Most Improved Award: AJGA Junior at Centennial

Local organizers of the AJGA Junior at Centennial, which took place at Centennial Golf Club in Medford, Ore., July 16—19, 2012, have earned the Most Improved Tournament Award from the American Junior Golf Association. The Most Improved Tournament Award is given annually to a tournament committee that has built a model AJGA championship and gives tournament participants and parents a superior experience.

Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual media coverage, Junior-Am fundraising tournament, charitable giving, volunteer base and hospitality. The AJGA also recognizes the year’s most outstanding golf professional, superintendent and general manager, as well as the best new tournament, best Invitational and overall tournament of the year.
              
“After watching the tournament the past two years, the community wanted to see it become bigger and better so we formed a committee,” said Anne Jenkins, senior vice president of the Medford Visitors & Convention Bureau. “Having the strength of a committee to raise funds and create ideas gave this tournament the opportunity to rise to the next level.”
               
The committee’s goal was to make the tournament “Uniquely Medford” by incorporating local elements to showcase the community beyond the golf course. After a welcome by Mayor Gary H. Wheeler, players learned more about the local area through a “Putt-a-Pear activity”, which highlighted the pear industry specific to the region. The event also included a special parents’ reception featuring local fare such as food from Medford-based Harry and David, cheese and wine from nearby vineyards.
               
“We wanted to share with players and parents the community and enhance their experience in Medford,” said Angela Wood, director of sales at the Medford Visitors & Convention Bureau. “The committee came up with great ideas of how to make this event special and memorable.”
               
The AJGA Junior at Centennial returns to the AJGA schedule in 2013 and will be played Aug. 12—15 at Centennial Golf Club.

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1
Tyler Strafaci
66
2
Won Jun Lee
68
3
Eugene Hong
69
Girls
Total
1
Emma Albrecht
70
T
2
Amy Zhang
73
T
2
Gabriela Coello
73
Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
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1
Davis Shore
67
T
2
J. J. Gresco
68
T
2
Zach Norris
68
Girls
Total
1
Sophia Schubert
66
2
Angella Then
71
3
Abigail Heck
72
AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper
Boys
Total
T
1
Braden Thornberry
68
T
1
Jacob Bergeron
68
T
3
Logan Watkins
70
T
3
Drew Jones
70
Girls
Total
T
1
Mia Ayer
74
T
1
Sydney Youngblood
74
T
1
Kie Purdom
74
Lockton / Samsung Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Conner Koberg
69
2
Andrew Beckler
71
T
3
Tanner Owen
72
T
3
Aaron DeNucci
72
Girls
Total
1
Amy Matsuoka
71
T
2
Alison Chang
73
T
2
Meiqi Gao
73
Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Classic
Boys
Total
T
1
Marc Toma
69
T
1
Henry Cassriel
69
T
3
Mason Glinski
70
T
3
Taisei Negishi
70
T
3
Eric Ghim
70
Girls
Total
1
Benyapa Niphatsophon
67
T
2
Clare Amelia Legaspi
68
T
2
Alyaa Abdulghany
68
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Boys
Total
1
Isaiah Logue
213
2
Will Bernstein
217
T
3
Davis Lamb
218
T
3
Brent Ito
218
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Total
1
Brynn Walker
231
2
Madelein Herr
235
3
Amy Ding
236
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