BRASELTON, Ga. – The American Junior Golf Association and Alabama native Gordon Sargent are excited to announce the second annual playing of the Alabama Cup, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of America, College Golf Fellowship and the AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant.
The Alabama Cup, part of the AJGA’s State Cup Series, had its inaugural playing in 2018. The Ryder Cup-style tournament will feature 24 participants from around the state of Alabama. Participants will partake in a two-day friendly and spirited competition which includes a banquet led exclusively by the junior golfers. 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.
PGA TOUR players and Birmingham residents Trey Mullinax and Casey Wittenberg are serving as advisors to the event and will be active during the weekend’s competition.
In 2018, the event raised $57,000 for Children’s Harbor, the Alabama chapter of the American Cancer Society and the AJGA’s ACE Grant. The AJGA’s ACE Grant provides financial assistance to young men and women who aspire to earn a college golf scholarship through competitive junior golf.
Sargent, a Rolex Junior All-American, has raised over $11,000 in his two years participating in Leadership Links. He is currently No. 47 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, has two AJGA career wins and is the current Alabama State Junior Champion.
“I’m very happy to team up with my good friends to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, CGF and the ACE grant. Each of these charities have a meaningful impact on so many people,” Sargent said. “We hope to exceed the $57,000 we raised last year and want to thank all of our sponsors and supporters for their generous donations.”
The event will take place October 26-27, 2019, in Birmingham, Alabama. To support the Alabama Cup, please visit ajga.org/ll. For more information, please contact Bobby Puchner (email@example.com) in the AJGA’s Development Department or visit ajga.org.
About the American Junior Golf Association
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 7,000 members from 50 states and 60 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
TaylorMade and adidas are the AJGA’s National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017. Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.