Duran Golf Club has plenty to offer young golfers this fall


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Junior League players putt during a match last year. The league drew 48 players in its first season and even more players are expected to come out this fall.

photo courtesy of Duran Golf Club

For a young golfer new to the sport, or simply trying to grow their game this fall, Duran Golf Club has got just the ticket.

The Space Coast Junior Golf Day & Skills Challenge will take place Sept. 24 at Duran’s Development Center and is free to all junior golfers.

A month later, the PGA Junior League will kick off its fall season with a parent informational meeting Oct. 12 with the first practice session a week later and play running from Oct. 19 to Dec. 10.

Duran introduced the junior league last year and it was hugely successful, drawing 48 players the first year. The club is expecting it to be more popular in 2016.

The cost of the junior league is $175 per player. It includes a PGA Junior League jersey, hat and bag tag along with five practice sessions led by Duran’s director of instruction Justin Blazer and five matches of team play. There will also be a year-end award dinner with prizes.

Duran golf pro Matt Morrison said the league is perfect for beginning players because not only do they get quality instruction, but the team scramble format means they don’t have to play their own ball all around the course. They will also get a chance to learn from their peers.

“It can handle elite players, and it can handle people that have never touched a golf club because of the team atmosphere of it,” Morrison said. “We don’t stack our teams where we have two great players playing together.

“We get the good player playing with the new player so the (new player) can learn from the good player and they can help each other out.”

The skills challenge will begin with a free golf clinic led by Blazer at 10 a.m. and followed by a free lunch at noon. The skills competition, which consists of driving, pitching and putting, will follow with players broken up into age groups.

“If they’re just starting out, it’s a good way to come get instruction, see where your skills match up, get fitted for some equipment and then join the junior league,” Morrison said.

To register for the skills challenge or golf league, go to durangolf.com, email Blazer at jkb@durangolf.com or call 321-504-7776, ext. 7460.