Northern Florida's Junior Golf Foundation
The North Florida Junior Golf Foundation is the area's only not-for-profit organization committed to providing opportunities to junior golfers interested in gaining experience in junior golf tournaments and/or to compete for the love of the game. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the NFJG Foundation runs the only area's premier Junior Golf Tour and is the only junior tour sponsored by the PGA Tour, Web.com, The Tom Burnett Golf Academy, and the Northern Chapter PGA.
Endorsed by PGA Professionals of the Northern Chapter, North Florida Section of the PGA, The NFJG has several tours designed to fit junior players' specific game level:
The North Florida Junior Golf Foundation is the pinnacle organization for junior golf in the North Florida area. The Board of Directors, Tournament Director, staff, and volunteers will work with the golf community to develop and operate a junior golf tour that is professional, positive and champions the journey of junior golfers in developing their game. The organization and members will grow in size and standards to meet the needs of this junior golf community. The Board will function as the policy maker, oversee the operations of the organization and fulfill the strategic plan. The Committees will drive the major functions of the organization to reach out in the community and bring in the necessary resources to continually move NFJGF in a forward direction as an advocate of junior golf. NFJGF will hire, support, and financially compensate professionals to run events and operate the infrastructure of the organization. The NFJGF is well known to all in the golf community – local professionals, golf professionals, golf course members, country club members, public and private school golf teams and coaches, and parents and backers of junior golf.
NFJGF provides local junior golfers, ages 7-18, an opportunity to be a member of the organization which will allow them to play in competitive tournaments that are affordable, professional and are consistent with the USGA Rules of Golf and the Conditions of Competition. The tournaments and events provide an opportunity for junior golfers to build a solid foundation, gain tournament experience, and compete among their peers for the love of the game. The experience will help prepare junior golfers, if they so desire, to compete in any State or National event. NFJGF will also promote, fund, and manage a scholarship. NFJGF will strive to provide scholarships to junior golfers that have participated as a member, uphold the values of the organization, and pursue a degree at an accredited college or university.
The values governing NFJGF will be to operate the organization and impact young people with integrity, honesty, and fairness. We will promote the values of self-esteem and pride in our events, with our members, among each other and the community. Our decisions will be made with an objective, fact-based thought process. We will work together to nurture independent thinking, which fosters taking responsibility for one’s own actions.
Contact our junior golf foundation in Jacksonville, Florida, to explore our resources for your young player. We provide local children and teens with information about junior golf tournaments.
NFJG TOUR Players Dominate Qualifier
Congratulations to our many NFJG TOUR Players moving on in their quest to reach Augusta National!
Phillip Dunham, Jack Roberts, Daniel Mazur, Will McGriff (FA), Justin Ortiguera, Conner Winter, Kylie Turner, Candace Jackson, Tylar Ann Whiting, Renata Jancsik, Julia Wallace and Camille Jackson (FA)
Meet Dr. Dan!
In The Spotlight
As the Executive Director of the NFJG Foundation and Premier Junior Players TOUR I have the honor and privilege to view and evaluate over 300 junior tour players while they perform on and off the course. The NFJG TOUR junior players are from all ages (7-18), with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and gender. For me and my Staff, it is a special moment to pick one of our many talented players from the field of players to give them an “In The Spotlight” moment.
"In the spot light " this week is Charles Collings, one of our Elite Tour Boys 13-15 Superstars!.
Charles started playing golf in the spring of 2012 while living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles won his first golf tournament in June of 2012, “The Lancaster Junior Overlook Open” (9 holes). In June of the 2014 The Collings family moved to the Sunshine State and now reside in Jacksonville, Florida. Home course for Charles is the beautiful Jacksonville Golf and Country Club.
Charles has played in 31 NFJG TOUR events and has five TOUR wins with four wins in 2016 which include The Orange Park Open, The Spring Break Classic, The Plantation Bay Open and The Holiday Classic. In 2014 Charles posted a score of 80 for his first event with the NFJG TOUR and he recently posted his best NFJG TOUR score of even par 72. Charles is the NFJG TOUR Spring Tournament Series Winner and is currently in the third spot in the overall Player of the Year points standing with 7900 points and 1000 behind point leader.
Charles is entering his junior year at Providence High School and currently has a 3.94 weighted GPA. His interests include - Golf, working out, going to the beach and spending time with his family. Charles is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Providence High School and attends the Church of Eleven 22. Charles turned 16 on May 19 and recently got his driver's license. Charles has a neighborhood lawn service and will be working in the press box for the Jacksonville Jaguars this fall. Charles BIGGEST fans – his Parents - Zane and Kathy and younger sister Emily (age 10) 🙂
In The Spotlight
"In the spot light " this week is Katherine Jakeway, one of our Girls Division (13-18) Superstars!.
Katherine resides in St. Augustine, Florida and her home course is St. John’s Golf and Country Club. Katherine joined the NFJG TOUR in October of 2013 and has played in 18 events with three wins which include: The President’s Day Invitational, I’ve Got a Dream Invitational, and the recent Dr. Gordon Ira Golf Classic. She has four Runner-up finishes along with 10 top 10 finishes with a low round of one under par 71 at Hyde Park Golf Club.
Katherine is the #1 ranked golfer and tennis player on the Nease High School team and has lettered both years. Katherine was the medalist in the district championship shooting a four under par round of 68. She qualified for the state championship as an individual by shooting the lowest individual score. She finished State Championship in 29th place out of 92 competitors.
A shining star on the Nease high school tennis team for the past two. Katherine won the individual District Championship 2 years in a row, was individual regional champion in 2016, and has qualified for state competition both years. In Doubles Completion, came in second in the state championship. Katherine has been honored to be named Girl's Tennis Player of the Year by the St. Augustine Record and Florida Times Union for both her freshman and sophomore years.
Katherine is a rising junior at Nease High School with a GPA of 4.2, with a graduation year of 2018. She loves to play the guitar and ukulele, read, and travel. She is a part of the Nease High School Athletic Council and will be an Ambassador for the Communications Career Academy starting in the new school year. Katherine has a big interest in helping homeless and abused animals find forever homes and volunteers work at the St, Johns County Animal Shelter. She has two dogs, one which she received as a birthday present as a child and a second dog that her family rescued. Her dog Rex was abandoned and neglected. In the near future, Katherine is looking forward to playing in many different golf tournaments and to continue to pursue her goals and improve my game. Katherine would like to play college golf at a Division I university, and after graduating from college, play on the LPGA Tour. If not, pursue a career law.