The Stan Trojanowski Northern Junior is proud to offer two very special opportunities for our players. We extremely excited to announce that the AJGA will recognize the Stan Trojanowski Northern Junior in their Performance Based Entry system. The 2010 Boys and Girls Champions will receive 1 AJGA exemption, and the top 5 Boys will receive 1 AJGA performance star. The AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) is considered the premier junior golf tour in the country, and consequently, their events are very difficult to play in. The AJGAâ€™s Performance Based Entry allows players to earn exemptions based on their play in other comparable events. We are thrilled that we will be able to provide an opportunity for juniors to earn AJGA exemptions and further their efforts towards earning college golf scholarships.
Secondly, our 2010 Boys Champion will receive automatic invitations to the 2010 Bobby Chapman Junior (Sept. 18th-19th, 2010) and Joe Cheves Invitational (Sept. 11th-12th) and 2011 International Junior Masters (June 27th-July 2nd). The Girls Champion and Boys Runner-Up will also receive invitations to the 2010 Joe Cheves Junior. For those of you that are not familiar with these events, they are three of the best junior events in the country. Many of the players on the PGA and LPGA Tourâ€™s played in these events during their junior days and some notable past players include Jim Furyk, Tim Clark, Trevor Immelman, Camilo Villegas, Lucas Glover, Corrine Carr and Amber Littman. Below is some more information on each of these extraordinary events.
Bobby Chapman– The 2009 Bobby Chapman field represented 15 states and Canada with 13 respective State Champions making their way to Spartanburg. The field participated in 18 USGA Championships, won 3 AJGA titles along with 43 other major championships. The average handicap is an impressive +.5! The Alumni list is also quite impressive as the current US Open Champion ; Lucas Glover, is our first champion. The USGA Amateur runner up, Ben Martin is also a past participant along with three members of the 2009 Walker Cup Squad. Peter Uilhien won two Chapman titles with Bud Cauley and Brian Harman having also graced the fairways of the Country Club of Spartanburg.
International Junior Masters– The East Aurora event is now the oldest International Junior Golf Invitational in North America. A four-day test, it is the first and possibly the only PGA member club-sponsored competition of its type in the entire country. The East Aurora Country Club was particularly well-suited for such a tournament. Tournament week consists of a Member-Junior 18 hole team event on Monday. After registration and opening ceremonies on Monday, the field of 80 plays 18 holes of stroke play on Tuesday. Wednesday morning the second round of Stroke Play determines the following Match Play pairings. Wednesday afternoon the low 32 start the Championship bracket of Match Play. Matches are contested over 18 holes. The 16 losers of these opening matches will continue in the Championship Consolation bracket. The next 48 qualifiers will be flighted in 16 man brackets: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Thursday morning and afternoon will have 18 hole matches in all flights. These results will set up the semi-final matches Friday morning and the finals for Friday afternoon.
Joe Cheves Invitational– The Joe Cheves Junior Invitational is an invitation-only junior event. Champions of a select list of junior tournaments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia,Â as well as a set of other performance-based qualifications determine its field. Meet a criteria and earn your way into this premiere junior golf event. Invitees will compete in 36-holes of stroke play at the 1929 Donald Ross-designed Mimosa Hills Country Club layout in Morganton, N.C. Competitors will compete for the Joe Cheves Trophy. Mr. Cheves was head pro at Mimosa Hills for 30 years, and was a PGA Life Member. Heâ€™s a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the Carolinas PGA and Carolinas Golf Halls of Fame. A life-long supporter of junior golf, â€œProâ€ passed away at age 89 on July 31st, 2007.Â