Volunteers and a few teams to support the Junior-Amateur are still needed in advance of the new AJGA Gateway Mortgage Group Tulsa Junior July 24-26 at the Oaks Country Club.
Maggie Roller, director of instruction at Cedar Ridge Country Club, golf coach at Class 2A state champion Regent Prep and mother of three talented junior golfers, has spearheaded the organization of the first American Junior Golf Association event to be held in the Tulsa area in many years.
The event will be first class all the way. Not only are the 79 contestants fortunate to play a great A.W. Tillinghast design such as Oaks Country Club, Roller’s organizing committee has lined up gifts, entertainment, clinics and more to make the experience memorable for the young players who will compete.
There are still a few spots available for teams in the Junior-Am Fundraiser on July 23. Teams of three amateurs pay $1,000 and play with a junior golfer. All contestants receive golf balls, tournament shirts and hats. Proceeds from the Junior-Am will help support the AJGA’s Ace Grant scholarship fund and the Folds of Honor. To enter, email Roller at Maggie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
More volunteers are also welcome. To sign up, go to www.volunteersignup.org/MC99R.
The AJGA has been a proving ground for many of today’s brightest PGA Tour stars, including Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis.
To enter or for more information on the tournament, go to www.ajga.org. A local qualifier is scheduled July 22 at Page Belcher Golf Course. The organizing committee also has six exemptions to award and is requiring those seeking the exemptions to write a paper detailing why they should be selected. Those selections will be made on June 18.
The new Gateway Mortgage Group Tulsa Junior will be the first of two AJGA events in Oklahoma in 2018, along with the Ping Invitational Oct. 5-8 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater.
In addition to Roller’s efforts, the tournament is possible due to the generosity of the sponsors led by Gateway Mortgage Group. CEO and gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt, stepped forward to be the title sponsor and help make the event first class for all the contestants. Other major sponsors are Bama Pie, Mabrey Bank and Tahlequah Hospital.