Media Award: Randy Wise Junior Open

A local television station interviews Tournament Director Katie Tahara during the 2012 Randy Wise Junior Open.

Local organizers of the Randy Wise Junior Open, which took place at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., August 6-9, 2012, have earned the Media Award from the American Junior Golf Association. The Media Award recognizes a tournament with outstanding media participation and coverage before, during and after the event across a variety of platforms.

Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual hospitality, Junior-Am fundraising tournament, charitable giving and volunteer base. The AJGA also recognizes the year’s most outstanding golf professional, superintendent and general manager, as well as the most improved event, best new tournament, best Invitational and overall tournament of the year.                

“The media coverage promotes awareness in the community and that has many benefits,” said media chairman Greg Leach of Media Resources, LLC. It generates interest for young people to get involved in golf. It helps increase participation among local businesses and community leaders in the Junior-Am and as sponsors. It also encourages spectators to come see some wonderful golf.”

The Randy Wise Junior Open welcomed media from multiple outlets, including Marc Jacobson from WJRT-TV 12 and Joe Akers from the Oakland Press. Jacobson conducted live interviews with Tournament Director Katie Tahara, tournament sponsor Randy Wise and AJGA junior Bailey Truesdell for the morning news segment, while Akers provided daily coverage and was onsite to conduct interviews and take photos.

“The tournament committee's hard work to secure Warwick Hills Country Club – with its extensive golf history – contributes to media interest,” Leach said. “The PR staff at the AJGA is instrumental in assisting to help promote our tournament. The biggest thing is to establish and maintain strong relationships with the local media and when they agree to provide coverage, try to bend over backwards to provide them everything they need to do their job.”

The event celebrates its 29th year on the AJGA schedule Aug. 19-22 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.

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1
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204
2
Joshua Martin
205
3
Kyle Sterbinsky
206
Girls
Total
1
Kelly Whaley
211
2
Emilia Migliaccio
216
3
Latanna Stone
217
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Boys
Total
1
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210
2
Brandon Smith
210
3
Triston Fisher
211
Girls
Total
1
Katharine Patrick
214
T
2
Julia Johnson
219
T
2
Hanna Alberto
219
T
2
Courtney Bryant
219
Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Winston Margaritis
207
T
2
Pierce Aichinger
212
T
2
Walker Kesterson
212
Girls
Total
1
Madeline Chou
216
T
2
Youngin Chun
218
T
2
Athena Yang
218
the Memorial Junior
Boys
Total
1
Donnie Trosper
209
2
Glenn Piot
212
T
3
Cameron Michalak
217
T
3
Elliott Grayson
217
T
3
Jeg Coughlin III
217
Girls
Total
1
Lexie Toth
219
2
Sybil Robinson
223
T
3
Lois Kaye Go
224
T
3
Molly Skapik
224
Lipari Energy Junior Championship presented by City of London
Boys
Total
1
Andrew Spiegler
207
2
Hoke Carlton
209
3
Zach Norris
215
Girls
Total
1
Brooke Graebe
214
2
Julia Calbi
217
3
Jiayu Kong
225
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Boys
Total
1
Issei Tanabe
206
T
2
Davis Holman
209
T
2
Justin Kim
209
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1
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209
2
Haley Moore
213
T
3
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3
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