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Jan. 9, 2017

BB&T joins AJGA as Official Partner

Banking company increases AJGA support

BRASELTON, Ga. — The American Junior Golf Association has announced a two-year Official Partnership with BB&T, one of the largest financial services holding companies in the United States.

“We are excited to have BB&T as an Official Partner in 2017,” said Jason Etzen, AJGA chief business officer. “BB&T has been a longtime supporter of the AJGA and we are proud to grow and develop our relationship with the company.”

As a part of the Official Partnership, the financial services company will become Presenting Sponsor of the Haas Family Invitational presented by BB&T in Greensboro, North Carolina, June 12-16, 2017.

Involved as a tournament partner since 2011, BB&T’s continued support will help 84 of the world’s best young men compete at Sedgefield Country Club’s Donald Ross Course, home of the PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship.

The 72-hole, top boys AJGA Invitational has been a key career stop since 2002 for more than 40 Haas Family Invitational presented by BB&T alumni who have also made their way to the PGA TOUR. Past champions include TOUR pros Brian Harman (2003, 2004) and recent PGA TOUR SBS Tournament of Champions victor Justin Thomas (2009). Other tournament alumni include Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Billy Horschel, Harris English, Chris Kirk and Danny Lee.

“We have been so impressed with the Haas Family Invitational at Sedgefield over the years, and we are proud to be associated with what we think is the finest youth sports organization in the world in the AJGA," said Cantey Alexander, BB&T's Regional President for the Triad Region. "BB&T values leadership and character, and the AJGA is fostering the next generation of leaders through golf and their service-oriented platform.”

About BB&T

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with approximately $222.6 billion in assets and market capitalization of approximately $30.6 billion, as of Sept. 30, 2016. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 2,220 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is recognized consistently for outstanding client satisfaction by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates, and others. BB&T also has been named one of the World's Strongest Banks by Bloomberg Markets Magazine, one of the top three in the U.S. and in the top 15 globally. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at BBT.com.

About the AJGA

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 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.

TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bill Haas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.