Presidents Day weekend event earns two awards


The AJGA will announce a tournament award winner each week leading up to the AJGA's Annual Meeting and the announcement of the Digger Smith Award.

At the 2011 HP Boys Championship at Carlton  Woods, camels roamed the parking lot, a Tournament Co-Chairman had her finger  sliced off (during the magic show), and the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament  raised more than $122,000. The tournament experience reached beyond the players  and entertained the families, members and community, and the AJGA has  recognized these achievements by awarding the tournament the 2011 Invitational  of the Year and Junior-Am Awards.

Newcomer of the Year

Puerto Rico Junior Open

Media AwardANNIKA Invitational
Most Improved AwardE-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship
Volunteer Award

The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf

Hospitality AwardExide Technologies Junior Open

Junior-Am Award

HP Boys Championship
at Carlton Woods

Invitational of the YearHP Boys Championship
  at Carlton Woods
Charitable Giving Award

Natural Resource Partners
    Bluegrass Junior

Golf Professional of the YearBilly Anderson, Eagle Point Golf Club
Tournament of the YearClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior
Digger Smith AwardMarch 10

  The AJGA Invitational of the Year Award is given  annually to the invitation-only tournament that creates an unparalleled  championship experience at the AJGA's highest-level event. In 2011, the HP Boys  Championship at Carlton Woods treated the 78 players and their families to a  fairground-style cookout, complete with carnival games, camel rides and a magic  show. A Peeps long-drive contest and glow-in-the-dark golf on the driving range  capped a night that went unmatched in 2011.
  “We are fortunate to live in an area where there is a great opportunity for  junior golfers to develop their games,” said Tournament Co-Chairman Chris  Dernick. “These awards represent the collective commitment and generosity of so  many wonderful individuals and companies. Hewlett Packard and Carlton Woods as  title sponsors, our tournament sponsors, committee, volunteers, the staff of  Carlton Woods and the AJGA were integral in making this quality of tournament  possible. Ultimately, it has given our children the experience of competing  here in our hometown with the top-ranked junior boys from all over the world.”
The Junior-Am Award honors a tournament committee that exceeds expectations in  fundraising through its Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament. Since the HP Boys  Championship moved to The Club at Carlton Woods in 2009, the Tournament  Committee has raised more than $320,000 through its Junior-Am Fundraising  Tournament.

“It is a pleasure to help with this event. The AJGA has been a huge part of my  business success and it is great for community,” said Tournament Co-Chairman  Brett Snortland.

Proceeds from the fundraising event support the tournament as well as  grassroots junior golf organizations. In the last three years, the tournament  has donated more than $44,000 to the Houston Golf Association, The Woodlands  High School, the AJGA ACE Grant, Camp Blessing and Texana Center.