SAP Junior Open receives AJGA Most Improved Tournament Award

BRASELTON, Ga. — Local organizers of the SAP Junior Open, which was held at Red Tail Golf Club in June 2008, have been recognized by the American Junior Golf Association for their continued efforts to improve the experience for junior golfers in the Avon area. The tournament earned the AJGA’s Most Improved Tournament Award, given annually to the tournament that had a substantial turn around and improvement from the previous year.

The AJGA’s Avon event started as a Preseason tournament in 2006 and has worked to become one of the top Open events on the AJGA schedule. Tournament hospitality was second to none, with breakfast and lunch available to players and their families all week. The Hawk’s Nest was opened and set up with beverages, food and wireless Internet for parents and coaches throughout tournament week. More than 40 volunteers showed up every day and provided a memorable experience for the junior golfers and their supporters.

"The key driver to improving our tournament was our Committee's continual focus on the junior golfer and trying to make Red Tail their best junior golf experience,” said Tournament Chairman Tom Kmiecik, who will accept the award during this year’s tournament (June 22-25). “We enjoy having these young men and young women at our tournament because of their exemplary behavior and contagious enthusiasm, and we are encouraged by the fact that they represent our future generation.”

Check below for more information on each of the individual awards or contact the AJGA Communications Department at (770) 868-4200.

2008 AJGA Tournament Awards

Media Award – Doug Padgett (Rolex Tournament of Champions Newburgh, Ind.)

Volunteers – PING Invitational (Stillwater Okla.)

Hospitality Award – The Cliffs Championship (Salem, S.C.)

Junior-Am Award – Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior (Ashland, Ky.)

Charitable Giving Award – Rolex Tournament of Champions (Newburgh, Ind.)

Golf Professional of the Year Award – Mike Summa (The Stanwich Club, Greenwich, Conn.)

Most Improved Tournament Award – SAP Junior Open (Avon, Ohio)

Newcomer of the Year Award – ClubCar Junior Hosted by Charles Howell III (Evans, Ga.)

Tournament of Year Award – Dalhousie Junior Championship (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

Invitational of the Year Award – Junior PLAYERS Championship