For your information, the state of Florida has 659 high schools. Divided by population into two classes: Class A (student populations from 22-1271) and Class 2A (student populations from 1272-4071). Both Class A and Class 2A are broken down into 16 Districts. And approximately 450 of those schools have golf programs.
The high school golf season is in the fall at Florida. The season starts in early August and ends in November. High school golf matches are typically 9 holes and are usually played on weekdays after school. The District and Regional tournaments are 18 hole competitions and the State Finals is a 36 hole event.
To decide the state champions in each class, teams compete within their District where the top four teams and two low individuals (not on one of the top four teams) advance to the Regional Tournament. Within each class there are eight Regional Tournaments. Two teams from each Regional Tournament and the low two individuals advance to the State Finals. At the State Finals approximately 96 junior golfers compete in each of the four classes. The Florida State Golf Association is in charge of the on-course tournament administration for the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) finals.
As a Florida High School Golf Association, FSGA was formed in 1913 to protect, preserve, and promote the game of golf. The FSGA includes more than 800 member clubs and 250,000 individual members. The FSGA is a volunteer organization made up of 500 volunteers who serve as tournament officials and course rating experts, and who assist junior and amateur golf in their local areas. We conduct more than 520 tournament days each year, including 38 state championships, and over 45 days of USGA qualifying events, as well as perform more course ratings each year than any other organization in the country.
The FSGA is governed by a volunteer Executive Committee and Board of Directors of approximately 25 individuals. Board members include rules officials, course rating officials, competitive golfers, and men and women of all ages from throughout Florida. The staff of the FSGA is headquartered in Tampa and additional staff members are located in southeast and southwest Florida. The association also actively cooperates with the United States Golf Association, PGA of America, International Association of Golf Administrators, Golf Course Superintendent’s Association, and other Florida golf schools or associations.
The Association provides college scholarships, and in conjunction with the Florida Golf License Plate Fund, provides more than $700,000 in grants per year for First Tee programs and local junior golf programs. Their partnership with the USGA-GHIN handicap service makes up the largest handicapping organization in the country. More than 35 Rules of Golf, course rating, and handicapping seminars are held annually to continually support their volunteers and the work that they do for the game of golf.
FSGA Services including:
– GHIN Handicap Service
– Interclub Matches
– Rules of Golf Interpretation and Seminars
– Course Rating and Measuring
– Turfgrass Research
– Scholarships and Grants
– Florida Junior Tour
– Amateur Status Reinstatement