Special to the Times-Tribune
The American Junior Golf Association will head to London for the first time when Crooked Creek Golf Club hosts 144 players for the PNC Bank Junior Championship presented by London & Laurel County, August 4–8. Top junior golfers from Kentucky and from around the country will travel to compete in this 54-hole stroke play event.
“The AJGA is thrilled to bring a brand new event to London, Ky.. With the tremendous support of PNC Bank and the local community we’re looking forward to a tremendous tournament and hopefully a new tradition,” said Matt Larson, AJGA Midwest Regional Director.
Prior to the event, an 18-hole TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier will be held Sunday, Aug. 4, at Crooked Creek Golf Club. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to “play their way in” to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments or build status for entry into a future event. The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
“PNC is committed to supporting programs that encourage the growth and development of tomorrow’s leaders,” said John L. Gohmann, regional president of PNC Bank for Lexington and Southeast Kentucky. “When private and public organizations work together for our communities as we are to host this exciting golf tournament, everyone wins.”
During the tournament week, some of the top juniors participating in the PNC Bank Junior Championship presented by London & Laurel County will also take part in the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament on Monday, Aug. 5.
London-Laurel County Tourist Commission Executive Director Rodney Hendrickson said the event should have a great tournament in London-Laurel County.
“We expect to welcome about 500 out of town families for the week of the tournament,” he said. “At other AJGA Tournaments it’s common to have every SEC, ACC and Big 10 golf coach in attendance as well as a multitude of smaller college coaches. Over 75 percent of AJGA Tournament participants go to college on golf scholarships. Every single member of the most recent USA Ryder Cup team as well as three members of the European Ryder Cup team played on the AJGA circuit as juniors.”
An excellent opportunity to entertain clients, reward employees or enjoy a tournament round with friends, the Junior-Am allows amateurs to play alongside the future stars of the game. Tiger Woods, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel are just a few of the thousands of talented players who participated in AJGA Junior-Ams when they were teenagers.
Supporting golf at the grassroots level, Junior-Ams allow the AJGA to make contributions to local junior golf charities and programs in hosting communities.
This event and many others like it are supported by the Kentucky Sports Authority, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information, visit www.teamky.com.
PNC Bank, National Association is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. PNC (www.pnc.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.
The London-Laurel County Tourist Commission was established in 1979. The purpose of the Commission is the promotion of recreational, convention and tourist activity in Laurel County.
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 12-18) of approximately 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include David Toms, Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.