HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) - one of the leading competitive circuits for elite golfers in grades 5-12 - will host the 18th annual "Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions" May 25-27 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Among the most prestigious events in junior golf, the field represents 21 U.S. states and 18 countries. The tournament is a three-day, 54-hole competition for ages 9-19 in three divisions: Boys 15-19, Boys Under-14 and Girls Under-19.
Top finishers in each division will receive elite tournament exemptions including the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, The Players Amateur, Veritas Junior World and South Atlantic Championship (Girls Under-19). American Junior Golf Association Performance Stars are awarded in select divisions to Top-20 finishers.
"The Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions is an opportunity for our elite competitors to put their game to the test against top juniors from around the world," says Peter Orrell, CEO of Junior Sports Corporation, owner and operator of the IJGT. "Home to 27 world-class holes by Jack Nicklaus, Grand Cypress serves as the ideal venue for an event of this magnitude."
Beyond stroke play, the schedule of events includes instructional clinics, college placement seminars and mental training sessions by Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy staff. To view the entire Tournament of Champions schedule: http://bit.ly/16xIo3z
Following the second round, competitors and guests are invited to attend the year-end "Night of Champions" banquet, honoring the "IJGT Players of the Year" in each division. Competitors receive a complimentary ticket; additional tickets can be purchased for $80.
LPGA professional Suzy Whaley will serve as keynote speaker for the Night of Champions. Her accolades include Golf Digest "Top 50 Teacher in America" and "50 Best Women Teachers in America" for 2012-2013.
Headquartered on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT hosts more than 60 two- and three-day events throughout the U.S. annually and is the only junior golf tour with tournaments every weekend during the September-to-May school year. IJGT members represent 45 U.S. states and 43 countries.
For more information on the IJGT: www.IJGT.com/info, 888.936.5327.
About Junior Sports Corporation
Located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, JSC owns and operates:
Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy is the world's only academy to combine training, competition and academics for serious junior golfers. Director of Instruction Hank Haney - coach to winners of every major championship on the PGA TOUR - and his elite staff train junior golfers from more than 25 countries across six continents.
The International Junior Golf Tour hosts 60 tournaments annually and is the only junior golf tour with events every weekend during the September-to-May school year.
Established in May 2011, the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy produces the finest tennis training and competition for junior students to ultimately reach the college or professional ranks. Ivan Lendl, former World No. 1 player and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, serves as Director of Instruction and is dedicated to the development of each junior tennis player.
Heritage Academy provides progressive, diverse academic instruction for students from grades five to 12 who pursue extra-curricular passions, such as golf at Hank Haney IJGA and tennis at Ivan Lendl IJTA.
Hilton Head Island is easily accessible by most major airlines through Hilton Head Island (HHI), Savannah (SAV), Charleston (CHS) and Columbia (CAE) airports.