FOX Sports joins the American Junior Golf Association as a partner in support the 2020 Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament series and FOX Sports Championship. The top television network has major broadcasting contracts with NFL, MLB, NASCAR, soccer, NCAA football and basketball, WWE and USGA events.
“We are excited to add FOX Sports as a nationally-recognized sports broadcast partner," said AJGA Chief Business Officer Jason Etzen. “FOX Sports' support of junior golf on a broader national level will help preserve and grow the game for years to come by keeping players interested in possible career options in the game, in addition to playing professional and amateur competitive golf.”
The AJGA Junior-Am Fundraising Series is similar in format to a PGA TOUR Pro-Am, designed financially-support local junior golf and programs in the AJGA Foundation through charitable proceeds. At more than 40 tournaments across the country, community leaders and club members play a round with golf's next generation, top-ranked AJGA juniors.
FOX Sports' support will increase the opportunity for the AJGA to provide meaningful playing opportunities through its financial assistance program, the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and add to the more than $1 million returned to charity overall in 2019.
FOX Sports will also serve as the title sponsor of the FOX Sports Championship presented by Stuart Francis, Princeton Varsity Golf ‘74. The national competitive junior golf event returns to Princeton, New Jersey, for the first time since 2018. Springdale Country Club - home course of the Princeton golf teams - will host the 54-hole stroke play event for top boys and girls, July 27-30.
Since acquiring broadcasting rights to USGA events, FOX Sports has pioneered new technologies during its golf production including drone flyovers, live shot tracers and green contour displays. FOX Sports’ Sunday final round coverage of the 119th U.S. Open peaked with more than 10-million viewers on FOX.
FOX Sports televised eight USGA Championships in 2019, including the 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and the 71st U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. The two events combined had more than 275 current AJGA members and alumni competing.