The Valley Junior Golf Association (VJGA) is a 501 (3)(c) non-profit organization dedicated to young people and golf. VJGA was formed in 1987 to promote the traditions of golf and encourage competition and camaraderie among junior golfers.
VJGA was created to educate young people about the game of golf, the skill, self-discipline, the competition and the joy of the game. We are happy to provide golf tournaments, instruction, college information classes, rules, fitness classes, and life skill classes to juniors between the ages of 4-18. It is our sincere hope that by participating in VJGA, members develop skills and memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.
Statistics prove that 85% of juniors who participate in junior golf attend and graduate college. VJGA is proud of our 'life-skills' curriculum entitled "18 Holes Fore Success". Our program addresses the learning and preparation process of the game of golf and the game of life. VJGA is proud of our record of success with the juniors. VJGA boasts PGA & LPGA tour Players, Rickie Fowler, Brendan Steele, John Mallinger, Sydnee Michaels, while praising former members who have had success in business and life. We are thrilled to have alumni member's children as current members!
Valley Junior Golf Association is extremely proud of our organization and record. We believe that "Golf is Good for Kids".
Meet the Directors
Lou Skovron, PGA Executive Director of Programs
Lou began his career in golf after attending the University of San Diego where he was Player of the Year. Lou entered the PGA Program in 1970 and is a lifetime member of the PGA of America. In those 45+ years he has been an assistant professional, head professional, golf director, project manager, and general manager at courses such as Lake San Marcos CC, The Meadows, Rancho Bernardo, The Links @ Monarch Beach, Rancho California GC & SCGA GC. Lou currently teaches at the Professional Golfer’s Career College and gives lessons at the Murrieta Valley Golf Range. Lou is a former President of the San Diego Chapter PGA and was voted Professional of the Year for the Inland Empire Chapter PGA in 2008.
Lou began working with junior golf while in college in San Diego. He helped to organize and teach junior lessons for the San Diego Junior Golf Assocation. Lou has served as Junior Chairman and was voted Junior Chairman of the Year in both the Inland Empire Chapter PGA and Southern California Section PGA. He currently sits on the Junior Golf Advisory Board for Southern California Section PGA. Lou is a past board member for VJGA. Lou was given the prestigious 'Bill Bryant Award' in 2014 for the SCPGA Foundation. Lou is currently an Honorary Life Member of the PGA. He also boasts being published in Golf Magazine's "Shortcuts to Better Golf"' and was named in the 'Top 100 Influential People in Golf in San Diego'. Lou feels that golf provides a positive activity for youngsters during a period in their lives that requires direction and supervision. Lou's passion is to help people enjoy golf and he believes that "golf is the one sport that people can enjoy for a lifetime".
Valarie Skovron, Executive Director of Operations
Valarie has been in the golf industry for 45+ years. She has been in the wholesale, retail, and merchandising end of the business while owning and managing numerous golf shops and retail stores while working with her husband Lou in the golf course management company. Valarie has also been involved in the interior design and clothing industries for most of her life.
After moving to the Temecula Valley, Valarie became involved in numerous community organizations. She was a founding member of the Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, sat on the board at The Linfield School and was elected to the board of Valley Junior Golf Association( VJGA) in 1989. Valarie was elected as President in 1992 and went to work full time in 1996. At that time Jean Williams and Valarie built VJGA to over 500 members with 50+ tournaments per year and the International Junior Championship. Valarie resigned her position in 2000 while staying on the board until it's hiatus in 2004.
Valarie has held her current position as Director of Operations with VJGA since it's rebirth in 2008. While operating the organization, Valarie has maintained a career as a Wardrobe Consultant/Sales Rep for a premier California clothing company, cabi. Valarie has a passion to help women feel good about themselves and to help young people to grow up happy and successful being who they are. She truly believes that 'golf is good for kids".
Mark Bland, Tournament Operations and Rules Committee
Coach Mark Bland began his interest in golf as a young boy. His father, Dick, was an excellent golfer who won the St. Paul Amateur Golf Tournament at age 19. Expressing his interest in golf, Coach Mark’s father told him the best way to learn the game was to caddy. Coach Mark would caddy for his father and uncle. Coach Mark would play with friends who were members of the high school golf team. They encouraged him to try out for the high school team but Mark had to work too often. Coach Mark soon enlisted in the military and would play golf whenever and wherever he could. Coach Mark has played golf in Italy, Spain, Japan, and The Philippines. After retiring from the military, Mark began his golf career.
He attended the Professional Golfer’s Career College (PGCC). Coach Mark started working at Temecula Creek Inn as an Assistant Professional. He then worked at Quail Ranch GC as Asst. General Manager, at Oak Valley GC as First Asst. Prof., then went to SCGA Members Club, and then returned to PGCC as Admissions Director. Coach Mark also taught business classes at PGCC. Coach Mark then became General Manager at The Legends GC in Temecula. Throughout his 20 year career in golf, he has worked with junior programs, women’s golf programs, and professional tournaments including PGA Q School at both Oak Valley and SCGA Members Club. Coach Mark is totally supportive of golf’s efforts to promote youth golf. His two sons, James & Nick both played golf and Nick is the Tournament Director for the Golden State Tour. Mark continues to help recruit members for VJGA and recently signed up his Grandson, Jack with VJGA.