Thursday, May 16, 2013

International Junior Golf Tour to Host ‘Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions’

Global, Decorated Field Represents 21 U.S. States, 12 Countries

(Hilton Head Island, S.C.) – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) – one of the leading competitive circuits for elite golfers in grades 5-12 – will host the 18th annual “Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions” May 25-27 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Among the most prestigious events in junior golf, the field represents 21 U.S. states and 18 countries. The tournament is a three-day, 54-hole competition for ages 9-19 in three divisions: Boys 15-19, Boys Under-14 and Girls Under-19.

Top finishers in each division will receive elite tournament exemptions including the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, The Players Amateur, Veritas Junior World and South Atlantic Championship (Girls Under-19). American Junior Golf Association Performance Stars are awarded in select divisions to  Top-20 finishers.

“The Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions is an opportunity for our elite competitors to put their game to the test against top juniors from around the world,” says Peter Orrell, CEO of Junior Sports Corporation, owner and operator of the IJGT. “Home to 27 world-class holes by Jack Nicklaus, Grand Cypress serves as the ideal venue for an event of this magnitude.”

Beyond stroke play, the schedule of events includes instructional clinics, college placement seminars and mental training sessions by Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy staff. To view the entire Tournament of Champions schedule:

Following the second round, competitors and guests are invited to attend the year-end “Night of Champions” banquet, honoring the “IJGT Players of the Year” in each division. Competitors receive a complimentary ticket; additional tickets can be purchased for $80.

LPGA professional Suzy Whaley will serve as keynote speaker for the Night of Champions. Her accolades include Golf Digest “Top 50 Teacher in America” and “50 Best Women Teachers in America" for 2012-2013.

Headquartered on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT hosts more than 60 two- and three-day events throughout the U.S. annually and is the only junior golf tour with tournaments every weekend during the September-to-May school year. IJGT members represent 45 U.S. states and 43 countries.

For more information on the IJGT:, 888.936.5327.


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