BIGHORN’s Junior Golf Program provides the children of Golf Members an opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of golf in a fun and friendly environment.
The staff at BIGHORN has devised a program that promotes interaction among Junior Golfers and their families through participation in clinics, holiday activities, special tournaments and competition. In addition to the fundamentals of the game, those involved in the Junior Golf Program are taught patience, etiquette and the importance of good sportsmanship. Juniors learn to abide by the rules of the Club, and to respect the privileges afforded them by their participation in the program.
Junior Golf Program includes:
• Unlimited use of practice facilities and access to the golf courses with no limit on the number of rounds played. A $75 Family Rate is applied for each round of golf to juniors not enrolled.
• Ability to register for free lessons with the Junior Golf Director, based on availability.
• Ability to qualify or be selected to join BIGHORN’s Junior Team which competes against top junior golfers at other private clubs in southern California.
• Entry in all pre-scheduled holiday clinics.
• Entry in season-long 9 and 18-hole Individual Challenge Pyramids.
• Entry in annual events including the Parent-Junior Tournament.
• Registration with the United States Golf Association to establish a handicap record.
• Handouts, newsletters and email communications generated specifically for Junior Golf Program Members regarding the rules, etiquette and history of the game, as well as current news and event information.
To register or for more information please call the Golf Shop (760) 773-2468.
Bill Madonna, Junior Golf Director
Bill Madonna has been teaching golf since 1995 and has been helping BIGHORN members with their games since 2002. Bill is a USKids “Top 50 Kids Teacher in America” and he created a Junior Golf Program at BIGHORN that quickly became one of the Club’s most popular amenities. In addition to working with BIGHORN’s adult golfers Bill provides a fun introduction to the game for beginners and young children, as well as challenging competitive experiences for more advanced junior golfers. He makes frequent trips with BIGHORN members to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in an effort to promote junior golf development there, and in the summer months he serves as Teaching Professional at Pestovo Golf and Yacht Club near Moscow, Russia.
BIGHORN stages the annual Parent-Junior Tournament. Two divisions of team compete for prizes by navigating not only the golf course, but also the “unique” rules that apply to each hole. The 9-hole division plays shortened holes in a fun scramble format with their partner in a net better ball format. Afterward, the entire group gathers for a party where awards are given to all participants – including the parents! Entry fees are waived to registered Junior Golfers.
The Challenge Pyramid encourages interaction and competition between all junior golfers. Juniors contact each other to schedule 9 or 18 hole matches at their convenience. Winning a match moves players higher on the pyramid, until someone occupies the top spot. Whoever resides at the top of each pyramid on December 1st is drowned champion! A special trophy is awarded during the Parent-Junior Championship at the end of December.
Congratulations to 15-year old BIGHORN Junior Golfer Taylor Boylan. Taylor is the daughter of Pete and Kathy Boylan, who reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the summer and maintain a family membership at the famed Southern Hills Country Club. Her goal going into the summer was to shoot in the 70s in as many tournament rounds as possible, and she easily met that challenge. Not only did Taylor post a record-low round of 4 under par 70 on the difficult Southern Hills Country Club course this summer (while playing with the SHCC Head Professional, no less), she also carded her first ever Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour victory with rounds of 75 and 73, besting two high school seniors in a playoff for the win. After breaking through with this win, and with several more Top 5 finishes on the OJGT under her belt, Taylor is heading back to BIGHORN this season with a great deal of confidence and a bright future ahead of her.