Golf Academy of America to Sponsor AJGA Preseason Series

BRASELTON, Ga. — Golf Academy of America, a two-year golf career college, announced its sponsorship of the American Junior Golf Association’s Preseason Junior Series.

The Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series is a series of eight events which will be held from March to May 2009 and offer more than 675 playing opportunities to junior golfers, ages 12-18. Host facilities include St. James Plantation (Southport, N.C.), Marshallia Ranch Golf Course (Vandenberg AFB, Calif.), Mission Inn Resort & Club (Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.), Brookhaven Country Club (Dallas, Texas), Green Garden Country Club (Frankfort, Ill.), The Country Club of Mendon (Mendon, N.Y.), Oak Valley Golf Club (Beaumont, Calif.) and Chateau Élan (Braselton, Ga.).

“We are thrilled to become part of the AJGA Preseason Junior Series,” said Chris Hunkler, Golf Academy of America president. “The opportunity to see young men and women play the game and who may have an interest in a career in the golf industry certainly fulfills our mission".

The Series is designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet been accepted to or participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year. For eligible juniors, participation is limited to one Golf Academy of America Preseason event per calendar year provided the junior has not yet been accepted to or participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy / Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Series event.

“We are very excited to have the support of Golf Academy of America,” said Jason Etzen, AJGA executive vice president of corporate partnerships. “The Golf Academy of America Preseason Series will give many AJGA members their start to competitive national junior golf.”

Golf Academy of America, with four campuses located in San Diego, Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Phoenix, is the oldest and largest two-year golf college in the world. GAA's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of the business of golf. For more information, call 800-342-7342 or visit

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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

For more information, please contact Roseanna Smith ( in the AJGA Sponsorship Department at (678) 425-1741 or visit the AJGA Web site at