This summer (2018), we inaugurated, the first ever in Brooklyn, PGA Junior League. In partnership with the Marine Park Golf Course, Millennium Development Corp., and the PGA, we are now completing six Thursday sessions with 32 youngsters from 3-6 grades. Every youngster has been issued their own golf bag and clubs for the summer session. The students have been very enthusiastic and appreciative. They are already demonstrating real progress and skill at beginning golf. After the first three instructional sessions, in the final three weeks, we will take the youngsters out on the golf course, in groups, for some competition and scoring.
PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH, with the goal of making the program accessible to all interested kids in the United States and around the world. As such, the program focuses on fun, recreation, good health and sportsmanship. PGA Jr. League is recreational and developmental in nature and works with PGA Sections and local youth organizations across the country to offer an alternative, social golf format. This unique approach highlights team play versus individual competition and serves as a feeder system to transition youth golfers to existing junior golf programs.
The Captain of our PGA team is PGA Pro, Nick Teodosio, a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Penn State University, has been a PGA member since 2010. Nick has worked at a diverse list of country clubs – from Chicago’s Olympia Fields, to the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles – honing his instructional skills under some of the most well known and talented teachers in the world. Nick is the owner and Head Golf Professional at Brooklyn Greens, an Indoor Golf Practice and Learning Studio, equipped with Virtual Driving Range and specializing in Private Golf Lesson. Brooklyn Greens is located at 1410 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn.
Nick has been assisted by volunteer instructors and BGA Board members Herb Rubenstein, Dr. Roman Matthews, Jose Rios, and Mike Weiss as well as community volunteers Al Bonilla, Jack Rainey, Bob Rozzi and the staff and counselors from Millennium Development.