AJGA Announces Partnership with Sun SafeTee®

National organization to highlight the importance of sun protection to junior golfers

BRASELTON, Ga. – The American Junior Golf Association will team up with the Sun SafeTee Program throughout the 2010 season in an effort to educate young golfers about the importance of sun protection, the Association announced Thursday.

“The AJGA is proud to partner with the Sun SafeTee Program,” said Mark Oskarson, AJGA chief operations officer. “In doing so we join collegiate golf, the Golf Coaches Association of America and the National Golf Coaches Association on this important health and safety issue, working to educate the next generation of golfers.”

The Sun SafeTee Program’s mission is to teach sun protection strategies to the golf community and to provide opportunities for the early detection of skin cancer. The organization will supply educational materials highlighting the importance of sun protection at all 2010 events and will provide additional content to The AJGA Insider, the AJGA’s online magazine. Additionally, the program will provide certified dermatologists to select events, offering complimentary skin screenings for any interested AJGA parents.

“The issue of sun protection is important for all golfers and especially for junior golfers,” said Mark Wishner, president of the Sun SafeTee® program. “Since sun exposure is cumulative, adopting good sun protection strategies at an early age is critical. The Sun SafeTee Program is proud to partner with The AJGA to help deliver the message of sun protection and skin cancer prevention to AJGA members and their families.”

The Sun SafeTee Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit sun protection and skin cancer awareness program designed specifically for the golf community. The program provides educational seminars to golf professionals and the public, distributes sun protection information and sunscreen samples at various golf events. The organization focuses on Junior and Collegiate golfers and is also a partner with the Golf Coaches Association of America and the National Golf Coaches Association. To learn more about The Sun SafeTee Program or to make a tax deductible donation go to www.sunsafetee.org.

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 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

For more information, please contact Katie Wilson (kwilson@ajga.org) in the AJGA Sponsorship Department at (678) 425-1743.