Most Improved Award: AJGA Junior at Centennial

Local organizers of the AJGA Junior at Centennial, which took place at Centennial Golf Club in Medford, Ore., July 16—19, 2012, have earned the Most Improved Tournament Award from the American Junior Golf Association. The Most Improved Tournament Award is given annually to a tournament committee that has built a model AJGA championship and gives tournament participants and parents a superior experience.

Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual media coverage, Junior-Am fundraising tournament, charitable giving, volunteer base and hospitality. The AJGA also recognizes the year’s most outstanding golf professional, superintendent and general manager, as well as the best new tournament, best Invitational and overall tournament of the year.
              
“After watching the tournament the past two years, the community wanted to see it become bigger and better so we formed a committee,” said Anne Jenkins, senior vice president of the Medford Visitors & Convention Bureau. “Having the strength of a committee to raise funds and create ideas gave this tournament the opportunity to rise to the next level.”
               
The committee’s goal was to make the tournament “Uniquely Medford” by incorporating local elements to showcase the community beyond the golf course. After a welcome by Mayor Gary H. Wheeler, players learned more about the local area through a “Putt-a-Pear activity”, which highlighted the pear industry specific to the region. The event also included a special parents’ reception featuring local fare such as food from Medford-based Harry and David, cheese and wine from nearby vineyards.
               
“We wanted to share with players and parents the community and enhance their experience in Medford,” said Angela Wood, director of sales at the Medford Visitors & Convention Bureau. “The committee came up with great ideas of how to make this event special and memorable.”
               
The AJGA Junior at Centennial returns to the AJGA schedule in 2013 and will be played Aug. 12—15 at Centennial Golf Club.

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Weekly Results
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior at The Seagate presented by Sportlink
Boys
Total
1
Robert Eisch
141
T
2
Alvaro Escalada
142
T
2
Michael Saccente
142
Girls
Total
1
Alice Jo
142
2
Maria Hoyos
146
3
Courtney Zeng
147
Preseason Junior at Cantigny
Boys
Total
T
1
David Perkins
219
T
1
Drew Kiehl
221
3
Frank Lindwall
216
Girls
Total
1
Brooke Babbin
237
2
Emily Young
240
T
3
Margaret Hickey
238
T
3
Loren Skibba
241
Junior All-Star at Longaberger
Boys
Total
1
*Graham Corbin
146
T
2
Aaron Chen
146
T
2
Grant Smith
146
Girls
Total
1
Kailie Vongsaga
152
2
Megan Furtney
153
3
Erica Shepherd
154
Preseason Junior at Worthington Manor presented by Golf Performance Center
Boys
Total
1
Walker Simas
150
2
Dominic Wagner
151
T
3
Evan Long
152
T
3
Tanner Johnson
152
Girls
Total
1
Hailey Freedman
162
T
2
Samantha Fritzinger
169
T
2
Julia Calomiris
169
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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