BRASELTON, Ga. -- Thirty-two of the nation's best junior golfers will compete in the fourth-annual Dormie Cup at National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C., Oct. 26-27. Named after its first host facility, the Dormie Club in West End, N.C., the Dormie Cup was created by juniors Patrick Cover of Huntersville, N.C., and Thomas Walsh of High Point, N.C., in 2010 to raise money for local junior golf associations. In three years, the Ryder Cup format tournament has raised $100,000 for various charities.
Dormie Cup participants are challenged to raise $1,000 in order to compete in the tournament. Each junior is given a personalized website and marketing materials to use in securing donations through the American Junior Golf Association's Leadership Links program. As of Oct. 10, the young men and those on a waiting list to compete are looking to raise more than $60,000 in 2013. Beneficiaries of this year's tournament include The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, Carolina's Junior Golf Association, The First Tee of Triad and the AJGA's Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant. In conjunction with the 2013 Polo Golf Junior Classic, Jack Nicklaus will host a VIP reception for the top eight Leadership Links fundraising juniors for CureSearch for Children's Cancer through the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation.
In association with the AJGA Leadership Links program, juniors raising money for a junior golf charity are eligible for a matching funds grant from the USGA. The USGA will match about $3,000 from Dormie Cup proceeds in 2013.
Cover was named a recipient of the 2013 USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award for his leadership, character and community service through his involvement with the tournament and his community. The previous year, co-founder Walsh was presented with the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award for displaying exemplary sportsmanship and promoting the integrity of the game.
"Last year, Noah Spivey, a 15-year-old fighting cancer, came and shared his story at the Dormie Cup," Cover said upon receiving the award in July. "He wanted to be a golfer, but couldn't do that because of his disease. It's amazing for us to be able to take our talents and put it towards benefiting people like him."
History of the Cup
At the inaugural event in 2010, 12 young men from North Carolina raised $10,000 and the USGA matched $3,300 for the Carolina Junior Golf Association. The following year, the field doubled and the amount raised tripled as 24 juniors raised $35,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, The First Tee of Sandhills, and the AJGA ACE Grant. In 2012, 24 juniors from North Carolina, Kentucky and South Carolina raised nearly $55,000 for The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, The First Tee of Sandhills and the AJGA ACE Grant, with the USGA matching $500.
For more information on the Dormie Cup, please contact Abby Liebenthal (email@example.com) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1786, or visit ajga.org.
Joshua Allen of Wilson, N.C.
Cody Carlson of Mooresville, N.C.
Hardin Councill of High Point, N.C.
Patrick Cover of Huntersville, N.C.
Noah Edmondson of Davidson, N.C.
Thomas Eldridge of Raleigh, N.C.
Kyle Fuller of Huntersville, N.C.
Brooks Golba of Huntersville, N.C.
Austin Hite of Maiden, N.C.
Philip Kelley III of Advance, N.C.
Andrew Kennedy of Winston-Salem, N.C.
David Kocher of Charlotte, N.C.
Nick Kroustalis of Clemmons, N.C.
Tristan Lough of Elon, N.C.
Will Minton of Raleigh, N.C.
James Mishoe IV of Cary, N.C.
Eric Mitchell of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Ashton Poole, Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.
Aaron Purviance of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Harrison Rhoades of Raleigh, N.C.
Ross Robison of Wilmington, N.C.
Krystian Romero of Pinehurst, N.C.
Stephen Saleeby of Raleigh, N.C.
Christian Salzer of Sumter, S.C.
Michael Sanders of Davidson, N.C.
Ben Schlottman of Advance, N.C.
Henry Shimp of Charlotte, N.C.
Kyle Spencer of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Gray Townsend of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Blake Wagoner of Cornelius, N.C.
Thomas Walsh of High Point, N.C.
Fiest Blake of Huntersville, N.C.
About Leadership Links
Leadership Links is a program that allows the American Junior Golf Association to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs.
Juniors are able to choose from various volunteer opportunities and find one that best suits their needs and availability. Activities include fundraising for local charities to volunteering their time.
Fundraising efforts allow juniors to raise money for a charity of their choice and the AJGA's ACE Grant Program. This program has no administration fees and therefore allows 100 percent of proceeds to be donated to the charities. Those juniors raising money for a junior golf charity will be eligible for a matching funds grant from the USGA.
About the American Junior Golf Association
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.
Abby Liebenthal, AJGA
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