Next month marks the 13th annual Orange Bowl Junior Golf Tournament; an event sponsored by the American Junior Golfers League (AJGL). Hosted by the Willow Wisp Lakes Country Club, this years championship will raise money for the TEAM Leukemia charitable foundation. Each year the Junior Golf League selects a foundation to contribute proceeds from the event. Last year, the Orange Bowl raised a record $30,000. Other sponsors of the Tournament include Golfing Magazine, Sports High Fitness, Spritz Fluids, and NPI Imaging. Orange Bowl Jr. Golf Tournament online and open registration is extended until the 31st.
Tee off begins on Friday with ideal weather in the forecast. Top contenders in the female divisions, 13-15, return this year to compete for titles. Last year, Amy Yardley and Melissa Rice, sophomores from Breckenridge, were close contenders coming in behind Jamie Foster-King, a junior from Salt Valley, who took home the top honors. Champion in the male division, Jonathan Hong, also a junior from Salt Valley, earned a record best finish at the annual Orange Bowl, finishing T4 assisted by an eagle. He will return this year to compete for the division title.
This year, competition for Jonathan includes Christopher Maulder, who returns to tournament action this year after winning the 5A Class State Championship in Florida. Jackson Twyman, State Champion in Texas, is also a high ranking contender, and will join the competition this year. Newcomers from various clubs are expected to compete as well. This years Championship results will be used to determine postseason honors such as the Crystals Junior Players of the Year Award and Junior All-America teams. In addition, Division coaches from various schools are expected to be in attendance.
The leagues spokesperson, Ramsey Hughes, looks forward to an excitable event as record crowds are anticipated. Were looking forward to a memorable display of sportsmanship from all the young golfers competing in this years Orange Bowl Jr. Golf Tournament, Hughes comments. These are dedicated players and they all are focused on doing their best.
The Orange Bowl Jr. Golf Tournament is a quality course that the young players can get into and really challenge themselves to hit every shot. The Orange Bowl Jr. Golf Tournament committee chairperson, Laura Hill, thanks all the sponsors and especially the volunteers who work countless hours to make the event a great success each year. Its going to be a great day for the game of golf as well as the Junior League. The AJGL encourages all to attend the Orange Bowl Jr. Golf Tournament and witness golf history.