BRASELTON, Ga. – For the first time in its 24-year history of running an event in Texas over Easter Weekend, the American Junior Golf Association will conduct the AJGA Championship at Traditions at The Traditions Club at Texas A&M. The event will take place in Bryan, Texas, March 20-23.
The AJGA Championship at Traditions, a 54-hole stroke play competition, will bring together a talented group of junior golfers. In total, 138 boy and girl junior golfers, age 12 to 18, will compete for top honors.
Historically, the event garners one of the strongest fields in junior golf, as evidenced by its impressive list of past champions. Lucas Glover, Brian Bateman and Bob May all won this event as teenagers before ascending to the PGA TOUR ranks. LPGA Tour players Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lang, Candie Kung, Grace Park and Cristie Kerr each earned tournament titles during their days as junior golfers as well.
This year’s tournament field will be filled through the AJGA’s Performance Based Entry system and will be officially announced March 4. Numerous spots will be held for those qualifying through the AJGA Qualifier taking place at The Traditions Club Wednesday, March 19.
Practice rounds will take place Thursday, March 20, and tournament play will begin Friday, March 21 and run through Sunday, March 23. An awards ceremony will immediately follow play March 23. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.
The Traditions Club at Texas A&M is located just a few hours from Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. At the center of 900 acres is the Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus Jr. designed golf course measuring 7,146 yards. The Traditions Golf Club offers players a strategic balance of challenges for low handicap golfers and enjoyment for more experienced players. For additional information call (866) 460-1007, or visit www.traditionsclub.com.
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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
For more information, please contact Chris Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1788, or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.