The Buffalo District Golf Association (BDGA) will continue to partner with the Western New York PGA (WNYPGA) to enhance the junior golf experience for our players, parents, coaches and golf courses in WNY!
Once again in 2023, junior golfers can earn points through the WNYPGA Junior Tour to represent the BDGA at the Williamson Cup. The BDGA will be counting a player’s top three (3) finishes at WNYPGA Junior Tour events conducted at BDGA Member Clubs*. In addition, players will also have the opportunity to earn points towards the WNYPGA Player of the Year (POY) and the WNYPGA Tour Championship through the BDGA Junior Stroke Play Championship. The BDGA Stroke play will be considered the 4th Major Championship on the WNYPGA Junior Tour Schedule.
The 2023 WNYPGA Junior Tour schedule will feature eight (8) events hosted at BDGA Member Clubs as well as the opportunity to play premier clubs located outside of the BDGA territory. Events fill up fast so do not miss your chance to sign up for the courses you want!
The BDGA will continue to conduct 3 major junior championships; The BDGA Jr. Stroke Play Championship, BDGA Jr. Match Play Championship, and the Erie County Amateur Championship.
Players are also encouraged to participate in the 2023 NYS Junior Amateur Championship to earn additional points towards the BDGA Race to the Williamson Cup.
*To earn points to represent the BDGA at the Williamson Cup, players must compete in the 16-18 year old division of the WNYPGA Junior Tour.
For any questions related to BDGA Junior Golf, please contact Mike Dirkes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To be eligible to participate in all BDGA Junior Championships, all players must be 18 years old or younger as of August 8, 2023 and have an active USGA GHIN Handicap (Free of Charge) through a BDGA Member Club or the NYSGA eClub of Western NY.
There are 12 boys' tournaments that will count towards the Boys' Junior and Sub-Junior "Player of the Year". The first 11 events will determine who gets invited to compete in the Williamson Cup (top-3 juniors, the fourth is a committee pick) and Interdistrict Championship (top-6 juniors and sub-juniors).
Points Lists (PDF): Boys Juniors (15-18) // Boys' Sub-Juniors (14 & Under)
To be eligible, players must play in 2 of 3 BDGA junior majors (BDGA Jr. stroke play, Jr. match play, and/or Erie County Amateur). For complete terms and conditions, including the points schedule, click here.
The Williamson Cup
The Williamson Cup, established in 1964, is an international junior competition with teams representing 11 different golf associations from the northeastern United States and Canada. The Buffalo District Golf Association was one of four original teams to compete in the inaugural Williamson Cup hosted by Winged Foot Golf Club. The BDGA's first victory coming in 1966 at Atlantic City Country Club, followed by a successful defense of the title in 1967 at the Country Club of Buffalo.
Each year the BDGA sends four junior golfers from the region to compete in the Williamson Cup, the BDGA Team will consist of the Top-3 Players on the BDGA Junior Points List as well as a fourth player, who is chosen by the BDGA Board of Directors.
The 2023 Williamson Cup will be hosted by the Golf Ontario, the event will be held at Lookout Point Country Club on August 13th & 14th
To learn more about this event, click here.