Owensboro hosting AJGA Junior Championship this summer

January 20, 2024 | 12:12 am

Updated January 19, 2024 | 11:01 pm

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The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is returning to Owensboro, this time for an even more high-profile tournament for youth golfers.

Visit Owensboro sponsored its first AJGA event in May 2023 with the Junior All-Star event. This year, the event will be an Open tournament, and the division change will allow juniors aged 12-19 to compete in the event. 

Ryan Flanagan, Senior Regional Director, Midwest, expressed the AJGA’s enthusiasm about the extended collaboration.

“This partnership enables us to expand junior golf opportunities, reinforcing our dedication to the development of young men and women in the sport,” he said.

Visit Owensboro aims to enhance the city’s status as a hub for junior golf opportunities, aligning with AJGA’s mission to foster the growth and development of juniors through competitive golf.

“With athletes from over 20 states and 3 countries represented, AJGA is truly an international event featuring young athletes from around the world,” said Visit Owensboro President Mark Calitri. “Owensboro is in the perfect position to be featured as one of the top youth sports destinations in the country.”

The Visit Owensboro Junior Championship — a 54-hole stroke play event — is scheduled to take place at the Owensboro Country Club on May 2-5, with a qualifier event on May 1.

“We are truly honored to host an event of this magnitude, as it will highlight the great facilities we have at the Owensboro Country Club,” said Jason Fitch, PGA Golf Professional at the Owensboro Country Club. “Making the jump to an Open event will allow us to bring in some of the top junior golfers in the world to experience the Owensboro-Daviess County community. Our membership is ready to welcome all involved as we look forward to another successful AJGA event for years to come.”

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 exposure for college golf scholarships and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 9,000 members from 50 states and 51 foreign countries.

Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 1,000 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Patrick Cantlay, Billy Horschel, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, and Rose Zhang.

January 20, 2024 | 12:12 am

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