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$1 million mark in monies reimbursed through ACE Grant
Financial assistance program reaches milestone
in ninth year
BRASELTON, Ga. – The American Junior
Golf Association has reimbursed $1 million through its Achieving Competitive
Excellence (ACE) Grant program, which has helped provide 2,561 playing
opportunities for junior golfers since the program began in 2003. The ACE Grant
plays an integral role in helping the AJGA fulfill its Mission, as 409 junior
golfers, ages 12-18, have gained greater access to a national tournament schedule
with help from the financial assistance program.
“The ACE Grant is one of the most important
initiatives the AJGA has ever undertaken,” said AJGA Executive Director Stephen
Hamblin. “It is critically important that the AJGA help give young golfers who
may have the talent, but not the resources, the opportunity to compete on a
national stage to gain exposure for a college golf scholarship.”
Recognizing the need to provide playing
opportunities to all junior golfers, regardless of financial resources, the
AJGA introduced the ACE Grant program in 2003. During the program’s first year,
the AJGA gave 12 ACE Grants and reimbursed nearly $15,000. Over the course of
the last nine years, the AJGA has accepted every qualifying junior golfer that has
applied for an ACE Grant.
Seven ACE Grants are endowed, thanks to the
generous support of the Bruce Slovitt Memorial, HP, Deutsche Bank, the Lowry
Family, the Bradley Johnson Memorial, and AJGA National Chairmen Hunter Mahan
and Annika Sorenstam.
“The ANNIKA Foundation is a proud supporter of
the AJGA and the ACE Grant program through our Invitational tournament each
year at Reunion Resort near Orlando,” Annika said. “Our Foundation strives to
give all children an opportunity to both learn about golf and compete at the
highest level, and the ACE Grant program closely aligns with our mission to do
The AJGA has reached the million-dollar
milestone in a record-breaking year for the ACE Grant, as reimbursements for
the 2011 season are expected to exceed $240,000 and help 147 junior golfers by
the end of the year.
To make a donation to the ACE Grant program,
visit ajga.org/donations. For more
information, please contact Chris Richards (email@example.com) in the AJGA
Communications Department at (678) 425-1789 or visit ajga.org/ACEGrant.
American Junior Golf
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 5,000 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, Polo 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 Stewart Cink, Matt
Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr,
Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.