Golf News for Friday, May 16, 2014 | People

Sergio Garcia new Honorary Chairman for Junior PLAYERS Championship

BRASELTON, Ga. -- PGA TOUR professional and AJGA alumnus Sergio Garcia is the new Honorary Chairman for The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Garcia and the American Junior Golf Association announced Tuesday.

"I'm excited to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the AJGA's Junior PLAYERS Championship," Garcia said. "Junior golf is an important part of the future of the game. I hope we can continue to inspire and support growth of junior golf internationally."

Garcia is an eight-time PGA TOUR champion and is currently No. 8 in the World Golf Rankings. The 2008 PLAYERS Champion supports junior golf in his home country of Spain through the Sergio Garcia Foundation, which was established in 2002.

The Sergio Garcia Foundation is focused on the social integration of disadvantaged children and young people through social assistance and extracurricular activities associated with sports; promoting, developing and funding golf clinics for disabled kids and young adults throughout Spain.

During his AJGA career, Garcia won the 1998 J&H Marsh & McLennan Apawamis Junior in Rye, New York. Garcia was the first player to ever post an under-par round in the event's history, finishing with a final-round 3-under-par 69 and three-stroke win.

The Junior PLAYERS Championship, held at TPC Sawgrass, will celebrate its eighth year in 2014. The tournament was created to afford the world's best junior boys the opportunity to come together and compete at a PGA TOUR venue. Notably one of the most international fields on the AJGA's schedule, The Junior PLAYERS Championship reserves 18 of the tournament's spots for international players.

"We are excited for Sergio to serve as the Honorary Chairman of The Junior PLAYERS Championship," AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin said. "As a former junior golfer who competed internationally and the 2008 PLAYERS Champion, Sergio is the perfect fit for this role as he embodies the international prestige of the event and is passionate about the development of golf's next generation."

TaylorMade-adidas Golf, the largest and most profitable golf equipment, apparel and footwear company in the world, is an official sponsor and partner of the AJGA and a loyal partner to Sergio Garcia for the last 15 years.

About the adidas Group
The adidas Group is a global leader in the sporting goods industry, offering a broad portfolio of footwear, apparel and hardware for sport and lifestyle around the core brands adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and Reebok-CCM Hockey. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany, the Group employs more than 50,000 people across the globe and generated sales of €14.5 billion in 2013.

About TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company sells golf clubs, balls, clothing and accessories under the TaylorMade, adidas Golf, Adams and Ashworth brands. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company posted 2013 sales of over €1.3 billion.

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.

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, please contact Stephanie Dittmer (sdittmer@ajga.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1797, or visit ajga.org.