The mission of the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf ‘Sota Series is to provide playing opportunities for the beginning, intermediate and advanced golfers, ages 7-19. These playing opportunities will promote competition and camaraderie.
Any junior who meets the below eligibility AND lives in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin is eligible to play in any ‘Sota Series event
The ‘Sota Series is open to all boys and girls ages 7-19. Juniors will be eligible to play in one of the Tours based on their age as of September 1 during the year of play. Juniors who have reached their 19th birthday prior to September 1 are eligible only if it is the summer immediately following high school graduation. The Minny, Prep and Junior Tour are open to juniors of various playing abilities: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The Players Tour is an invite only program based on the juniors’ scores in our program the previous year or a handicap requirement..
*Juniors will be eligible to play in Tours based on their age as of September 1 in the year of play.
Minny Tour: Designed for 7-12-year-olds who have little or no experience in competitive golf. Events are held on all Par-3 courses. They will play in age divisions of 7-9 & 10-12. We do allow caddies for Minny Tour events.
Prep Tour: Designed for 7-12-year-olds who have more experience in competitive golf. These juniors will have a chance to play on 9-hole executive and regulation courses and 18-hole executive courses. Age divisions will also be 7-9 & 10-12. We do allow caddies for Prep Tour events.
*NOTE: Juniors ages 7-12 years old can play in both the Minny and Prep Tour events.
Junior Tour: Designed for 13-19-year-olds. All events are 18-hole stroke-play competitions. This is for players who are looking to play competitive golf in a recreational environment—similar to other club-level sports. It is also a great option for those looking to play competitively in high school. The Junior Tour is the primary pre-requisite to earn status on the Players Tour. Age divisions are 13-15 & 16-19.
*NOTE: A junior does have the option to play up on the Junior Tour if they are under the age of 13. They would need to pay the appropriate membership fee and we would need to receive a recommendation letter/email that the junior can play up on the Junior Tour. If a junior does play up on the Junior Tour, they cannot play back down in Minny and Prep Tour events.
Players Tour: The Players Tour is an invitational program in which the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Committee determines eligibility requirements. This is open to boys and girls ages 13–19. Invites are sent out to juniors based on their average score to par using their top three scores in our program from the previous year or having a certain handicap requirement.