AJGA Comes to Lake Havasu

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By • May 6th, 2009 • Category: Editor En Route Feature, Sports and Leisure

Junior golf flourishes during the summer months, when school and homework don’t impede on a junior golfer’s desire to compete. In early June, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will bring the nation’s best junior golfers to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for the Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu.

The event, taking place June 2-5, 2009, will be a great opportunity to scout out the top future talent on the pro tours. Spectators may very well be watching the next Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam maneuvering their way around the course. Let’s take a moment to reminisce, pictured below is a youthful Tiger Woods pre-PGA Tour. 


The 54-hole stroke play event will be played at The Refuge Golf Club and will showcase some of the top junior golfers, ages 12-15, from around the country. The Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu is one of 11 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. These events are specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12–15 and present opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into Open tournaments. Juniors are limited to a maximum combination of five AJGA Open and Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events during a calendar year. The series concludes with the AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

The Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu will be one of 86 national junior golf tournaments the AJGA will conduct in 2009. This year’s schedule features tournaments in more than 30 states.   

Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, a full-time signature golf instruction program, enters its first year as an Official Partner of the AJGA. The partnership features an endowment of an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and the naming rights to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series, which will provide juniors access to national competitive golf opportunities.

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

For more information, visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.


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