SYLVANIA, OH – The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) announces that the girl’s champion of next week’s AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open will earn an exemption to play in the LPGA Dana Open presented by Marathon.
From July 19-21, the AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open will be contested at Sylvania Country Club in Sylvania, Ohio. The winner will earn the opportunity to test her skills against the world’s greatest women professional players at the LPGA Dana Open, hosted Sept. 1-4 at the nearby Highland Meadows Golf Club, also in Sylvania, just outside of Toledo, Ohio.
“We have had a long tradition of donating our sponsor exemptions to amateurs. They are the future of the game and the future of the LPGA Tour,” said Judd Silverman, Tournament Director for the Dana Open presented by Marathon. “I think it’s exciting. I know what it means to collegiate players to earn that exemption through the years, so I can only imagine what it’s going to mean to a young player who might only be 16 or 17 years old and is still in high school.”
Now in its 38th year, the Dana Open presented by Marathon has provided $13 million in proceeds to local children’s charities. Dana Incorporated has been a partner of the LPGA event since its inception and in 2019 became the title sponsor of the AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open.
“Providing an exemption into a high-level LPGA Tour event further elevates what has become one of the top Open tournaments on the AJGA schedule,” AJGA Senior Regional Director, Midwest, Ryan Flanagan said. “The support from the local community and Dana Incorporated have quickly made this a destination on the AJGA schedule, and we are excited that the Girl’s Division champion will receive this opportunity.”
Previous champions of the Dana Open presented by Marathon with ties to the AJGA include Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer, Meg Mallon, Se Ri Pak, and Danielle Kang. This year’s tournament field will feature many AJGA alumni or supporters, including Min Jee Lee, Danielle Kang, Stacy Lewis, Jennifer Kupcho, and Brooke Henderson.
The Dana Open presented by Marathon will take place Sept. 1-4 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. Live coverage of the event will be available on the Golf Channel from 1-4 p.m. EST each day of the tournament.
About the Dana LPGA Open presented by Marathon
With a mission of raising money for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children’s charities, the Dana LPGA Open presented by Marathon annually hosts the greatest women golf professionals in the world. Over the past 37 years the tournament has raised $13 million for more than 200 northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children’s charities. The 2022 Dana Open will be held the week of August 29 - September 4 at Highland Meadows Golf Club for a purse of $1.75 million.