ABOUT NGJG

Learn about our mission, history and staff.

Our Mission

North Georgia Junior Golf’s (NGJG) mission is to grow junior golf throughout the Greater North Georgia area by providing girls and boys, aged 5-18 and of all skill levels, the opportunity to discover the game, enhance and refine their skills, and advance to the competitive level of school-based competition and beyond. Our vision and commitment is to conduct professionally-run junior tournaments that are affordable and convenient; played on excellent courses that are always close to home. Our tour offers a top-notch experience that consistently exceeds our players’, parents’, and partners’ expectations.

Most importantly, our juniors will learn the proper rules and etiquette, practice good sportsmanship and respect for opponents, and acquire the positive values associated with the great game of golf.

Our History

Founded in 2012 as the Athens Area Junior Golf Tour and based in the Athens area of Northeast Georgia, North Georgia Junior Golf (NGJG) strives to provide junior golfers throughout North Georgia with opportunities to compete in tournaments close to home, while encouraging and assisting juniors with developing their games.

The NGJG Tour conducts one- and two-day events with Spring, Summer and Fall series tournaments that are played on Saturdays and/or Sundays so that family and friends can be involved. Juniors ages 7-18 play from tees with yardages that are suitable to their age. Younger age divisions play with a modified Stableford scoring system to enhance the pace of play. The older divisions play traditional stroke play to help develop their games for high school and college golf, with 2-day events ranked on Junior Golf Scoreboard.

The NGJG Tour conducts more than 25 tournaments annually, including the annual Greater North Georgia Junior Golf Championship. Our tournaments are played on the highest ranked courses in the area which include: The Landing at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Harbor Club, Athens Country Club, The Georgia Club, The University of Georgia Golf Course, Lane Creek Golf Club, Jennings Mill Country Club, Monroe Golf & Country Club, Providence Golf Club, Traditions of Braselton, Double Oaks Golf Club, The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor.

The NGJG League takes place in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Junior golfers in K-9th grade are placed on teams (similar to little league) with weekly practices and scramble matches. It’s perfect for juniors who want to learn how to play golf or that need to develop their game. The NGJG League is popular among kids and is a lot of fun.

The NGJG Academy provides one-on-one instruction from certified Teaching Pros, as well as group clinics, camps, and recruiting seminars.

NGJG Staff

  • Chris Manzi
    Chris Manzi Executive Director

    Chris began his career in the golf business in 1988. He has been involved in the sport for 30 years in several capacities including as a competitive amateur and as an event organizer. In 2015, following a 21-year career in the financial services industry, Chris moved on to take over the business operations and development of what is now NGJG. He remains actively involved in youth sports in the local community. Chris is also a college golf scout for National Scouting Report, covering the Georgia and South Carolina region. Chris and his wife and 2 children have lived in Oconee County since 2004.

  • Cutts Benedict, PGA Academy Director & Instructor

    Cutts has been a full-time PGA golf professional since 1982. He has been the head professional at various clubs covering a 20 year period, most recently at Jennings Mill in Athens from 1997-2006. He served as tournament director for the Web.com Tour Athens Regional Foundation Classic from 2007-2009​. Cutts teaches golf full-time at ​​Lane Creek Golf Club near Athens. Cutts is a past Georgia PGA board member who was honored in 2003 & 2004 with the Horton Smith Award for contributions to PGA education with golf instruction programs. Cutts is a former 3-year letterman for the University of Texas Longhorns.

  • Drew Scoggins
    Drew Scoggins Operations Manager

    Drew is currently the Head Golf Coach at Franklin County High School in Carnesville, Georgia, where he has been since 2008 and has coached high school athletics for the last 17 years. After attending Elbert County High School, Drew went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Emmanuel College and his Masters in Education at Piedmont College. During Drew’s coaching tenure, his teams have won multiple Region championships and finished in the Top 10 in the State on several occasions. Drew and his wife and 2 kids live in Bowman, Georgia.

  • Sara Folk
    Sara Folk Marketing Director

    For over 15 years, Sara has managed countless projects, including graphic design, branding, marketing communications, content architecture, website management, and database administration. Her work has reached both national and international markets, with a focus on the association and accounting industries. Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Jacksonville State University. She and her husband, Ryan, have two young daughters. The oldest enjoys junior golf, and the youngest enjoys singing, dancing, and playing piano.

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