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Feb. 9, 2011

And The Winners Are...

Tournament of the Year

Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club

Longbow Golf Club (Mesa, Ariz.)

The AJGA Tournament of the Year Award is given annually to the tournament that showcases the AJGA, its members, sponsors and host facility better than any other event on the Association’s schedule. In a tournament that provides top-notch competition over the traditional Easter weekend, committee members combined heavy media exposure, accommodating facilities and outstanding customer service to participants at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club.


Invitational Tournament of the Year

ANNIKA Invitational

Reunion Resort (Reunion, Fla.)

The AJGA Invitational of the Year Award is given annually to the invitation-only tournament that creates an unparalleled championship experience at the AJGA's highest-level event. The ANNIKA Invitational is receiving the Invitational of the Year award thanks to a 2010 event that featured world-class international competition as well as off-the-course events each evening.

Newcomer of the Year

Erie Junior Golf Classic

The Kahkwa Club (Erie, Pa.)

The AJGA Newcomer of the Year Award honors a first-year tournament that displays the complete tournament experience in its inaugural year. With ample money raised for charity, extra activities in the hospitality room and extensive media coverage, the Erie Junior Golf Classic was an all-around successful tournament, due in large part to an extremely involved Tournament Committee.


Most Improved

Randy Wise Junior Open

Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club (Grand Blanc, Mich.)

The Most Improved Tournament Award recognizes a tournament committee that has worked tirelessly to develop and enhance the AJGA tournament experience for players and their families. The Randy Wise Junior Open Tournament Committee worked to bring the event to the next level in 2010. Players were given a PGA TOUR-like experience at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, where they received personalized lockers, a players-only lounge and played the course similar to the specifications of the Buick Open.



Mayakoba Junior Golf Classic

El Camaleón Golf Club (Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

The Media Award recognizes a tournament with outstanding media participation and coverage before, during and after the event. The Mayakoba Junior Golf Classic claims the media award after receiving ample print, broadcast and radio coverage throughout the event, thanks in large part to a press conference that 19 members of the media attended.


Charitable Giving

Erie Junior Golf Classic

The Kahkwa Club (Erie, Pa.)

The Charitable Giving Award honors a championship that exceeds expectations in fundraising and contribution to grassroots junior golf charities. In 2010, the Erie Junior Golf Classic raised over $85,000 from the event for a local junior golf course in need of renovation.



HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods

The Club at Carlton Woods (The Woodlands, Texas)

The Junior-Am Award honors a tournament committee that exceeds expectations in fundraising through its Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament. In 2010, the Junior-Am at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods raised more than $110,000, which helped fund the AJGA’s longest-running all-boys Invitational and supported local grassroots junior golf organizations.



Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star

WindStone Golf Club (Ringgold, Ga.)

The Volunteer Award honors a tournament committee that builds a model team of volunteers that is committed to the success of the championship. The Ringgold community has embraced its AJGA event since the tournament began in 2003, and it continues to thrive behind a volunteer base of more than 200 people.



Rolex Junior Girls Championship

Long Cove Club (Hilton Head, S.C.)

The Hospitality Award honors a tournament committee that creates a special tournament experience for the juniors and the families in attendance, both during and after competition. Participants at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship were made to feel at home with the help of private housing, homemade cookies in the locker room, delicious meals and numerous fun activities all arranged by the hospitality committee.


Golf Professional of the Year

Jack Gaudion – McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends

The Legend of Bristlecone (Hartland, Wis.)

The Golf Professional Award honors a PGA professional whose selfless commitment makes the championship special for the players, families and staff. Since 2005, the AJGA has hosted the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends event at one of The Legend Clubs each year, where Gaudion is actively involved in all aspects of the tournament.