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Mason Cup: A Brief History

Host Canon Claycomb speaks about what it is like to host Mason Cup, a State Cup Series event.
2019 Mason Cup standard

The Mason Cup, part of the AJGA’s State Cup Series, is a two-day Ryder Cup-style tournament held at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Kentucky, featuring top junior golfers from around the country.

Proceeds from the event benefit the AJGA’s ACE Grant program and the Mason Goodnight Foundation, begun in 2017 to honor Mason Goodnight, who passed away suddenly in April 2017. The Foundation supports youth initiatives in Bowling Green and surrounding communities.

The event has raised more than $240,000 since its inception in 2018, and become a staple on the expanding State Cup Series schedule.

Event founder Canon Claycomb is now playing collegiate golf for the University of Alabama. He was a five-time Rolex Junior All-American and 2017 The PING Invitational champion during his AJGA career.

Mason Cup brings it into perspective, for me and for everyone involved, that golf is a lot bigger than just hitting a ball around and making birdies and pars. It's a game that you can give back through. You can change your community, your surroundings, and in the process, yourself.
Canon Claycomb

Claycomb's younger brother Cooper will take over the role of hosting the event in 2020.

The State Cup Series, a series of junior-led fundraising tournaments, is a branch of the AJGA’s Leadership Links program, which helps develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the ACE Grant

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