BRASELTON, Ga. – The American Junior Golf Association and American College Development Solutions (ACDS) announced the extension of an Official Partnership and new designation of the “Official Partner for College Golf Solutions” through 2022.
The ACDS Coaches Corner, a coaches-only database, houses important recruitment information such as contact information, swing videos and player resumes. With the support from ACDS, new features will be added and enhanced to player profiles in 2018 to make the recruiting process easier for junior golfers and college coaches.
Along with the partnership extension, ACDS will become the title sponsor of the ACDS Coaches Corner. In 2018, more than 1,300 additional college coaches will have access to the ACDS Coaches Corner through a joint partnership between the AJGA, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), and the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
“ACDS is privileged to extend our partnership with the AJGA, this further cements our mission to develop juniors early for college golf,” said ACDS Executive Director C.J. Gatto. “We feel strongly in the ACDS Junior All Star Series and ACDS Coaches Corner providing players the ultimate platform for exposure and allowing coaches to gain further information of the players they intend to recruit. Pertaining to ACDS this is something we have always been focused on with our players and has helped accelerate the college development process.”
Over the past 10 years, more than 7,000 AJGA alumni have reported signing a National Letter of Intent to play college golf. In the past 30 years, a combined 53 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I individual national champions have been AJGA alumni.
In addition to the ACDS Coaches Corner, information on college golf recruitment, advice, and junior golfers’ stories will be available under the ACDS College Golf Solutions tab on ajga.org.
“The AJGA is extremely excited to extend its partnership with ACDS,” said AJGA Chief Business Officer Jason Etzen. “The AJGA and ACDS share the same passion and goals of developing competitive junior golfers who aspire to earn college golf scholarships. We look forward to providing opportunities for exposure to more college golf programs around the country.”
An Official Partner since 2016, ACDS is an international organization dedicated to developing junior athletes into college-bound student-athletes by helping to expand their academic, athletic, personal and cultural skill-sets.
ACDS will continue its support of the ACDS Junior All-Star Series and remain the title sponsor of two additional AJGA Open Championships through 2022.
First created in 1998 and specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the ACDS Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and build Performance Based Entry status into AJGA Open tournaments. Many prominent, professional golfers including PGA and LPGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Alison Lee and Inbee Park got their start with the Junior All-Star Series.
American College Development Solutions (ACDS) assists junior athletes develop into College-bound student-athletes, helping to expand their academic, athletic, personal and cultural skill-sets, while guiding them towards their ultimate goal of joining the ranks of the NCAA. ACDS provides student-athletes with structured development and training programs according to authentic education and athletic preparation guidelines for College admissions, and opportunities for junior athletes to get exposed to College coaches. Operating in various countries, ACDS has become one of the world's leading College athletics development companies, pioneering a grassroots effort to educate international junior athletics communities of the realities of College sports in America. By focusing on long-term results, ACDS helps student-athletes live a more fulfilled and successful life at College and afterwards. For more information, visit acds.us and follow ACDS on Facebook.
About the American Junior Golf Association
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 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 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.
TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.