The Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star has been named the 2016 Junior All-Star event of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association.
Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual hospitality, Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament, charitable giving and volunteer base. Awards are also given to the events with engaged media and social media participation. Finally, the AJGA recognizes the year’s most outstanding golf professional, superintendent and general manager, as well as the most improved event, best new event, best Junior Golf Hub Preview Series tournament, best ACDS Junior All-Star Series tournament, best Invitational and overall tournament of the year. Tournament awards for the 2016 season will be presented on-site at 2017 tournaments.
The Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star was one of 15 tournaments in the ACDS Junior All-Star series in 2016.
“Windham is all about family,” said Kristen Garraghan, director of club operations. “It's where kids are learning to swing a club, learning to mountain bike or throwing on skis for the first time. It's all about the experience and making memories. We are truly honored to receive this award from the AJGA.”
The late owner of Windham Mountain Resort, Randy MacDonald, was an advocate of bringing the AJGA to Windham Mountain Resort. MacDonald achieved that goal with the inaugural event in 2016 before passing away three months after the event. MacDonald led a distinguished career as a human resources executive until his retirement in 2011 when he purchased majority ownership of Windham Mountain Partners.
“Bringing the AJGA to Windham was something that Randy believed would open an entirely new door for Windham Mountain Resort and the community,” Garraghan said. “The game of golf plays a huge role in the future of our children by teaching what dedication, determination, integrity and character can do in all facets of their lives.”
The first year of the tournament exceeded expectations with tremendous involvement from the community, staff and players. The community joined together to assist with local sponsorship as well as volunteers. A chipping contest – attended by more than half of the field – saw players chip off the patio and onto the practice putting green. To top it off, members of the committee assisted in providing up meals and housing for the AJGA staff during the week.
“When the AJGA rolled into town last June, we were blown away by the pure talent of these young men and women,” Garraghan said. “These players are walking examples of what’s good in the world. We are thrilled to be welcoming them back again in 2017.”
The AJGA will return to Windham Country Club in Windham, New York, for the second year of the Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star June 27-30.