The AJGA is the best place for junior golfers
to be discovered by college coaches, plain and
simple. But it is not the only
2003, AJGA officials realized the need to
create an objective system that would allow
junior golfers to earn status on the AJGA
through their performance in targeted events
throughout the season. The Performance-Based
Entry System (PBE) recognizes tournaments
based on their historical strength of field
and awards AJGA performance stars based on a
The system has worked well so far and
continues to undergo improvements and
modifications on an annual basis.
Prospects who have reached high school need to
be keenly aware of how the PBE system works in
order to plan their upcoming tournament
schedules. The AJGA website includes a printable
PBE table for boys and girls to use as a
resource. Once you have read the table, you will
realize how many quality non-AJGA events and
tours are available to help you reach your
long-term tournament goals. The AJGA also
offers a state-by-state map of non-AJGA events
that offer players an opportunity to earn
additional PBE stars.
During the fall, winter, and spring months,
numerous national and regional tours offer
players an opportunity to earn AJGA status.
Additionally, certain individual events are
included in PBE to help players identify a place
to play and to provide them with an objective
way to earn AJGA status for future summers. The
PBE also includes many non-AJGA summer events.
Each State Junior Championship is recognized as
well as several national qualifying events.
Players can also earn status at qualifiers
conducted by the AJGA each week of an open
event. Along the way, players will build their
competitive golf resumes and begin to gain
exposure among college coaches. Remember that
all tournaments matter to coaches and most
tournaments, based on PBE, can help you gain
My suggestion for current high school students
is to use the AJGA PBE as a road map to help
develop a tournament schedule that will
ultimately create exposure for you among
several, quality college programs. The AJGA
remains an excellent venue for you to achieve
your college placement goals.
Start planning today!