History

Respected for pioneering junior golf programs since 1952, the San Diego County Junior Golf Association has dedicated over 60 years to enriching the lives of youth through the game of golf.

Junior Golf has helped influence the lives of thousands of San Diegans and many generations of families who credit their early, but lasting Association experience with later success as business and civic leaders, parents, and individual citizens. It is the principles they learned then that continue to influence their lives today.

After shuttling kids to and from Los Angeles to play in junior tournaments, John Brown and an original group of 50 young players started their own tournaments at the then Mission Valley Country Club in 1952. Two years later John asked a friend, Lou Smith, to take over day-to-day operations, which she did as Executive Secretary until 1986.

John Brown became and remained President of the San Diego County Junior Golf Association for the next 33 years, then handed responsibility over to Norrie West, who remained President until 1993. Lou Smith passed on the torch to her daughter-in-law Joan Smith, who served the Association and its members for 40 years before retiring in the year 2000.

Along with a group of loyal volunteers, they have given kids the chance to play affordable golf and grow as individuals along the way. The original charter of the Association designed by John Brown and Lou Smith has remained relevant-and held up for 60 years:

  • Proper conduct, firmly enforced
  • Adult scorers with every appropriate playing group
  • Appropriate courses for each age group
  • Tournaments to be run by Association staff, not course operators or pros
  • Courses were to be left as they were found