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Parents Hold the AJGA’s Future in Their Hands
Corporate partner and golf course leads are needed for the 2006 season and beyond
By Matt Larson
Sponsorship Coordinator

Bruce Slovitt wears many hats. He’s been a parent, tournament chairman, and an AJGA advocate in Illinois during his six years of involvement with the AJGA. The relationship began as many do; hoping to get talented Illinois junior golfers, including his own, the exposure needed against top competition through an AJGA tournament with the anticipation of one day earning a college golf scholarship.

Bruce Slovitt
“I got involved because my kids played and I wanted to have a tournament nearby to expose the local golf community to a high level of competition,” Slovitt said. “I just enjoy helping to give kids the opportunity to see and play golf at a high level.”

To say Slovitt just “got involved” is an understatement. Slovitt has stimulated his relationship with the AJGA to the fullest by being a tournament chairman himself and by bringing in other tournament chairmen, corporate partners and golf courses in the Chicagoland area.

“Before I knew about the AJGA, I saw kids that could have played college golf but only had local tournaments to play in,” Slovitt remarked. “Now, and over the last six years, there are about 20 Illinois kids recruited to play college golf per year rather than five.”

If you have ever wondered how the AJGA is able to provide a great golf experience bursting with top competition, scholarship exposure, social interaction, a qualified staff and great tournament gifts at some of the top golf courses in the United States; the answer is quite simple…through the help of parents like Bruce Slovitt. With the help of the AJGA family, the Association is able to fulfill its mission as a nonprofit organization to grow and develop young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Over 50 percent of the AJGA’s revenue is received from corporate partners. The AJGA is able to keep costs down because the AJGA is dependent upon the support of parents of juniors, family and friends to help find those corporate partners and golf courses. Such top-notch courses as Grayhawk Golf Club, Rich Harvest Farms, The Country Club of North Carolina, Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club, and the TPC at Southwind dot the AJGA schedule because of parent leads.

Fidelity Investments, Golf Pride, The Thunderbirds, Gelber Group, and Hanmi Bank are just a few examples of corporate partnerships that have resulted from the connections of parents willing to take ownership in the AJGA.

Taking ownership in the AJGA not only positively affects your son or daughter, but the lives of many junior golfers throughout the United States. Because of the support of corporate partners and the willingness of golf courses to offer their services over the past decade, the AJGA has been able to donate over $1 million to grassroots junior golf programs and other foundations (including the ACE Grant and the newly developed Youth Leadership Club), highlighted by nearly $250,000 in 2005.

“The AJGA is grateful to our parents, like Bruce Slovitt, for their philanthropic efforts and vision to create first-class tournaments that will benefit our young people for the rest of their lives,” said AJGA executive vice president of development, Jason Etzen. “With additional corporate partner and golf course support, we will be able to provide more opportunities and increase local charity support. The AJGA has a very bright and exciting future.”

The AJGA currently has foremost corporate partner and golf course needs in the following states: California, Illinois, New York, Texas and Virginia. By no means is this a limiting list. The AJGA is always looking for corporate partners and golf course leads in other states for current and future seasons.

If you would like to get involved and know of any companies, organizations and/or golf courses that would possibly be willing to help the AJGA, please contact Jason Etzen toll free at 877.373.2542, ext. 746 or at jetzen@ajga.org. It is because of parent support the AJGA is able to conduct the best junior golf tournaments in the United States.