History of GAJUGA
Randy and Sue Thomas started GAJUGA in the summer of 1995. Randy thought that since he was the Gaylord High School golf team coach, it would be a perfect fit to begin the junior golf program. The first year, the program started with 35 - 40 kids. One of the goals was to organize a girl's high school golf team through the efforts of junior golf.
A few years later, Pat Duffy took over the GAJUGA program from Randy and Sue. Then after a couple of years of inactivity, Mark Hogan, Golf Professional at Otsego Club, organized a committee of golf professionals and interested community members in 2005 to re-energize the program. In 2007, over 170 kids from the age of 7 to 17 were involved in the growing program. In 2008, GAJUGA launched a new website (gaylordjuniorgolf.com) and new mini-camps for more specialized lessons for area junior golfers.
In an effort to keep the program fresh, recent changes include the addition of five more instructional clinics (now totaling nine) utilizing the "First Tee" core value program. Our 2018 program will introduce the game of golf to the youth in our community while helping to create better citizens.