Golf News for Monday, June 24, 2013 | Growth Of The Game

American Junior Golf Association and TGA Premier Junior Golf partner

BRASELTON, Ga. -- The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) announces a partnership with TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) in an effort to grow the game by providing TGA members opportunities to gain exposure to the highest level of junior competition through volunteering at AJGA events.

The Junior All-Star at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., August 5 - 8 will kick off the partnership, which will revolve around local AJGA tournaments. TGA participants and families will volunteer at events, be part of junior clinics given by AJGA players and learn more about AJGA players and their progression.

"The AJGA is proud to partner with TGA to continue our mission of developing golf's next generation," said Jason Etzen, AJGA chief business officer. "This opportunity gives even more junior golfers the dream of taking their golf career to the collegiate level and beyond."

The AJGA also will promote opportunities for its junior members to work locally with TGA programs in schools and camps. Members will be able to earn community service hours as part of their AJGA Leadership Links profile.

"Golf is considered a sport of opportunity. When TGA introduces youth and their families to golf, one of our jobs is to show the students and parents we serve where they can take their golfing career," said Joshua Jacobs, founder and CEO of TGA Premier Junior Golf. "Through our partnership with the AJGA, we get to do just that, while becoming another feeder system to help guide kids to the next level."

The partnership will also include an AJGA financial contribution to the TGA Sports Foundation to benefit local chapters.

About TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA)

TGA Premier Junior Golf, which has been enriching the lives of youth for the past 10 years through its school-based youth golf programs, is an innovative franchise model for self-starters who enjoy working with children in a business venture that provides a unique entry into youth sports, education and the golf industry. TGA makes golf affordable and accessible through consistent programs that offer physical education and after-school programs at elementary and middle schools, childcare centers and community centers.

Entrepreneur Magazine named TGA a "Top 10 Franchise Value" in 2010 based on total startup costs, as well as No. 295 on the Magazine's Franchise 500 rankings in 2012. In addition, the publication has ranked TGA among the top children's fitness, low-cost and home-based franchises the last few years.

TGA is a national supporting organization of the After School Alliance and Lights on After School, and is a corporate advocate and national partner of the President's Challenge on Physical Fitness, Golf Coaches Association, as well as the National Council of Youth Sports. The United States Golf Association (USGA) under the Rules of Amateur Status also approves TGA's curriculums for teaching the game.

For more information about TGA Premier Junior Golf, visit www.playtga.com.

About the American Junior Golf Association (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 fourth 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, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

For more information about the American Junior Golf Association, visit www.ajga.org.

Media Contacts:
AJGA
Morgan Seeley - Media
(678) 425-7192
mseeley@ajga.org

TGA Premier Junior Golf
Kevin Frisch - Public Relations
(989) 614-0241
kevin@playtga.com