The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), City of Colorado Springs and Centura Health are bringing a national junior golf tournament to Colorado Springs July 26-29, 2021. The Colorado Springs Junior by Centura Health will feature 78 boys and girls (ages 12-19) competing in the 54-hole tournament at The Club at Flying Horse – Phil Smith Course.
Centura Health is the region’s largest health care network. With more than 21,000 of the best hearts and mind in health care, Centura Health professionals are guided by their Mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in their communities.
Centura Health includes 17 hospitals, 14 affiliate hospital locations, health neighborhoods, health at home, urgent care centers and emergency rooms, mountain clinics, 100+ physician practices and clinics, and Flight For Life® Colorado, allowing them to meet the wellness needs of more than a half million people each year.
The Colorado Springs Junior by Centura Health features six college commits and seven players ranked inside the top-300 of the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Jacqueline Nguyen of Houston, is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 104 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Nguyen is headed to Houston Baptist University this fall and owns one AJGA victory at the 2020 AJGA Junior at Kingwood.
There are 22 Colorado natives in the field, with six of those players hailing from Colorado Springs. Local players include: Chase Crane, Wesley Erling, Kaden Ford, Carter Surofchek, Emily Cheng, and Lauren Jaworowski. Emma Bryant of Aurora, Colorado, is the highest-ranked Coloradan in the field at No. 263 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. She’s headed to the University of Denver in the fall. Bryant finished ninth at the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior in June.
Additionally, an AJGA Qualifier for entry to the tournament will take place at Pine Creek Golf Club on Monday, July 26. In total, there are 156 total playing opportunities between the Qualifier and Open tournament.
First-round play will begin Tuesday, July 27, with first- through final-round tee times running from 7 – 11:10 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at The Club at Flying Horse – Phil Smith Course. The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 3 p.m. on July 29 at the conclusion of final-round play.
The Club at Flying Horse is located at 1880 Weiskopf Point, Colorado Springs.
About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible. We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit centura.org.
About 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 7,500 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 1,200 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Collin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, 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.