The Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour is ready to tee up for another exciting season of junior golf.

Celebrating its 24th year, the BRJGT is offering golfers up to age 18 the opportunity to learn golf rules, etiquette and skills while playing some fantastic golf courses in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia. Participants will make friends, improve their skills and very much live up to the tour’s motto of “Building character and sportsmanship through the game of golf.”

“We’ve conducted the tour with the same motto since the beginning in 1999,” said Executive Director Dewayne Belcher. “With that foundation, players have not only become better players, they have honored the fundamental principles of the game by playing with fairness and integrity. This has yielded many social skills helpful in producing good community citizens. To that end, we are most proud.”

As is customary, the season begins with the golf academies in May, but with a twist this year. In an effort to get young players involved earlier in life, the “Teach a Child to Play Golf “ campaign will be offered for ages 6-12. The academy will be held at Fincastle C.C. in Bluefield on the first three Saturdays in May as well as on June 4. A one-on-one session will be provided for participants after that. “This is a new extended version of an academy for ages 6-12 and taught by golf professionals,” Belcher said.

Two other two academies are similar to previous years and designated for ages 13-18. They are being conducted at Draper Valley Golf Club in Draper on May 21 and at Fincastle C.C. on May 22.

The “Golf by the Rules” clinic will also be held at Fincastle on June 12. Tournament play begins in early June with stops at The River Course, Draper Valley, Fincastle, Pipestem (W.Va.) State Park, Glade Springs (W.Va.) Resort, Blacksburg and the season-ending, two-day tour championship at Wytheville Golf Club.

Interested junior golfers can find all dates, events, and sites online at brjgt.com. Registration also can be completed on the web site. Cost to join the tour is $30 and each tournament entry fee is $20 except for the Tour Championship. Entry fee for that two-day event is $40.

In addition to the experience, the junior golfers will receive a number of BRJGT gifts including the official 2022 cap. Also, the player will become a better golfer, make many good friends and create memories that will last a lifetime, Belcher said.

Play will be divided into age groups. The 17-18, 15-16 and 13-14 divisions play 18 holes while 10-12 and 9U play nine holes. There is also a developmental group for those who are brand new to golf. It is for ages 13-18, and will include a coach to accompany them for nine holes during selected tournaments.

“This year promises to be another fun season filled with many rewarding experiences,” said Belcher. “Please register soon.”