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First-time AJGA players discuss golf goals

Juniors weigh difference between playing in regional and national events

For most junior golfers, playing in an AJGA tournament is a big deal. But for those golfers who have never played at a national level, it is a huge deal. This week we interviewed those players who have only played in a few local or high school tournaments and are now facing a national level of competition at an AJGA Preview event.

First time AJGA players
Collin Bond of Norman, Oklahoma (2024),

  • Won, AJGA Preview at Shirkey with a 1-under-par 70
  • 1st AJGA tournament
  • Plays Oklahoma Junior Golf Association events (OJGA)
  • Aiming for a college scholarship
    The biggest difference for me between a regional and national tournament is how tough the greens are and how well the course is managed.
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    Peyton Burbridge of Nixa, Missouri (2026)

    • 1st major tournament
    • Previously played in U.S. Kids Golf tournaments
    • Aiming for a college scholarship
      The experience of being able to play against juniors from around the country really makes it fun to play in a national tournament.
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    Hubert Ramirez of Miami, Florida (2025)

    • 1st AJGA tournament
    • Previously played in U.S. Kids Golf and Florida Junior Tour events (FJT)
    • Hopes to play in an AJGA Open
      The AJGA definitely runs bigger tournaments than I am used to, but it definitely gives me more motivation to play good golf and make a name for myself.
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    Reese Kite of Waterloo, Illinois (2025)

    • 1st AJGA tournament
    • Previously competed in regional rounds of Drive, Chip & Putt Championship
    • Hopes to play in an AJGA Invitational
      I won't change my mindset at all this weekend because I like to treat every tournament the same. Even though it is a national tournament compared to a local one, you should always keep your head cool and try to play the best you can.

    Michael Dinapoli of Steamboat Springs, Colorado (2024)

    • 1st AJGA tournament
    • Previously played in a few Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado (JGAC) events
    • Hopes to play in an AJGA All-Star
      In regards to my mindset during a national tournament, I am just going to try to keep it cool, play consistent, and make greens in regulation.