Golf News for Friday, July 26, 2013 | Tournaments

IMG Junior Golf Tour announces 2013-14 schedule, ready to tee off for fourth season

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Coming off a record year for membership and tournament participation, the 2013-14 IMG Junior Golf Tour schedule is comprised of 18 events across four states. In its fourth season, the Tour will make stops at top venues such as: Wyncote Golf Club, ranked by Golf Magazine as the No. 5 course to play in Pennsylvania; The Club at Savannah Harbor, considered by Golfweek as the No. 7 course to play in Georgia; and a number of Florida courses that are ranked as top-20 courses in the state by Golfweek.

This year, the Tour will add new stops, including its first foray into southeast Florida since the inaugural season when it visits the PGA Golf Club’s Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie. The Tour will also continue expanding into the Northeast with new tournaments at Berkshire Valley Golf Club in Jefferson Township, N.J. and Galloping Hill Golf Club in Kenilworth, N.J. Throughout the year, select events will be ranked by the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior rankings, and all events are recognized by Junior Golf Scoreboard. This year, 13 of the 18 events have confirmed AJGA Performance Based Entry Status, and the Tour Championship has elevated AJGA status. More than 175 AJGA Performance Based Entry stars were earned by players during the 2012-13season to help players gain entry into top national tournaments.

The IMG Junior Golf Tour continues its mission to serve as a platform in developing top talent by providing national-level playing opportunities, and will continue to offer additional opportunities for exemptions into national events as the season progresses. Last season saw members from 15 states and more than 30 countries hit the links. Many of those members committed to top college programs including the likes of the University of Virginia, Purdue University, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of Tennessee, the University of Arkansas, and many more.

The 2013-14 schedule is as follows:

Sept. 21-22
Southeast Kickoff at The Vinoy Golf Club - St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sept. 28-29
Northeast Kickoff at High Bridge Hills Golf Club - High Bridge, N.J.

Oct. 5-6
Berkshire Valley Golf Club - Jefferson Township, N.J.

Oct. 12-13
Sara Bay Country Club - Sarasota, Fla.

Oct. 19-20
Eagle Creek Golf Club - Orlando, Fla.

Oct. 26-27
Wyncote Golf Club - Oxford, Pa.

Nov. 9-10
PGA Golf Club Ryder Course - Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Nov. 29 - Dec. 1
Thanksgiving at Grand Cypress - Orlando, Fla.

Jan. 18-20
Laurel Oak Country Club East Course - Sarasota, Fla.

Jan. 25-26
IMG Academy Golf Club - Bradenton, Fla.

Feb. 1-2
Rio Pinar Country Club - Orlando, Fla.

Feb. 15-16
The Club at Savannah Harbor - Savannah, Ga.

Mar. 1-2
Juliette Falls Golf Club - Dunnellon, Fla.

Mar. 15-16
Victoria Hills Golf Club - DeLand, Fla.

Apr. 5-6
Heron Glen Golf Club - Ringoes, N.J.

Apr. 26-27
Galloping Hill Golf Club - Kenilworth, N.J.

May 3-4
Marriott's Grande Pines Golf Club - Orlando, Fla.

May 17-18
IMG Junior Golf Tour Championship - TBA

Registration is open for both Tour membership and individual events. Tournaments are open to all competing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18. Tour membership begins at $49 with a premium membership package featuring additional gifts and enhanced opportunities available for only $99. Membership packages include Under Armour apparel, who is the official apparel provider of the IMG Junior Golf Tour. As an added bonus, members will receive the latest in performance fuel and products from Gatorade, which includes a complimentary Gatorade squeeze bottle, and access to the Gatorade G Series- Prime, Perform and Recover products- during each event. ALINE Systems will also provide members with free ALINEment Analysis at select events, helping players identify lower body alignment and range of motion issues. Membership also gives players the chance to start a free profile on beRecruited.com, connecting them with a network of more than 25,000 college coaches.

For more information and to register for membership, visit www.IMGJuniorGolfTour.com or call toll free at 866-373-0170.

About the IMG Junior Golf Tour
Developed to fill a key niche in junior golf, the IMG Junior Golf Tour provides an elite setting for junior golfers to compete and gain exposure to college golf, professional golf, national junior rankings and athletic excellence. Participants have access to championship-rated courses and are provided with unique resources that enable them to grow and develop not only as an athlete but as an individual.

Interactive educational events provide players and their families with an opportunity at each event to meet and receive advice from experts and professionals on topics such as fitness and nutrition, mental performance, media training, and college recruiting. Under Armour is the Tour’s official apparel sponsor. Additional sponsors include Gatorade, ALINE and beRecruited.com. Find us at: www.imgjuniorgolftour.com and on Facebook.

Contact:
Johnny Esfeller, IMG Performance PR Coordinator, 941-752-2461, john.esfeller@imgworld.com