Throughout the last 27 years, the American Junior Golf Association has been fulfilling its mission: to help juniors earn college golf scholarships.
Now the AJGA would like to know which of many roads its thousands of players have taken in their lives, and offer them support and engagement through the AJGA Alumni Program.
Similar to other outreach initiatives, the Alumni Program offers many benefits to members including the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones at regional outings, network with other golf professionals, receive national industry-specific job postings, meet current players at Junior-Ams and become involved in future events.
Chief Advancement Officer Bob Miller said the idea to establish the Alumni Program came as a result of the AJGA’s need to re-establish a relationship with former players.
“Since 1978 we’ve had talented, upstanding juniors go through the AJGA,” Miller said. “We are most excited to help some of our alumni stay involved in golf.”
Hunter Mahan continues to be heavily involved with the AJGA and his contributions have earned him recognition as a National Chairman alongside Annika Sorenstam.
Prominent alumni such as Hunter Mahan, Bob Estes, Lucas Glover, Justin Leonard, Vicky Hurst, Sherri Steinhauer, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson are involved in current programming, but Miller said the AJGA would like to engage in a better relationship with all of its alumni.
“We are very aware of the TOUR players because they are very public,” Miller said. “What about the others? We want to know where our alumni are and what all our alumni are up to, and we want them to get involved.”
The AJGA Alumni Program offers engagement in current projects and events through the Regional Leadership program. There are opportunities for alumni to scout future tournament locations, offer feedback, work with local Tournament Directors or help with the promotion, sponsorship and fundraising of events.
Membership also includes a chance for alumni to stay involved in the golf industry as a career. There are many opportunities available in the AJGA itself and through its connections with sponsors and friends. These postings are available on the Golf Jobs Center. Former AJGA staff and players have been successful in the golf industry as PGA Tournament Directors, assistant and head coaches, and USGA and other corporate staff members.
The Alumni Directory will help to reconnect many valuable friendships forged on the AJGA circuit. Message boards and regional outings will give members the opportunity to stay in touch or meet new golfing friends and business contacts.
Members will be given an AJGA towel, pin and metal bag tag plus a one-year subscription to Golfweek magazine (domestic value $59.40). The start-up cost is $50 ($25 for current college students) and your membership will be valid for one calendar year from the date you join.