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Springbrook Golfer Wins State Junior Challenge

Scotty Boyajian, one of the players on Springbrook Golf Course’s first PGA Junior League team in 2013, is now competing regularly on the state and regional tournament circuit. Scotty won the Illinois Junior Golf Association’s Players Challenge #3 at Pheasant Run on June 22-23, scoring 69 and 72.


Scotty Boyajian with his ILGA trophy

“These are fantastic scores,” said Todd Russell, golf professional at Springbrook Golf Course and Scotty’s golf teacher and trainer. “In the past four years Scotty has worked hard to develop his golf game and is now seeing the results of his dedication.”

Boyajian, 16, will be a junior at Metea Valley High School this fall, where he has played varsity golf since his freshman year.  He plays high school golf in the fall and maintains a heavy tournament schedule in the spring and summer.

Todd Russell instructs Scotty Boyajian on the fine points of his swing during a golf lesson at Springbrook Golf Course

“Scotty trains twice a week at the Golf Training Center, where we work on flexibility and range of motion, building core strength and lower body strength,” explained Russell. “This targeted fitness training, along with his growth in height, resulted in gaining club head speed and power in his swing.”

Todd Russell gives fitness instruction to golfers at Brooks Golf Academy Training CenterScotty is fourth from the left.

Scotty has been golfing since the age of nine, first taught by his grandfather. "He (his grandfather) did a good job teaching Scotty the basics," said Todd. "When he started with us, he was really advanced in knowing the etiquette, strategy and equipment. He just needed teechnical swing instruction."

The 2013 PGA Junior League team at Springbrook. Scotty is second from the left in the back row.

When asked why he likes the game of golf and what keeps him going, Scotty said that it's fun and something that he can do with his friends. Some of his golf friends are from his years on the PGA Junior Team at Springbrook and others are from the tournament circuit.

What’s Next?

Scotty is looking forward to another season competing for Metea and the next tournament challenge is always around the corner.  This summer he will continue to play in tournaments through the Illinois Junior Golf Association the Mid-American Junior Golf Tour, which is described as “designed for exceptionally talented junior golfers throughout the Midwest ages 12-18, and the American Junior Golf Association, a national organization. 

Hitting balls at Springbrook during his golf lesson in preparation for the Illinois State Junior Amateur in Barrington.

Junior Golf Opportunities at Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses

Whether your son or daughter is interested in learning golf as a fun, lifetime sport or wants the opportunity to compete with the goal of a college scholarship, Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses offer many ways to introduce kids to the game of golf.

•Junior Summer Golf Camps for ages 5-15. Learn the fundamentals of putting, chipping and full swing and participate in fun competitions.

•Parent/Junior Clinic and Golf for ages 5 and up.  Each lesson includes an hour of instruction and 90 minutes of golf course play.

•Golf Lessons – Junior Clinics for ages 5-15. 

•Golf Lessons – Private

•PGA Junior League Golf – for ages 9-13, register in the early spring.

•Golf Lessons – Junior 9-Hole Leagues – for ages 10-17

•Golf Lessons: Junior 18-Hole League – ages 10-17

And junior golfers ages 9-17 are invited to enter the annual Naperville Junior Amateur Championship – hosted at Naperbrook Golf Course in July.

Coach Todd Russell with the Springbrook PGA Junior League team, 2017

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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