Jacksonville Area Golf Association

When the Jacksonville Area Golf Association was created in 1954, the primary function of the organization was to operate the area’s championship tournaments, namely the City Men’s Championship. Now in its 55th year of existence, the JAGA has branched out to serve the Northeast Florida golfing community in a number of ways. At its core, the JAGA is a non-profit effort dedicated to the promotion of “the ancient and honorable game of golf.”

The JAGA is a collaborative effort between all of the area’s clubs, whether they’re military-use, public, semi-private or private, the members of those clubs and area golf professionals to improve upon the quality of golf in the region, and to provide a lasting legacy for younger golfers. The organization also strives to promote and improve amateur golf in Northeast Florida and encourages communication between golf professionals, general managers and greens superintendents for the betterment of the game.

With more than 50 Member Clubs, the JAGA is the largest and most active amateur golf association in Northeast Florida. Each individual who belongs to a member club automatically becomes a member of the Jacksonville Golf Association. Members can get involved by sitting on the JAGA’s Board of Directors and attending and participating in regular monthly meetings. Members also provide financial support to the JAGA by paying annual dues, and by supporting the organization’s Scholarship Fund with annual fundraising events.

The Scholarship Program funded by the JAGA is one of the orgainzation’s most important and impressive community outreach efforts. Initiated by JAGA in 1978, the scholarship program started with a humble donation of $26.00. To date, more than $1.3 million has beene awarded to students since the program’s inception. Presently 27 students, known as “JAGA Scholars” are on a $3,000 a year scholarship for four years. The fund has been fueled by contributions from member clubs, profi ts from JAGA tournaments and from individual donations. The JAGA scholarship program has provided scholarships to more than 200 students. The fund itself has grown to more than $300,000 through the generosity of the area’s golfi ng public.

Initially called the Jacksonville Amateur Golf Association, JAGA was formed to provide a quality amateur golf championship tournament for men in Jacksonville, a promise that the orginzation continues to keep. The JAGA still holds the City Men’s Champioship, a junior tournament, a father-son event, an event for seniors and two-ball matches for men and mixed teams. Overall, 12 golf tournaments are conducted by the JAGA each calendar year, all at members clubs.

The organization’s Web site, www.jaxareagolfassn.com, provides pertinent and timely information such as officers, meetings, tournaments, a constitution, by-laws and a list of scholars.

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