weather conditions, the tournament committee may issue vouchers to be used at another time during the year. If a player needs to withdraw, the player can do so up to 48 hours in advance to receive a voucher towards another First Tee Junior Open event. No voucher will be issued if a player withdraws within 48 of the event or fails to show.