AJGA Winter/Spring Schedule Announced
tournament schedule for the AJGA's winter/spring season includes 25 tournaments
between MLK Day and Memorial Day (with a bonus Preseason event just a few days
later). Many of the same venues of 2011 return for another run in 2012, while a
handful of new courses will play host to their first AJGA tournaments. Here is
what is in store:
events provide opportunities for less-experienced AJGA members looking to get
their first shot at AJGA competition. The Preseason Junior Series offers a
chance for AJGA members to earn Performance Stars, which can lead to additional
playing opportunities. The first two events in the series take place March
30-April 1, and the final Preseason event runs June 1-3. In 2011, Sierra Brooks
of Sorrento, Fla., kicked off her AJGA career as the medalist at the season's
first Preseason event and concluded the season by winning the Montverde Academy
Junior All-Star Championship and achieving Rolex Junior All-America honors.
Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series
events are scheduled in the spring for 12- to 15-year-old AJGA members, as part
of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. These tournaments
provide opportunities for the AJGA's younger players to tee it up against their
peers as precursor to AJGA Open tournaments. Success in this Series has
portended future success for many players. Jordan Spieth and Vicky Hurst gained
early experience in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series
before achieving Rolex Junior Player of the Year honors.
nine AJGA Open spring events are returnees from 2011, beginning with the second
annual Puerto Rico Junior Open, January 13-16. The bulk of the AJGA's annual
schedule consists of Open tournaments, providing opportunities for all eligible
boys and girls, ages 12-18, to compete. The AJGA's three Open events over
Easter weekend have been staples on the schedule for over a decade. Combined
with the three TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifiers, as well as the
TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Chateau Elan, more than 900 playing
opportunities are available that weekend.
2012, the ANNIKA Invitational changes dates to the MLK holiday weekend, Jan.
13-16, while the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods still holds the
Presidents' Day weekend dates, Feb. 17-20. For players who ascended the Polo
Golf Rankings in 2011, this pair of Invitationals provides premier
opportunities to jump-start the new year. As the AJGA transitions from spring
to summer, the Thunderbird International Junior will once again be contested
over Memorial Day weekend at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course.
the complete 2012 AJGA winter/spring schedule.