2024 PGA Family Golf Championship Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

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Arnold Palmer Golf Management has announced the Walt Disney World® Resort will host the 2024 PGA Family Golf Championship at Disney’s Palm Golf Course on September 28th and 29th. This special event continues to build on the strong foundation laid by the PGA Junior League and marks another significant milestone in family-oriented golf experiences.

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A Celebration of Family and Golf

Introduced by the PGA of America in 2022, the PGA Family Golf program builds upon the success of the PGA Junior League, which has seen active participation from Arnold Palmer Golf Management annually at Disney’s world-class courses. The championship encourages families to come together, blending the spirit of competition with family fun. According to Alex Forsyth, PGA, Director of Sales and Marketing at Arnold Palmer Golf Management, “The family nature of this tournament makes it the perfect event to be held at the Walt Disney World® golf courses,” highlighting the resort’s commitment to family-oriented activities.

Tournament Structure and Divisions

The 2024 championship promises two days of exciting golf action, accommodating teams of 2 to 4 players who are either biologically or legally related. Participants can compete in one of four divisions:

  • Junior Division: Teams must include at least one adult and one junior, making it a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to team up.
  • Adult Division: All-adult teams can show off their skills and camaraderie on the greens.
  • Professional Adult Division: At least one member must be a PGA of America or LPGA Professional, elevating the level of play.
  • Professional Junior Division: Combining professional expertise with youthful enthusiasm, these teams must include both a professional and a junior.

Competition Format

The championship kicks off with a scramble format in the first round, where teams choose the best tee shot among two players, then continue from that spot. This format is especially engaging in the junior division, where each shot must see participation from both an adult and a junior, ensuring everyone plays a pivotal role.

The final round switches to a modified alternate shot format. Here, after the best tee shot is selected, team members alternate shots until the ball is holed. This format not only tests precision and teamwork but also ensures that all team members contribute significantly to the game.

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Qualifying for the National Championship

Teams vying for a spot in the National Championship can qualify through their performance in the 2024 championship, with various criteria for two-player, four-player, and professional divisions. Additionally, winners from local PGA Family Golf events held after August 1, 2023, can secure their invitations, making every local event a crucial step toward the national stage.

Join the Fun

With its rich history of hosting everything from youth tournaments to PGA Tour events, Walt Disney World® Resort is set to add another chapter with the PGA Family Golf Championship. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a family looking to create lasting memories, this event is a perfect blend of competitive spirit and magical Disney fun. So mark your calendars for an unforgettable weekend of golf, where every stroke brings families closer in the pursuit of the championship title.

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