JAGA 101

Simply put, JAGA is to golf in Northeast Florida what the Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) is to golf in Florida and the United States Golf Association (USGA) is to golf in the United States.

• What is JAGA’s role?
@ Promote local golf
@ Conduct local tournaments and support select others
@ Clearinghouse for information, including scheduling
@ JAGA Board meets at least 8 times a year to bring directors/clubs together
@ Maintain a scholarship program for college students (since 1974) and an apprentice pro seeking certification as a PGA of America member.
@ Present “JAGA Awards” to seven deserving members of the golf community for contributions in key areas, with the Deane Beman Award being the most prestigious honor.
@ Interface with other area golf organizations
@ Co-sponsor with PGA Chapter and host annual Celebration of Golf banquet

• What is JAGA’s history?
@ Established in 1954
@ Scholarship program launched in 1974
@ Oldest continuously played events are JAGA Senior Amateur (1958) and JAGA Jacksonville Amateur (1962)

• What is a JAGA “member”?
Any organization which is approved for membership by the JAGA Executive Committee, and which is current with its annual dues. All but a select few are golf clubs, courses or facilities in Northeast Florida. People/individuals are not “members” of JAGA. Currently there are 40 JAGA member clubs.

• What is a JAGA “director”?
A person who is appointed by a member organization to represent its interests. Each organization may appoint up to six directors. JAGA currently has about 100 directors.

• What is the JAGA “board”?
The directors and JAGA past presidents, who meet eight times annually to conduct the association’s business. Voting is by members, with each member organization having one vote.

• What is the JAGA Executive Committee?
The committee meets a few times annually to discuss matters relating to JAGA and develops recommendations for the Board on overall policy. It is comprised of its officers, several committee chairs, and recent past presidents. A sub-committee selects the JAGA’s annual awards.

• Who elects the officers?
A nominating committee of the current president, the immediate two past presidents, and potentially one or two additional independent directors, presents a slate to the Board annually. Annual elections are conducted at the December meeting.

• What are a director’s responsibilities?
@ Represent his/her club on the Board
@ Disseminate JAGA information to his/her organization’s member base.
@ Share home club information with other JAGA directors (announce at board meetings, submit to Northeast Florida Golf News, etc.)
@ Serve as club’s contact for scholarship nominees

• How can a director participate in JAGA activities?
@ Attend as many Board meetings as possible
@ Volunteer for JAGA tournaments, events, and scholarship committee.
@ Promote JAGA tournament activities within home club (display posters, word of mouth, recruit participants, etc.)
@ Fundraise for scholarships and operational activities
@ Serve on committees


Updated: Jan. 3, 2023