KJGA Director

In an awards ceremony at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, Dean Marks was named a “Master Kids Teacher” by U.S. Kids Golf.  He was named a “Top 50 Kids Teacher” in 2008, 2009, and 2010, earning him the distinction of being named one of only 52 “Master Kids Teachers” in the country.  The list of teachers was compiled from nominations from golf professionals and other in the golf industry.  The teachers are judged according to 16 criteria, including percentage of time devoted to kids programs, creativity, communication and efforts to grow the game.  Read more about the “Top 50 Kids Teacher” program online at www.uskidsgolf.com.

Dean was named the 2012 “Junior Golf Leader” by the Michigan Section PGA, an award he also received in 2007.  He is one of only a few Michigan PGA Professionals to achieve Specialty Certification in Instruction.  He recently became a Level 1 TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and a Level 2 TPI Certified Junior Golf Coach.  Dean has been the Head Women’s Golf Coach for Kalamazoo College since 2003 and involved with the JGA since 1999.  He was recently named Director of Golf for the Kalamazoo Municipal Golf Association and oversees operations at Milham Park, Eastern Hills, and Red Arrow golf courses.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1987
  • Achieved 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status in 2015 and renamed to Kalamazoo Junior Golf Association
  • Director: PGA Certified Professional Dean Marks, named 2007, 2012 “Junior Golf Leader” by Michigan Section PGA, 2011 “Master Kids Teacher” and 2008, 2009, & 2010 “Top 50 Kids Teacher” by U.S. Kids Golf
  • 2024 KJGA Entry Fee: $40.00 membership fee, $10 per 18 hole event, $5 per 9 hole event
  • 102 KJGA Scholarships Awarded Since 1997, totaling $146,500

Thank you for another great year!

2023 Information
Participants: 175
Events: 27
Host Courses: 21