Ashworth Junior Series begins season in March
The AJGA’s 2005 schedule is nearly complete as more than 70 tournaments are already on the slate for the upcoming season. With a few final pieces still to be put in place, the 2005 schedule begins with the Ashworth Junior Series in March and concludes with a return trip to Sea Island Golf Club in November for the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
The 2005 season includes eight Ashworth Junior Series events, 10 Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series events and 11 invitation-only tournaments.
Continuing with tradition, the season kicks off with Ashworth Junior Series events scheduled for March 18-20 in California, Georgia and Texas.
The summer season begins May 27-30 with the Thunderbird International Junior. The AJGA returns once again to the Grayhawk Golf Club. For the fifth straight year, this invitation-only tournament will bring together the most talented junior golfers in the world at one of the premier golfing venues in the country.
Many of the AJGA Invitational Tournaments return to their 2004 venues. The FootJoy Boys Invitational will once again be hosted at the Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge will again be the home of the HP Boys Junior Championship in July. The McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship makes a return trip to White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa.
The Capital City Club, home of the 2003 American Express Championship, will host this year’s Canon Cup. The top juniors from the East and West will face off for their annual battle, taking place on Capital City’s Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga.
The Nike Golf Junior Championship returns this year to Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore. This event will again feature the top 12-15 year olds from the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series.
The PING Junior Solheim Cup returns to the United States, as the U.S. Team looks to take back the title from the Europeans at The Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Ind.
This year, the AJGA will host a new invitational tournament to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The Fore!Kids Foundation Top 100 will take place at the Tournament Players Club of Louisiana. The tournament will be the last event before the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
The Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series will add a trip to Mishicot, Wis., and returns to familiar stops in Quad Cities, Iowa; Jackson, Miss.; and Jacksonville, N.C.
The First American Title Junior Classic will be contested at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. This event will take place on the resort’s Copperhead Course, June 27-30.
New locations for the 2005 season include trips to Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas, and the Kansas City Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan. Redstone Golf Club is home to the PGA TOUR’s Shell Houston Open, while the Kansas City Country Club will host its first AJGA event since the 2000 season.
Accompanying each open tournament will be an 18-hole qualifier. Typically held the day prior to the open tournament, the qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to “play their way in” to an AJGA Open tournament or earn a tournament exemption for a future event.
Holding with tradition, the Polo Golf Junior Classic will round out the schedule, Nov. 19-25, returning for the second consecutive year to the Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
Remember to check back periodically for updates to the 2005 schedule.