Larkin earns Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award

Sportsmanship Video

The American Junior Golf Association presented Wyatt Larkin with its Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award on Sunday at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort. The honor is bestowed each year to one junior golfer who displays exemplary sportsmanship and integrity in the game of golf.
“I feel so honored to receive this award,” Larkin said. “To me, it means that I’m doing the right things both on and off the course, and that is what I work hard for all year.”
In February, the Morganton, Ga., native received financial assistance through the AJGA’s ACE Grant program, which allowed him to compete in four national tournaments. Since then, Larkin has been passionate about paying forward that assistance.
While watching the Golf Channel during Memorial Day weekend, Larkin noticed a feature about a group called Hope For The Warriors – a national, nonprofit organization that supports wounded U.S. service members, their families and families of the fallen.
Realizing that he would not be able to play golf without the sacrifice of these service members, Larkin committed himself to giving back to their cause. He was able to raise more than $1,000 for Hope For The Warriors through the AJGA’s Leadership Links program by securing pledges for each of his 45 birdies in tournaments this year. During the 2011 season, Larkin finished inside the top 25 in each of his tournaments, including two top-10s and a runner-up finish.
In response to his dedication, Hope For The Warriors invited Larkin to attend their Scarlet and Gold Invitational at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where he addressed the audience of celebrities, dignitaries and officers about his efforts and why it was important to him.
“My goal was to help our service members,” Larkin said. “They sacrifice so much for everything that we have and it is my honor to try to give back to them. They have had a huge impact on me.”
Larkin also auctioned off two of his own memorabilia baseballs, autographed by a host of former New York Yankees, which raised more than $700 for the cause. His enthusiasm was so moving that a veteran presented Larkin with an American flag that had flown in his last battle.   
Larkin’s devotion also warranted him an offer to participate in The Bush Center Warrior Open at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, where he met the host, former President George W. Bush.
“Wyatt is such a talented athlete and has such a bright future,” said Robin Kelleher, President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “To use that as an opportunity to help others is the kind of spirit we love here. He was immediately a part of the Hope For The Warriors team and I love that he and his father took that on with great dedication.”

 
Sponsors
Premier Partners
Official Partners
Media Partners
Association Partner
Twitter Facebook AJGA Blog AJGA on YouTube
Member Logins
 
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Center:
Member ID:
Password:
 
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
 
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
 
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Andy Zhang
Reunion, FL
2. Sam Burns
Shreveport, LA
3. Jorge Garcia
Miami, FL
4. Austin Connelly
Irving, TX
5. KK Limbhasut
Loma Linda, CA
Girls
1. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, CA
2. Bethany Wu
Diamond Bar, CA
3. Megan Khang
Rockland, MA
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, TX
5. Amy Lee
Brea, CA
Complete Rankings
Foundation

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
   
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant

ACE

The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
AJGA Philadelphia Junior
Boys
Total
1
Will Bernstein
141
2
Davis Lamb
143
3
Isaiah Logue
144
Girls
Total
T
1
Amy Ding
155
T
1
Linda Wang
155
3
Brynn Walker
156
FJ Live Scoring
AJGA U
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and
development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.