JAGA was established in 1954 as an umbrella organization to promote golf and golf-related activities at clubs throughout North Florida. JAGA is to local golf what the Florida State Golf Association is to golf in Florida and the United States Golf Association is to golf in the U.S.
JAGA is a volunteer organization whose membership is comprised of golf clubs and courses. It has approximately 40 member clubs. Each club is represented by up to four directors who are identified by the club or current directors or individuals who express interest in becoming one. There are more than 100 names on the JAGA directors’ list. JAGA directors meet a minimum of six times per year to conduct business and further the JAGA mission.
JAGA’s mission is:
To promote interest and participation in the game of golf.
To arrange competitive tournaments, and to act as a coordinator for tournament schedules in the area.
To promote unity among member clubs in accordance with U.S.G.A. standards and recommendations.
To encourage and promote junior golf.
To process the nomination and selection of candidates for scholarship awards and to ensure the recipients maintain proper academic and moral standards during their term of study.
JAGA’s website is: www.jaxareagolf.org
JAGA’s mailing address is: 830-13 A1A North, Box 158, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Primary Functions of the Organization
Conducts and/or supports up to 12 area amateur championships throughout the year, including male and female events for men, women, seniors, and juniors.
Manages a college scholarship program (JAGA Charitable Trust) that can maintain financial aid for up to 28 deserving students every year ($1,000 per semester per student). Since 1974, the Trust has generated $1.8 million for approximately 375 students.
Assists member clubs in disseminating information and news.
Interfaces and coordinates with other area golf organizations – the Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA, North Florida Junior Golf Foundation, First Coast Women’s Amateur, North Florida Superintendents Association, Jacksonville Women’s Golf Association, Ladies Amateur Golf Association, The First Tee of North Florida, and Moore-Myers Children’s Fund.
Co-sponsors the annual “Celebration of Golf” banquet with the Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA, historically held in February.
Maintains a shared schedule of tournaments with clubs and other golf associations.