The American Junior Golf Association and the PGA TOUR’s Bermuda Championship, in association with the Bermuda Tourism Authority, will partner to host the inaugural Bermuda Junior Championship. The AJGA’s first event in Bermuda will be contested at Port Royal Golf Course annually for at least four years, beginning in 2021.
“Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) is thrilled to be partnering with the American Junior Golf Association for the next four years, beginning in January 2021,” said Director of Sports & Business Development Hazel Clark. “This opportunity supports the BTA’s commitment to leverage sports opportunities to positively impact the local community in myriad ways to inspire youth development in golf while positively contributing to the local economy. We look forward to welcoming everyone to experience the famed Port Royal Golf Course during the inaugural event and beyond.”
The Bermuda Junior Championship will mark the 45th international championship held outside the continental United States in the AJGA’s 40+-year history. Bermuda joins Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Scotland and Sweden as hosts.
The Bermuda Championship joins the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, the Memorial, Presidents Cup, and THE PLAYERS Championship as current PGA TOUR events to also support an AJGA championship.
The four-day, 54-hole stroke play AJGA Open event will feature a FOX Sports Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament and complementary practice round for all players. Proceeds from the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament will be split between the AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program and the Bermuda Golf Association.
“We are excited to partner with the Bermuda Tourism Authority, the Bruno Event Team and Port Royal Golf Course on our first-ever tournament in Bermuda,” said Jason Etzen, chief business officer. “We are honored for the opportunity to play a PGA TOUR golf course, alongside to working with our local charity in the Bermuda Golf Association to grow their junior golf footprint.”
Port Royal Golf Course hosted top PGA TOUR professionals during the inaugural 2019 Bermuda Championship. The event returns the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course, named one of the world’s best public courses by Golf Digest and Bermuda’s finest golf course by the New York Times, from October 26-November 1, 2020. The 2019 field featured many current and former AJGA tournament hosts including Scott Stallings, Davis Love III, Bo Van Pelt, and Ollie Schnierderjans.
Notable AJGA alumni who made a start in the Bermuda Championship include four-time Rolex Junior All-American and ACE Grant recipient Doug Ghim, along with his University of Texas teammate and 2013 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Scottie Scheffler.
About the Bermuda Championship
The Bermuda Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR. In 2019, the tournament raised over $225,000 for local charities and made history as the first PGA TOUR event ever held in Bermuda, highlighted by five Bermudians in the field. Scheduled for October 26 to November 1 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, the 2020 Bermuda Championship will feature a field of 132 players, 72 holes of stroke play and a purse of $3 million. This official FedEx Cup event will showcase Bermuda to the world with 14 hours of live Golf Channel broadcast. For more information, visit bermudachampionship.com and connect with the tournament on social media via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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