JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One revolution of the ball. When Poland's Adrian Meronk left a 15-foot birdie putt just one revolution short of the cup on the third hole of a sudden death playoff, it gave America's Cody Proveaux a chance to overtake the world's number one ranking by making a 12-footer of his own. And, in a scene reminiscent of old British Open footage when spectators would follow the final group down the fairway, with more than 150 people - fans, parents, fellow competitors and media standing around the green -- make the putt he did. Proveaux overtook Meronk as the number one junior in the world according to the World Junior Golf Rankings. Only slightly less exciting and with a gallery of her own, on the girl's side of the draw, Austria's Marina Stuetz marked a come-from-behind victory and became the overall winner of the Series in 2011.
This year, all eyes will again be on the American Junior, a World Junior Series Event, when 78 of the world's top junior golfers tee it up in the shadow of the World Golf Hall of Fame on the Slammer & Squire Golf Course at World Golf Village in St. Augustine Florida. Marking what organizers suggest to be the permanent home of the event, players will battle it out over 54 holes from December 20-22, 2012. Organizers of this year's American Junior Golf Championships are pleased to announce that player registration is currently open for the 2012 event. Event details and applications are available through at www.wjgs.org.
The American Junior is the final leg of the World Junior Golf Series, a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, whose dual mission is to 1) provide world class tournament experiences for the world's best players and, 2) recognizing that most of these players will not become professional golfers, provide an educational platform that helps them become better world citizens - perhaps civic leaders, doctors or business people.
"With more than 20 countries being represented at this tournament, we can imagine no more appropriate venue than World Golf Village," said the World Junior Golf Series president, Dr. Susanna Rosswag. She continued, "This is a community event, and we are thrilled so far with the graciousness of everyone at World Golf Village. Whether as spectators, volunteers or sponsors, we look forward to having all of their members, residents and different businesses become part of our global junior golf family."
Organizers also announced a new linkage to The First Tee, a nonprofit youth development organization that is a division of the World Golf Foundation. This year two participants-one male and one female-from The First Tee's chapter network will be accepted into the field.
"We have in the World Golf Foundation and the World Junior Golf Foundation very similar missions," said Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation and tournament Patron. "Each of our initiatives positively impact people's lives through the game of golf and its values. I am delighted that the world's finest junior golfers will coming to play in the shadow of the World Golf Hall of Fame, where the greatest golfers in the world are honored and celebrated."
In addition to player registration, applications for a limited number of event sponsorship positions are also being accepted. Event sponsorship is being managed by Jacksonville-based marketing company, MediaShare Consulting Group. Said Mark D. Berman, MediaShare's Managing Partner, "Unique to this event is that the players are our guests. We put together a first-class, professional tour-like event in which they can learn to understand life as a professional athlete as well as what life has to offer outside the ropes. Because the tournament attracts the best players in the world at one of the world's most renowned venues, we are able to deliver a sponsorship opportunity without peer."
He continued, "Our goal is to create a community of players, volunteers, spectators and sponsors that truly care about junior golf and the values the game instills. We are confident we can do that and create an environment that delivers a strong community relations, marketing and sales case for those who choose to be involved." Parties interested in sponsoring this unique and important junior golf event can reach MediaShare at 904.683.1940.
Mark D. Berman
MediaShare Consulting Group 904.838.4962