Golf News for Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | Sponsorship

AJGA Pace of Play program gains national support from Leupold

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The American Junior Golf Association's Pace of Play program, long considered an innovation in the golf industry, has gained national support from Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the AJGA announced March 4

The sport optics technology leader has committed to a seven-year partnership of the Pace of Play program, during which the world's top junior golfers will learn how to compete on some of the best golf courses in the country, quickly.

"This program is one of the AJGA's most important," said Stephen Hamblin, AJGA executive director. "With faster play, we eliminate exposure to prolonged extreme heat conditions and create a fair experience for everyone. We feel our members can be part of the solution to the issue of pace of play and we look forward to Leupold's long-term involvement as a leader in the golf industry."

The Pace of Play program sponsored by Leupold, first instituted by the AJGA in 2003, is enforced using time-par through six on-course checkpoints. Based on the idea of playing ready golf at all times, the program has been successful at more than 800 AJGA tournaments over the last decade. An average round at an AJGA tournament (threesomes, tee times) has consistently been under 4 hours, 30 minutes.

"We are excited to be a part of the AJGA's Pace of Play program and its continued efforts to improve the game of golf," said Rob Morrison, vice president of marketing for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. "We know that using one of our digital laser rangefinders can help with pace of play and we applaud the AJGA for its decision to make our products available for use in tournament play."

The AJGA maintains records of each competitive round, conditions and hole-by-hole difficulty, and closely examines all factors which contribute to playing a fair, but fast, round of golf. Implemented at all AJGA tournaments, two events had an average pace faster than four hours in 2012: the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance (3:58) and the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior (3:56).

In addition to its support of the Pace of Play program, Leupold will be the Official Rangefinder of the AJGA and support the Playing Fore Their Future charity campaign benefiting the AJGA Foundation and the Nicklaus Charities Healthcare Fund.

For more information, please contact Morgan Seeley in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1792 or by e-mail at

About Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the preeminent American-owned optics company, employs hundreds of people in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Beaverton, Ore. Family owned and privately operated, Leupold offers products that are sold worldwide to golfers, hunters, competitive shooters, American military warfighters, law enforcement personnel and wildlife observers. The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; trail cameras; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories.

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 12-18) of approximately 6,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 50 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Britney Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

Morgan Seeley, AJGA
(678) 425-1792

Patrick Mundy
(503) 526-1467

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., P.O. Box 688, Beaverton, OR 97075-0688, U.S.A.
Phone: (800) LEUPOLD or (503) 526-1400 • Fax: (503) 352-7621 •