Dec. 6, 2012
A record 100 tournaments will be played in more than
28 states and Puerto Rico in 2013. At least 16,362 playing opportunities will
be available as juniors compete to earn college golf scholarships.
As junior golfers seek to earn Performance Based
Entry status and entrance into AJGA Open tournaments (66), players can compete
in IMG Academy Preseason Series events (12), Gary Gilchrest Golf Academy Junior
All-Star Series events (10), and TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier Series events
Invitationals are the highest level of competition,
and 12 championships will showcase the world’s best players at premier venues,
which include courses that also appear on college and professional golf
schedules. Tour professionals continue to support the AJGA, including National
Chairmen Annika Sorenstam and Hunter Mahan, and several other alumni who will host
IMG Academy Preseason Series
The IMG Academy Preseason Series is designed
specifically for AJGA members who have had limited acceptances into multi-day
AJGA events. This series offers members the opportunity to start building PBE
status before application deadlines arrive for summer Open and Gary Gilchrist
Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
In 2013, AJGA members will have 12 opportunities in
seven states to compete and earn PBE status prior to the start of summer. The
first event of the IMG Academy Preseason Series is the Preseason Junior at
Vinoy, Feb. 16-18, at Vinoy Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the final
event of the series will be the Preseason Junior at Nemacolin, May 31 – June 2,
at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Links Course in Farmington, Pa.
For members on the West coast, the Preseason Junior
at Marshallia Ranch in Vandenberg, Calif., and Preseason Junior at Oak Valley
in Beaumont, Calif., are scheduled for April, while Florida also hosts two
events. North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Georgia will host one
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series
Opening opportunities to young AJGA members, the Gary
Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series will feature 10 events in eight
states during the 2013 season.
The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star
Series is specifically designed for boys and girls, ages 12-15, and presents
opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into
AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Junior All-Star
Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary
Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Perennially a favorite, the Evitt Foundation RTC
Junior All-Star returns to WindStone Golf Club (June 3-6), while new entries
include the Junior All Star at Talbot (July 22-25) and Junior All-Star at
Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford (August 5-8). In total, the Gary
Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series will provide more than 1,000
playing opportunities to juniors.
The 2013 schedule will feature 12 Invitationals played
in eight states at some of the nation’s top courses.
Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo., returns to the AJGA schedule to host the
Rolex Girls Junior Championship, June 10-14. Heralded as the top course in
Missouri by Golf Digest, Dalhousie
Golf Club previously hosted the Dalhousie Junior Championship in 2007 and 2008.
The course was the site of the 2009 Rolex Tournament of Champions, the AJGA’s
Wyndham Cup heads West in 2013, as The Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe will host the
annual team match play competition, July 15-18. Located in Rancho Santa Fe,
Calif., The Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe is a world-class, private 18-hole,
par-71 golf course. Surrounded by the coastal hills of San Diego, the course’s
dramatic terrain and signature bridges will be the backdrop for the nation’s
top junior golfers from east and west of the Mississippi River.
the PING Junior Solheim Cup returns to the United States, the biennial two-day
match play event will be contested at The Inverness Golf Club in
Denver, Aug. 12-14. With its unforgiving slopes, rolling hills and deep
bunkers, The Inverness Golf Club will provide a challenging layout for the
event modeled after the LPGA Tour’s Solheim Cup.
Support from professional golfers
The AJGA will
continue to have strong support from professional golfers in 2013, with old and
new events alike highlighting the schedule. The ANNIKA Invitational will return
to Reunion Resort and celebrate its fifth year, Jan. 18-21, with Annika as the
host. Hunter Mahan also continues his involvement with the AJGA and will host
the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship (April 19-21), which returns to
TPC Craig Ranch for the first time since 2009.
One of the oldest events on the AJGA schedule, the
Aaron’s / Bob Estes Abilene Junior boasts an impressive list of past champions,
which includes Scott Verplank and Phil Mickelson. The tournament will return to
Abilene Country Club’s Club Course, July 15-18, for the event’s 32nd year.
will head to Southern Trace Country Club for the David Toms Foundation
Shreveport Junior, July 22-25. Toms, an AJGA alumnus, is a 13-time champion on
the PGA TOUR and will host the event for its second year. Also in the lineup is
the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf.
Vaughn Taylor will host the event at Jones Creek Golf Club for the third consecutive year, July 29-Aug. 1.
Juniors get the Tour experience
Among the premier venues on the schedule are six
courses that host professional events on the PGA, LPGA and Web.com Tours.
The Puerto Rico Junior Open sponsored by Sport Link is
scheduled for Jan. 18-21 at the Trump International Golf Club’s Champion
Course. Set on 1,000 acres of land with views of the Atlantic Ocean, the course
was designed by Tom Kite and has hosted the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open since
The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by
TaylorMade-adidas Golf (Aug. 28 – Sept. 1) will be held at TPC Sawgrass, home
of The PLAYERS Championship, while the host of the 2012 Web.com Tour
Championship, TPC Craig Ranch, will host the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship,
The FJ Invitational is set to celebrate its 12th year
and sixth year at Sedgefield Country Club, June 10-14. Designed by Donald Ross, Sedgefield
Country Club hosts the PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship, where former AJGA
junior Webb Simpson won his first TOUR title in 2011.
The ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior is scheduled
for June 17-20 at Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore Tournament Course,
which hosts the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. The ClubCorp Mission Hills
Desert Junior will be played for the 32nd time and was named the AJGA
Tournament of the Year in 2011.
Seven college venues will host the AJGA in 2013,
giving juniors the opportunity to experience the college golf environment
The Traditions Club at Texas A&M will host the
Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions (March 28-31) during Easter weekend for
the fifth year in a row. Also making a return to the AJGA schedule is ASU
Karsten Golf Course, home of the Arizona State golf programs and the PING
Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten (June 3-6).
The Memorial Junior presented by Border Energy (July
15-18) will be played at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, which
has hosted 10 men’s NCAA Championships as well as the AJGA’s Rolex Tournament
of Champions (1999, 2007). The Scarlet Course was ranked No. 7 on Golfweek’s list of Best Campus Courses,
while ASU Karsten was ranked No. 29.
The AJGA will once again add a bevy of new courses to
the schedule, providing continued access to some of the best venues in the
country, including The Bluffs Country Club & Resort in St. Francisville, La. Topping out
at more than 7,100 yards, The Bluffs Country Club & Resort has previously hosted the SEC
Golf Championship and U.S. Senior Challenge.
Midwest players will gain a pair of new venues in
Michigan’s Forest Lake Country Club (Junior All-Star at Forest Lake) and
Mistwood Golf Club (Midwest Junior Players Championship), located in the
greater Chicago area.
Making an appearance on the AJGA schedule for the
first time since 2006, Sea Island Golf Club will once again welcome players to
its seaside links as it hosts the Davis Love III Junior Open (July 22-25) on the Plantation Course.