The popular Wichita Junior Golf program, for ages 10 through 18, will offer online registration for the first time, running April 1 through April 23. Register at www.golfwichita.com
“Online registration is more convenient for parents,” said Troy Hendricks, Golf Manager. “For the past 40 years, parents have waited in line as early as 4 a.m. to register.”
The eight-week, youth-golf program starts June 5 and ends August 1. It is offered at Wichita’s five public golf courses. Auburn Hills and L.W. Clapp Golf Courses host the beginners and first-time participants on Tuesday mornings; and Tex Consolver, Arthur B. Sim, MacDonald and L.W. Clapp Golf Courses host the more advanced programs for intermediate and advanced players on Mondays. Youth learn about golf’s rules, etiquette and fundamentals to build their skills. The program costs $20 per participant. Wichita Junior Golf is sponsored by Wichita Public Golf Courses and the Wichita Junior Golf Foundation, which pays green fees, subsidizes lessons, furnishes equipment and provides instructors.
Through the foundation, Wichita became the first city in the country to have a junior golf program held at the City’s public courses that accepted juniors regardless of ability. It was also the first U.S. city to incorporate a learning program with a competitive element. Through the ongoing generosity of the Wichita community, the WJG Foundation also has offered a college scholarship program the past 20 years, providing more than $160,000 in scholarships to youth participating in the program.
Wichita Public Golf Courses supports and maintains five area golf courses, one FootGolf Course, eight youth programs, six adult programs, eight golf leagues, 90 tournaments, an online booking system and Golf Wichita Mobile app.