Junior-Am Fundraising Tournaments are held in more than 60 communities around the country each year and are a vital part of the AJGA mission. Modeled after a PGA TOUR Pro-Am but using top junior golfers as players builds new friendships, but more importantly, helps raise money for grassroots junior golf.
Since Chris Dernick took over as tournament chairman for the event and brought it to The Club at Carlton Woods in 2009, the tournament committee, including Fundraising Chairman Gary Whitlock, has raised more than $743,000, including $132,500 in 2014, through its Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament.
Dernick, who has been involved with the AJGA since the mid-1990s when her children played, credits the success of the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament to the committee members and the overall experience they provide to sponsors.
“The focus of this event is not just on junior golf but also our charities and most importantly the Wounded Warriors and upcoming junior golfers through the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant,” Dernick said.
The Presidents’ Day weekend tournament promotes an overall patriotic theme which extends to every aspect of the event, from golf bags and dog tags, to thank you notes written by junior golfers to active duty military members.