The AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open, hosted by Sylvania Country Club in Sylvania, Ohio, was honored with its second award in two years of appearances on the AJGA schedule. The event received the 2019 Newcomer of the Year and 2020 Open Tournament of the Year titles thanks to its tireless efforts to create a unique and memorable tournament experience.
The Newcomer of the Year is awarded to an event that makes a big impact in it's inaugural year. Open Tournament of the Year is awarded based on the overall tournament experience from hospitality, volunteers, sponsor involvement to impact on the community and more.
“This award really showcases how everyone involved with the tournament gets behind it and does whatever is necessary to make it successful. From Dana Incorporated as the title sponsor to the local committee and Sylvania Country Club, each person involved goes the extra mile to make sure that the juniors have the best experience possible each year. It has been incredible to see the impact this event has on the local community and the junior golfers who play in the event.”
Despite difficult conditions created within the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament committee, sponsors and golf course added to the impact of the previous year, raising over $170,000 for both the Special Olympics and the AJGA’s ACE Grant program. Dana Incorporated, the tournament’s title partner, was instrumental in the tournament’s success.
“Hosting the AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open added to our long history of hosting these types of prominent tournaments as it fulfills our mission as a club. Because of this association, we are eagerly anticipating hosting an international event with the PING Junior Solheim Cup in the fall, and our partnership with AJGA is certain to make it a resounding success.”
The event also excelled with support from host venue, Sylvania Country Club. The club has embraced national junior golf events since its inception and helps make the experience for players, guests and staff memorable by keeping the course in excellent condition.
Sylvania Country Club displayed the Solheim Cup trophy during the week and will also host the 2021 PING Junior Solheim Cup.
The 2019 award was presented during the 2020 event, and the 2020 award was presented during the final round of the 2021 event on July 22.
Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual hospitality, Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament, charitable giving and volunteer base. Awards are also given to the events with engaged media and social media participation.
Finally, the AJGA recognizes the year’s most outstanding golf professional, superintendent and golf course executive, as well as the most game changing event, best new event, best AJGA Preview Series tournament, best AJGA Junior All-Star Series tournament, best Invitational and Open tournament of the year. Tournament awards for the 2020 season will be presented on-site at the 2021 tournament.
About Dana Incorporated
Dana is a world leader in providing power-conveyance and energy-management solutions that are engineered to improve the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of light vehicles, commercial vehicles, and off-highway equipment. Enabling the propulsion of conventional, hybrid, and electric-powered vehicles, Dana equips its customers with critical drive and motion systems; electrodynamic technologies; and thermal, sealing, and digital solutions.
In 2019, the company reported sales of $8.6 billion with 36,000 associates in 34 countries across six continents. Based in Maumee, Ohio, USA, and founded in 1904, Recognized by Forbes magazine as a World's Best Employer, Dana has established a high-performance culture that focuses on its people, and the company has earned recognition around the world as a top employer. Learn more at dana.com.
About the AJGA
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 7,500 members from 50 states and 60 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 and adidas are the AJGA’s National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017. Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate, and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 1,200 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Collin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park, and Lexi Thompson.