The American Junior Golf Association will return to Fleming Island, Florida, to host the Billy Horschel Junior Championship presented by Zurich. Eagle Harbor Golf Club will host the 54-hole national junior golf tournament, October 9-12. The field will consist of 78 boys and girls (ages 12-19) from around the world.
2020 is Billy Horschel’s fourth year hosting an AJGA event with Eagle Harbor Golf Club hosting all four years. In addition to this year’s event being played at Eagle Harbor, Horschel and his team have agreed to host an AJGA event through 2022. The tournament will feature the same great field and will rotate between several different high-quality venues. In 2021, the event will take place at TPC Sawgrass on the Dye’s Valley course, and in 2022 The Palencia Club will host the prestigious event. The tournament also features a unique format with a modified stableford being played each year. This is a favorite of Horschel and gives juniors valuable experience.
Horschel is heavily involved in giving back to charity through his foundation and has made it a goal to impact his local community and beyond. Since the tournament began in 2017 it has raised more than $270,400 for charity and won the AJGA’s Charitable Giving Award in 2019 after raising more than $115,000. Through the funds raised from his tournament, he and his wife Brittany have endowed an AJGA Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant to provide playing opportunities for those who have the skill but not the financial means to compete in national junior golf events.
Horschel played in 11 AJGA events, including a second-place finish in 2005. Horschel then went on to play college golf at the University of Florida before making the move to the PGA TOUR and becoming the FedEx Cup Champion in 2014
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. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Billy Horschel, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.
The tournament begins like a PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour event with an 18-hole AJGA Qualifying Tournament held on Thursday before the event. This gives players the opportunity to “play their way in” to the main tournament. Friday will feature the official practice round and the tournament will begin Saturday with the first round and run through Monday. An awards ceremony will follow the final round.