Founded in 1946, we are a volunteer, not-for-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to promote amateur golf, to encourage friendly competition and to create an awareness of and appreciation for a variety of courses in Southern New Jersey. Through the IRS’s 501c3 status, SJGA offers golf etiquette and rules seminars to its participants, scholarships to graduating high school seniors who reside in the eight counties that are SJGA designated and Junior Amateur Championships for players, ages 9-18.
We provide services to male and female member golfers and public, semiprivate, private & clubs without real estate in the eight counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem situated in the southern New Jersey area.) Since 2014, we have collaborated with NJSGA in promoting opportunities for golfers from the central and northern counties to participate in our events, offering them entry to both public and private golf clubs in our southern tier, without having to be members of SJGA clubs.
SJGA is authorized by the United States Golf Association to post individual stroke play scores, to provide official course and slope ratings and to establish pace of play ratings. SJGA raters are trained by the U.S.G.A. We act as a liaison between the USGA, member clubs and individual SJGA members to encourage conformance with USGA Rules of Golf by creating a representative authority in promoting a uniform system of handicapping as set forth in the USGA handicap Manual.