Something is missing from most AJGA tournaments in 2006. Check your Schedule of Events and you won’t see the Players Meeting or Parents Meeting (except at the Medicus Preseason/Postseason Junior Series and the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series).
In their place, you will find a Welcome Reception.
So what’s the difference? First and foremost, the Welcome Reception is not mandatory — although we’re sure you won’t want to miss it. It will be a gathering of tournament participants, parents, committee, sponsors and AJGA staff, with plenty of food.
With the best interests of the players and parents in mind, the AJGA made this change to provide a more enjoyable practice round day for everyone. The atmosphere at a Welcome Reception is markedly different than the Meeting. There are no lectures and guests may come and go as they please.
The AJGA staff will be on hand to meet participants and answer questions. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet fellow players, parents and the sponsors and committees who have made the event possible. And food will be plenty, so come hungry.
Most Welcome Receptions will take place at the host hotel, although some will be at the golf course. At the hotel, the environment will be casual and players will be able to get back to their rooms early for a good night’s sleep before the first round.
For participants who stay at home during an event, but have long distances to travel, this should be especially welcome news, as the choice to attend is yours.
Player Registration has moved to mid-day, so players may register after their morning round, or before their afternoon round, whatever the case may be.