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Team Colorado – Colorado State Team Program

Colorado is launching a state junior golf team (Team Colorado) that will expand the pipeline for elite local golfers into the recently created U.S. National Development Program (USNDP), a new initiative launched by the United States Golf Association. Colorado is one of seven states that will participate in the initial phase of the state team pilot program in 2024.

The USNDP is designed to ensure that American golf is the global leader in the game by focusing on six key pillars: talent identification, access to competition, national teams, athlete resources, player development and relations and athlete financial support. Team Colorado will focus on creating a developmentally appropriate, aspirational pathway for athletes in Colorado to compete at higher levels of the game.

Read the full press release HERE.

Team Colorado FAQs

Who is on Team Colorado?

The Team Colorado Committee will name eight boys and eight girls to Team Colorado in 2024. Athletes earn their way onto the team through outstanding competitive performance during the 2024 season. See “Team Colorado Points List Criteria” section below.

Do you need to be a Colorado resident to be part of Team Colorado?

Yes. Only players who are Colorado residents are eligible for Team Colorado.

How old do you need to be to be part of Team Colorado?

Players must be 13 years old by January 1, 2025, have not reached their 19th birthday by July 19, 2025, and must not be enrolled in college for the 2024-2025 school year.

Are there any other requirements to be on Team Colorado?

Players must be a member of the Colorado Golf Association and have an established Handicap Index® and enter all eligible scores to be eligible for Team Colorado. Boys must have a Handicap Index® of 2.4 or better. Girls must have a Handicap Index® of 5.4 or better. Read more about Handicap Index® HERE.

When will Team Colorado start?

Team Colorado will be named in late 2024. Team members will participate in Team Colorado programming and benefits in 2025. Players must earn their way onto the team each year.

What are the benefits of being on Team Colorado?

Once an athlete commits to Team Colorado, they can expect to receive team gear, invitations to state camps at elite facilities, Junior Americas Cup team eligibility and selection, support and mentorship from the Team Colorado staff, and access to other resources as needed.

If an athlete is part of Team Colorado, are they automatically a part of the USNDP?

Yes! Once named to Team Colorado, athletes are a part of the USNDP for the following calendar year. The USNDP will provide benefits and recognition to Team Colorado participants. These benefits may include recognition on the USGA/USNDP website and social media, expedited USNDP grant program access, exemptions to local AJGA events, invites to future USNDP camps, and access to the official USNDP statistical platform. Read more about the USNDP HERE.

If an athlete is part of Team Colorado, are they automatically a part of the National Junior Team?

No. The National Junior Team will be for a select and relatively small number of athletes compared to the number of athletes on State Teams. Selection criteria and process for selection to the National Junior Team is currently being developed by the USGA.

Team Colorado Points List Criteria

The Team Colorado Points Lists as of 11/1/2024 will be used as a guide when inviting players to join the team. Details about which events will be counted will be found here before March 15, 2024.

In-State (CO) Events – Stroke Play1234567891011121314151617181920
AJGA Colorado Junior (Boys and Girls)30022517515012010080706050403020105
AJGA Colorado Springs Junior (Boys and Girls)30022517515012010080706050403020105
AJGA Junior Open at The Bridges presented by City of Montrose (Boys and Girls)30022517515012010080706050403020105
CGA Amateur Championship45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
CGA State Junior Championship – 13 & Under (Boys and Girls)100908070605040302010
CGA Western Chapter Championship45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
CGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
CHSAA State Golf Championships – 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A (Boys and Girls)1501209075655545403530
Colorado Open – Low Amateur45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
Colorado Women’s Open – Low Amateur45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
CPGA MAJOR: Aurora Junior Championship (Boys and Girls)1501209075655545403530
CPGA MAJOR: Colorado Junior PGA Championship (Boys and Girls)1501209075655545403530
CPGA MAJOR: Colorado PGA Junior Invitational (Boys and Girls)1501209075655545403530
Rocky Mountain Open – Low Amateur45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
In-State (CO) Events – Match PlayChampionFinalistSemi-FinalistQtr-FinalistRound of 16Round of 32
CGA Match Play Championship45037527515050NA
CGA State Junior Championship – Open Division (Boys and Girls)3002251601107550
CGA Women’s Match Play Championship450375275150NANA
CPGA MAJOR: Junior Match Play Championship (Boys and Girls)150120805025NA
USGA ChampionshipsChampionFinalistSemi-FinalistQtr-FinalistRound of 16Round of 32Round of 64In-Field*
U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships150014001300120011001000900500
U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships1000900800700600500400250
U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships**

*In-Field: qualified for or were exempt AND teed it up in the Championship.

**points will be awarded at the discretion of the Team Colorado Committee.

Regional/National Events – Stroke Play/Stableford1234567891011121314151617181920
AJGA All-Star Invitational Events (Boys and Girls)300225175150120100807060504540353025
AGA Invitational events (Boys and Girls)*45037530025020015012510075655545403530212015105
Elite Amateur and Elite Women’s Amateur Series Events65055047540032527525022520017515012510080706050403020
IMG Academy Junior World Championship (Boys and Girls 13-14)1501209075655545403530
IMG Academy Junior World Championship (Boys and Girls 15-18)300225175150120100807060504540353025
Junior Americas Cup and Girls’ Junior Americas Cup45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
Junior Invitational (Boys and Girls)45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
Junior PGA Championship (Boys and Girls)45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
North & South Junior Championship (Boys and Girls)45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship (Boys and Girls 12-13, 14-15)1501209075655545403530
Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship (Boys and Girls 16-18)300225175150120100807060504540353025
Optimist International Championship (Boys 12-13, 14-15 and Girls 13-14)1501209075655545403530
Optimist International Championship (Boys 16-18 and Girls 15-18)300225175150120100807060504540353025
Southern Junior Championship45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105
Western Junior45037530025020015012510075655545403530252015105

*excluding team events.

Regional/National Events – Match PlayChampionFinalistSemi-FinalistQtr-FinalistRound of 16Round of 32
AJGA Invitational Events (Boys and Girls)*4503752751505025
Elite Amateur and Elite Women’s Amateur Series Events650550450275225120
Women’s Western Junior45037527515050NA

*excluding team events.

Other Events Considered: Players may be awarded points for other high-level competitions not included on this list at the discretion of the Team Colorado Committee. If players would like to submit an event for consideration, please email the results to Ashley at aharrell@coloradogolf.org. All point values will be determined solely by the Team Colorado Committee.

USNDP Grant Program

The USNDP offers a Grant Program for junior golfers with financial need, whether or not they are members of Team Colorado. Learn more HERE.

Team Colorado Committee

Colorado Golf Association: Ed Mate, Ashley Harrell, Cayla Regnery

Colorado Section of the PGA: Peter Weisel, PGA

At Large: Mark Crabtree

2024 Points Lists

Links to active 2024 Points Lists will be found here once the first points criteria event is played.

Questions

Contact Ashley at aharrell@coloradogolf.org.