Golf News for Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | Tournaments

Rolex Tournament of Champions at Tennessee's Richland Country Club

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Richland Country Club will join the list of prestigious venues to host the American Junior Golf Association's flagship event, the Rolex Tournament of Champions, which will be contested at the Nashville course, June 23-27. The tournament will feature 132 of the best junior golfers from around the world for the 36th year as the AJGA's longest-running event.

A SPECIAL INVITATION
As one of 13 Invitationals on the AJGA schedule, the Rolex Tournament of Champions brings together the top junior golfers in the nation. The criteria to receive an invitation includes: 2013 Rolex Junior All-America accolades, a top-10 finish at the 2013 Rolex Tournament of Champions, AJGA champions from the past year, USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award Recipients and Polo Golf Rankings.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Since 1978, the Rolex Tournament of Champions has produced champions who have gone on to find success at the professional level. A prestigious line-up of PGA and LPGA Tour players have won the title, including three-time champion Phil Mickelson (1986-88), Webb Simpson (2001), Brendon Todd (2003) Inbee Park (2003) and Morgan Pressel (2004).

COLLEGIATE SUCCESS
Former winners have also gone on to receive collegiate All-America nods, All-Conference accolades and National Championships, including Jamie Lovemark, Heather Bowie and Charles Howell II. Currently, UCLA freshman and 2013 champion Alison Lee is the top-ranked collegiate player in the nation after a first-year campaign which included three individual wins. A staple for college recruiting, 51 colleges and universities were represented at the 2013 event. The 2014 field features 75 players who have made college commitments.

2013 RESULTS
In 2013 at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Alison Lee of Valencia, California, carded a 4-under-par 276 to become the first girl since Kellee Booth in 1993 to win the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Rolex Girls Junior Championship in the same year. Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, captured his signature victory with an 8-under-par 272.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer opportunities will be available and guests are welcome to attend free of admission. For more information on volunteering, please contact Rich Krejsa at (615) 791-9012 or rkrejsa@bellsouth.net.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The tournament practice round will be a 1:30 p.m. shotgun on Monday, June 23. Tournament rounds will run Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27, with tee times running in the morning from 7 - 8:50 a.m. and in the afternoon from noon - 1:50 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Richland Country Club. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

SUPPORTERS
Rolex, a supporter of the AJGA since 1986, became an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. The distinguished timepiece maker is the proprietor of the Rolex Junior Players of the Year, Rolex Junior All-America Teams and the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet. Rolex also sponsors the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Rolex Girls Junior Championship, two of the AJGA's most competitive major championships. As a Premier Partner, Rolex is the Founding Partner to the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program and an Official Partner of the biennial PING Junior Solheim Cup.

ABOUT THE 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, Ryan Moore, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Britney Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

For more information, please contact Amanda Herrington (aherrington@ajga.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1789.