Golf World to Become Official AJGA Partner

BRASELTON, Ga. — The American Junior Golf Association announced a new partnership with the award-winning weekly publication Golf World. The partnership includes title sponsorship of two preseason events, monthly publication of the Polo Golf Rankings, distribution of Golf World to all AJGA members and in-kind advertising for the Association and its sponsors.

The two preseason events featuring the magazine’s namesake will take place in 2009: The Golf World Preseason Junior, Southeast will be held April 3-5 at a golf course yet to be announced; The Golf World Preseason Junior at Marshallia Ranch will be held at Marshallia Ranch Golf Course on the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, April 24-26.

Golf World’s reputation and ability to reach golfers worldwide will increase the awareness of the AJGA and introduce readers to our membership and programs,” said Jason Etzen, executive vice president of corporate partnerships. “Golf World’s support of the AJGA will help grow the sport of golf and provide opportunities that will impact the lives of young people in a positive way.”

The AJGA’s Preseason Series is specifically designed 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 / Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Series event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.

The Polo Golf Rankings is a select ranking system used to rank the top junior players in the country. The AJGA uses the rankings to round out AJGA Invitational fields, to guide the Rolex Junior All-America selection process and to determine Canon Cup teams.

“I am thrilled to expand our commitment to the growth of amateur golf through this partnership,” said Golf World publisher, Tom Nolan. “Golf World’s dedication to the sport, the players and the AJGA illustrates our long term strategy for continuing to support golfers of the future.”

Golf World, the nation’s oldest and most widely read newsweekly golf magazine, is published by Golf Digest Publications and is part of Condé Nast Publications. Condé Nast Publications, a unit of Advance Publications, includes consumer magazines and their websites, CondéNet, the Fairchild Fashion Group, the Condé Nast Media Group, and the Shared Services Centers.

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.