Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual hospitality, Junior-Am fundraising tournament, charitable giving and volunteer base. The AJGA also recognizes the years most outstanding golf professional and superintendent, as well as the most improved event, best new tournament, best Invitational and overall tournament of the year.
I dreamed of creating the greatest junior golf tournament on the earth when I arrived at TPC Sawgrass, Hughes said. Between the dedication of everyone at the AJGA as well as the desire and resources we have at TPC Sawgrass, we have really created a great event that we all hope lasts for a very long time. Im just so proud of this event, how its evolved and how its helped to develop junior golfers.
Hughes was a driving force in creating The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf in 2007.
The AJGA is central to growing the game of golf and through coming up in junior golf without these opportunities as well as 35 years as a PGA professional, its been a lifelong dream of mine to make sure I wake up with the focus to grow game of golf each day, Hughes said.
Hughes storied career began on the Bowling Green State golf team. In 1979, Hughes turned professional and became a member of the PGA of America in 1984. Eleven years later, Hughes became a PGA Master Professional and one year following that he was named the General Manager/Director of Golf at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. When Hughes took a new position and the title of Regional Director of TPC Operations, he moved to Dallas in 2006 to work at TPC Craig Ranch where he began his relationship with the AJGA and became an ambassador of the organization in Dallas and to golf associations in the state of Texas.
In my world, the best way to grow the game is through junior golf, Hughes said. It was my sons dream to play on the Junior All-Star tour and since then, Ive been honored to be associated with the AJGA and am grateful for the friendships Ive gained in Stephen and everyone in the organization. To be recognized for this award is so humbling. This is one of the highlights of my entire golf career.
Complete list of 2012 Tournament Awards.