American Junior Golf Association
November 1, 2002
Volume 1
Issue 9

In This Issue

Teeing Off:
Angela Jerman, an AJGA and collegiate standout, showed a college degree is still important – even with the LPGA knocking at the door.

View from Chateau:
This former director of communications, reflects on his weekend back with the AJGA – a weekend well spent in his mind.

The Gallery:
See the AJGA's 25th Anniversary Reunion photo gallery.

The Scoring Tent:
Here are the winners from the 25th Anniversary Reunion festivties.

News From the Fringe:

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Head of the Class
These 20 juniors get it done on the golf course and in the classroom.

Where Dreams Come True
There is no greater setting than The Walt Disney World Resort for the season-ending Polo Golf Junior Classic.

The Other Game in Town
With the Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship coinciding with the Polo Golf Junior Classic, Orlando annually becomes a hotbed of junior talent.

By the Book
How well do you know the rules of golf? Not as good as Gus Montano, the AJGA director of education. He'll test you here.


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Deep Thoughts From the AJGA Reunion

This former AJGA staff member used the 25th Anniversary Reunion to reflect on where the AJGA has been and where it is going.

By Duff Tittle

In mid-September 1993, I left the AJGA for a new job in Hawaii. As I drove down Holcomb Bridge Road for the last time, I couldn't help but wonder if I would ever see Horseshoe Bend or the AJGA again.

During my three years in Atlanta, the staff at the AJGA had become like family. I wondered if that would be the last time I saw many of the staff.

Tucked within the trees at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Atlanta, the original national headquarters housed the AJGA from 1982 until 2000.
On November 1-3, 2002, I had the opportunity to return to Georgia to attend the Silver Anniversary Celebration of the AJGA.

What an incredible experience.

Not only was it a chance to see people I thought I may never see again, but it also gave me the opportunity to celebrate the success of the AJGA and reflect on an organization that has had an impact on my life and many others.

The AJGA is an incredible success story.

As you look back on its history, many of the successes are obvious.

The AJGA has gone from two tournaments in 1978 to 106 tournaments and qualifying events in 2002. It started with a meager staff of two people to more than 40 current full-time personnel. Like the thousands of juniors who have advanced through the program over the past 25 years, the AJGA has really grown up.

Tittle (left) worked with Kent Condon (middle) and Mark Reed (right) in the old office at Horseshoe Bend in the early '90s.
From a golf perspective, it's easy to see how the AJGA has played a role in the development of thousands of juniors. Names like Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard, David Duval, Stewart Cink, Emilee Klein, Kelli Kuehne are just a few of the AJGA alumni who came through the program during my era in the early '90s. Thanks to the media, their successes at the professional level are well documented and easy to follow.

What was really fascinating and rewarding for me, was to see how the AJGA had played a role in the professional development of many former staff members.

Like so many others, the AJGA was a stepping stone for my career. It gave me valuable experience and helped me develop skills that have helped me professionally.

During my time at the AJGA I worked with about 25-30 people. Some are still there and have played an important role in the Association's growth and success. Others have gone on to be successful in a wide variety of professions.

Several have graduated on to other golf organizations like the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, USGA, Royal Canadian Golf Association, PGA of America and various other associations. Others have also remained in golf, working for equipment companies, development companies and management companies. Some are tournament directors for PGA TOUR events and some have gone on to become very successful college golf coaches.

The new National Headquarters, opened in 2000 northeast of Atlanta in Braselton, is home to over 40 AJGA staff members and measures 14,000 square feet.
Other former AJGA staff members have pursued professions outside of golf, such as newspaper editors, marketing directors, college athletic administrators, real estate agents, corporate sales directors and small business owners. There is also a rare book dealer and a travel business operator. One has even gone on to become an agronomist.

They say the success of a company can be measured in the quality of its people. My hat is off to the many people, past and present, who have made the AJGA what it is today.

The AJGA's mission statement indicates the association is "dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf."

Somewhere along the way the AJGA accomplished more than just its stated mission. It has provided a great training ground for dozens of employees who are making a real difference in the world.

I'm proud to say I played a very small role in the amazing success story that is the AJGA.

Congratulations on the first 25 years – hope to see you in another 25.

Duff Tittle was the AJGA director of communications from 1990-93. He is currently the associate athletic director for communications at Brigham Young University. He and his wife Sherry live in Orem, Utah. They have five children.