AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission
Ocala National Golf Club
Ocala, Fla. • August 5 - 8, 2013
American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET
- Format: 78-player field, 54-hole stroke play event
- Field features 60 boys and 18 girls from eight states, Colombia and Mexico
- Ocala-Marion Sports Commission has brought the AJGA to the area since 2010
- Two Rolex Junior All-Americans will compete in the 2013 event: Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., and Brooke McDougald of The Woodlands, Texas
- Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., looks to defend his title after winning the 2012 event
|Taylor Funk and James Leadbetter, sons of Fred Funk and David Leadbetter, respectively, will seek their first AJGA titles at the Junior All-Star at Ocala hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission. Taylor Funk has verbally committed to Texas, while Leadbetter will begin his college golf career at Arkansas in the fall.|
|Looking to defend|
|Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., carded a 5-under-par 67 in the final round at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club to overcome a six-stroke deficit and claim his first AJGA title. He has yet to capture a second AJGA victory, but with experience on his side Albin returns to the field. Albin will have plenty of competition with Tyler Strafaci of Davie, Fla., and Spencer Ralston of Gainesville, Ga., returning after tying for third in 2012.|
Schedule of Events
|Monday, August 5|
|1:30 p.m.||Practice Round|
|Tuesday, August 6|
|8 – 10 a.m.||First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees|
|Wednesday, August 7|
|8 – 10 a.m.||Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees|
|Thursday, August 8|
|8 – 10 a.m.||Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees|
|2:30 p.m.||Awards Ceremony|
Top Players to Watch
The AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission will have AJGA communications representatives on hand to assist media throughout the week. Prior to the tournament the AJGA will provide information about the event and its participants, as well as assist with player interviews.
After each round, media officials on-site will write a recap with the day's results. These will be emailed to all media outlets. Interviews with AJGA Tournament Directors, Tournament Chairmen and juniors may be conducted before or after tournament rounds.
For more information about the AJGA and tournaments, please refer to ajga.org. Tournament websites are accessible from the homepage and include recaps, list of participants, tee times, live scoring, course and sponsorship information.
About the AJGA
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. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-18) of more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.