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The AJGA Junior at Lone Tree is a 36-hole, stroke play event hosted at Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. The event features 78 juniors, ages 12-18, from 17 states and six countries. The lone tree Lone Tree Golf Club is named for a single tree that use to sit near No. 9's teeing ground. Planted in 1899, it was the only tree standing on the land where the course was built. Sadly the tree has since died, but it's trunk remains where it was planted more than a century ago. Chris Korte of Highland Ranch, Colo., shot an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AJGA Blog
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A Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Event The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy (GGGA), located near Orlando, Fla., in Howey-in-the-Hills at Bishops Gate Golf & Lakeside Community, is the world's premier junior golf academy. In addition to the junior golf program, GGGA also features summer golf camps, winter golf camps and programs, training and golf lessons for amateurs, professionals and adults. The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics, evident through exclusive relationships with Montverde Academy, an acclaimed private college preparatory school, and the American Junior Golf Association. Gary Gilchrist, founder of the Gary... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AJGA Blog
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Innisbrook Resort North Course The Preseason Junior at Innisbrook was a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-70 course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club - North Course. The event featured 62 boys and 20 girls, ages 12-18, from 12 states and 10 countries. The Boys Division played the course at 5,972 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 5,424 yards. Larry Packard Design All four of the golf courses at Innisbrook Resort were designed by famous course designer Larry Packard. A signature of Packard’s was making the first six holes of a golf course easier than... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at AJGA Blog
By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman) AJGA Communications Easter weekend will be the busiest weekend yet for the AJGA in 2014. Between April 17 and 20, the AJGA will host four tournaments across the United States. In 2014, Georgia, Texas, Arizona and Florida will host the best junior golfers in the world. Get all the updates and join the conversation on our Twitter and Facebook pages! Learn more about the four tournaments that make up the AJGA's Easter weekend. 1,059 = total number of playing opportunities for junior golfers at AJGA Easter weekend events. 4 = number of Easter weekend AJGA tournaments.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AJGA Blog
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Golf Course The Masters Course at Brookhaven Country Club was built in 1957 and was the first ClubCorp to exist. The course has 54 holes with a 9 hole putt-putt course. Around 110,000 rounds of golf are played here each year. Brookhaven is rated the No. 1 family club in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Big Names at Brookhaven Pro golfers, Jordan Spieth, Scott Verplank, Andrew Magee and Brian Watts have all played this course. Siblings in the Field Twin sisters, Megan Ohland and Ashley Ohland of Gilbert, Ariz., not only competed against the field, but also against each other. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AJGA Blog
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Throughout the next several months, we will begin a four-part series called Leadership Links: My Story. The series will consist of blogs written by AJGA juniors who are members of the Leadership Links Program. These posts will highlight some of the more than 300 juniors who give back to their communities and what motivates them to be involved in the program. Featured juniors: Andy Ring, Glenside, Pennsylvania, Class of 2016 Hannah Berman, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Class of 2016 Haydyn Gibson, Clearwater, Florida, Class of 2016 Kenzie Wright, McKinney, Texas, Class of 2016 Madison Barnett, Mableton, Georgia, Class of 2016... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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River Ridge Golf Club The AJGA Junior at River Ridge was a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the Victoria Lakes Course at River Ridge Golf Club. The event featured 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 14 states and 10 different countries. The Boys Division played the course at 6,870 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 6,065 yards. FootGolf River Ridge Golf Club is home to the first FootGolf course in Southern California and has aligned itself with the American FootGolf League (AFGL). FootGolf is an international sport combining soccer and golf. Baxter the Dog... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Home of the “Big Break” champion The Champion of Golf Channel’s Big Break Greenbrier, Mark Silvers, is a Savannah, Ga., native. He also holds an honorary membership at Savannah Quarters Country Club. Greg Norman Design Located outside of Savannah, Ga., the golf course at Savannah Quarters Country Club is designed by “The Shark” Greg Norman. The property captures southeast Georgia’s natural beauty. The Norman Course includes, wide fairways, tall trees, and natural hazards that can make it a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Wildlife of Savannah Many different species of animals can be found in the Savannah area.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Golf Course The Balboa Golf Course opened in 1987, is one of nine courses in Hot Springs Village and is considered one of the most challenging. Golf Digest rated Balboa Golf Course as the No. 7 course in the state’s best rankings for 2005-2006. International Players in Field There were six international players in the field. Juan Antonio Padilla from Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, Guillermo Casares of San Andres Cholula, Mexico, Hiu Lam Vanessa Yan of Hong Kong, China, Oi Lam Michelle Yan of Hong Kong, China, Carlos Rascos of Bogota, Columbia and Jason Chan Young Chung of Thornhill, Ontario. Siblings... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Cimarron Hills was a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at Cimarron Hills Golf & Country Club. The event featured 62 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 11 states and six countries. Of the 83 players, 52 of them are from Texas. The Boys Division played the course at 6,652 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 5,698 yards. Dennis McGrail (left) is the former Director of Golf at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans. The club has hosted several... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship was a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at Stonebriar Country Club. The event featured 51 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states and eight countries. The Boys Division played the course at 6,905 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,110 yards. Mahan Mania PGA Tour Professional Hunter Mahan stopped by Stonebriar Country Club Friday night to provide tips, strategies, and stories with the AJGA juniors playing in the weekend's tournament. After answering questions and practicing a few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Erik Potts, AJGA Communications Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Junior at Spring Valley is a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-71 course at Spring Valley Country Club. The event features 54 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 14 states and six countries. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,748 yards while the Girls Division play the course at 5,976 yards. Weekend of firsts The 2014 AJGA Junior at Spring Valley is the first AJGA event held at Spring Valley Country Club. Firsts were also synonymous with the first-round leaders. William... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Country Club Pine Island Country Club was designed by Charles M. Mahannah and built in 1968 but underwent major renovations in 2006. This included a beautiful new clubhouse and banquet center. Larry Yount and his staff keep it in great shape. Pine Island Namesake The course is named after a small island on the right side of No. 10. The island consists of a playable bunker with a lone pine tree. It is a unique aspect of the club along with the hardwood trees littering the course. The course also has elevation changes and water features throughout. Siblings in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Roseanna Smith (@AJGASmith), AJGA Communications Jimmy Walker is playing in his ninth Valero Texas Open March 27-30, but there’s more to the story than just being a hometown tournament for the FedExCup points leader. Walker has a little San Antonio junior golf history as well: he played in the Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open, then-dubbed the Texace San Antonio Shootout. The tournament itself dates back to 1992 when Tiger Woods won with a tournament total 210. The Valero Texas Open has been an AJGA partner in San Antonio since 2004. Walker, a Rolex Junior All-American, broke... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications March is coming to a close, and that means the AJGA spring season is about to begin. In honor of the first week of spring AJGA events, let's meet the intern teams who will be traveling the country! The 2014 spring interns Team 1 (top row left to right) Justin Jarman, Daniel Castles (middle row) Brendon Bland, Matt Mayes (bottom row) Brooke Luckenbill, Jourdan Semmel The members of Team 1 are all from different states and have a wide array of interests including reading, volunteering, wrestling, rugby and of course, golf. They will travel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications When 120 players teed off on Thursday at Bay Hill Club & Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, 32 players in the field played in AJGA events. Of those 32, eight have played at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. For five years, Bay Hill hosted the AJGA’s longest-running boys Invitational, the CB&I Boys Championship (then known as the HP Boys Junior Championship). Meet the eight TOUR players who took a little extra experience into the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Rickie Fowler Fowler competed at Bay Hill in 2005 and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communcations It will be an AJGA reunion at the 2014 Curtis Cup as the eight players who will compete for the United States are all AJGA alumnae. The match, which will be conducted at St. Louis Country Club, June 6-8, will unite the all-AJGA team which has a combined total of 33 AJGA victories and 27 Rolex Junior All-America honors. The team will consist of: USC sophomore Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz., UCLA freshman Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., UCLA sophomore Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., Mississippi State junior Ally McDonald of Fulton, Miss., USC... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Austen Truslow of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., started the Puerto Rico Junior Open just like every other player in the field, but after three rounds and 58 holes, he earned a one-stroke victory and an exemption into the PGA TOUR’S Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com. Truslow won the Puerto Rico Junior Open in a sudden-death playoff “It is overwhelming to see my name on the player list with a lot of the guys I have been watching for the last ten years,” Truslow said. “I just can’t wait to play in general. It is going to be incredible. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications On Friday, Feb. 28, 95 of the most-talented young adults in the country descended on the American Junior Golf Association’s National Headquarters in Braselton, Ga., for the AJGA’s Intern Recruiting Weekend. Candidates came from more than 70 different colleges and universities and were vying for 48 spots in the AJGA’s summer internship program. They traveled from as far away as Spain and the United Kingdom to showcase what they could bring to the AJGA. Recruits arrived Friday night and were given a tour of the AJGA Headquarters before having dinner and listening to guest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications If you ask Chris Dernick how she became involved in the AJGA she will tell you a story about a Sunday in the early 90s when she and her family were having Easter brunch. As they were leaving, they caught the end of a golf tournament. The tournament was conducted by the AJGA. Her children saw the juniors playing and how much of a big deal it was and they immediately wanted to get involved. Fast-forward 20 years and you will find Chris Dernick busily running around The Club at Carlton Woods’ Fazio Championship... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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The beautiful Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club hosted the AJGA Preseason Junior at Vinoy for the second consecutive year. The resort is a historic landmark of the city of St. Petersburg and offers a picture perfect site for golfers of all ages. Opening in 1925, the golf club plays host to 432 active members and has held the distinction of being a historical landmark site since 1994. It displays a unique variety of wildlife, with several species of bird inhabiting the area, including eagles and ospreys. The Audubon Society annually conducts bird counts here during the week of Christmas.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at AJGA Blog
By: Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman) AJGA Communications For AJGA juniors, the Invitational stage is as big as it gets. With players coming from all over the world to compete, the competition is always tough. The field at the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods is no exception. 6 of 10: The field is determined by the Polo Golf Rankings, with invitations being sent to the top players. This year the field features six of the top-10 boys including the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked players, Scott Scheffler of Dallas, and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla. Between Scheffler and Dalke, there is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications Tournament Website There are many AJGA tournaments which boast successful alumni, but few have the track record of the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. Past winners of this event include some of the most well-known names on the PGA TOUR. In the inaugural CB&I Boys Championship in 1987, Jim Furyk took home the coveted trophy. In 1989, David Duval claimed the championship, and three years after a player most people have heard of, Tiger Woods, walked away as the 1992 winner. The list of champions continues with names like, Rickie Fowler and Jordan... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Tim Jackman, AJGA Communications Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley is a 54-hole stroke play competition featuring 60 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from nine states and Canada. The par-72 Oak Valley Golf Club is playing 6,595 yards for the boys and 5,716 for the girls. A First Time For Everything The winner of both the Boys Division and the Girls Division were playing in their first AJGA tournament. Shawn Lu of Honolulu, finished with a tournament-total 142 to medal in the Boys Division. In the Girls Division, Nastasia Kossacky of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications It’s been six years since Annika played in her last professional tournament, closing a career that included 72 LPGA victories, 10 major wins and eight Rolex Player of the Year Awards, the most of any female golfer. Most of the girls playing at this week’s ANNIKA Invitational were the age of eight or younger when she retired from golf. However, ask any player in the field and it is clear that Annika’s legacy is larger than ever. A promise to Annika “I’m speechless. She is a legend and she is the reason I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at AJGA Blog