The Big Daddy. The Big Kahuna. Yes indeed, The Hub’s about to dive into none other than the American Junior Golf Association – AJGA. Fasten your seatbelts.

Before we start let’s get a few things on the table (Warning: Bias alert).

Here at The Hub, we are unabashed fans of the AJGA. We think they put on the most professional, well run junior golf tournaments in the world. Period. It’s a first-class junior tour that stands out in a world filled with junior golf tours.

We believe so much in the AJGA that we sponsor their Preview Series events, which is an entry door to the AJGA for hundreds of talented junior players each year.

Just consider the roster of PGA and LPGA players who came through the AJGA:

PGA Tour: Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Davis Love III, Rickie Fowler, Stewart Cink, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Harris English, Bob Estes, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Russell Henley, Morgan Hoffmann, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Steve Marino, Ryan Moore, Sean O’Hair, Jeff Overton, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Scott Stallings, David Toms, Mark Wilson, Gary Woodland, and Scott Verplank.

LPGA Tour: Paula Creamer, Katie Futcher, Julieta Granada, Pat Hurst, Vicky Hurst, Jennifer Johnson, Moriya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, I.K. Kim, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Paige Mackenzie, Kristy McPherson, Inbee Park, Morgan Pressel and Wendy Ward.

Not too bad (ok we really mean – are you kidding me?)

Even better yet, many of these luminaries actively sponsor events and show up at the events to greet players and parents. Photo-op time!

 

AJGA Winners past and present

 

There is just one problem. Navigating the AJGA for the first time can be a bit tricky. Especially for first-timers. The list of questions we hear goes something like this:

 

How do I know if I’m ready for the AJGA?
What are the different types of events?
When do you recommend I start?
How does the AJGA work?
What is Performance Based Entry?
How does Performance Based Entry work?
How much will it cost?
What are the types of events?

 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Yes, indeed there are lots of questions when it comes to the AJGA.  And get ready because The Hub is about to cover lots of ground here!

Lastly, note we are going to cover all the above in a multi-part series of blog posts. In this post, we are going to start with the basics including understanding the types of events on the AJGA schedule.

Onward!

 

AJGA Basics

The AJGA conducts tournaments for talented junior players aged 12-19 across the United States and a small number of international locations.

In 2017, the AJGA conducted 120+ tournaments and is set for a similar level in 2018.

There are five types of tournaments on the AJGA roster:

Open Events (O)
Invitationals (I)
Preview Series (P)
Junior All Stars (J)
Senior Showcase (S)

 

The type of event is marked on the AJGA’s schedule next to the tournament name.

AJGA Tournament Schedule

 

Let’s understand each type of event further.

Open Events:
  • Open to all AJGA members
  • Largest single category of event with 65+ per year (~60% of AJGA schedule)
  • Uses Performance Based Entry and field sorted by number of Performance Stars
  • Most events include one-day Qualifiers
  • Able to play in up to five Open events

 

Invitationals:
  • Require an invitation to participate
  • Fifteen invitationals currently scheduled for 2018
  • Entry criteria varies but most common is player position in Rolex Ranking
  • Often have marquee sponsors like Annika Sorenstam, Shanshan Feng, Billy Horschel, Stacy Lewis, the Haas family and blue-chip companies like Rolex, Wyndham, and Polo

 

Junior Golf Hub Preview Series Events:
  • Designed for junior golfers who have never played in an AJGA event before
  • 15 events including 4 events that designed specifically for players aged 12-15
  • No Performance Based Entry
  • Applicants accepted by graduation year (seniors first, then juniors, sophomores etc.)
  • Hub team attends every event. Make sure you say hi to us at our booth!

 

ACDS Junior All-Star Events:
  • Tournaments for AJGA members aged 12-15
  • 20 events in the 2018 schedule
  • Uses Performance Based Entry
  • Most events include one-day Qualifiers
  • Able to play in up to four ACDS Junior All-Star events

 

Senior Events:   
  • Designed for graduating seniors
  • Two main showcase events: one in February and another in December
  • Uses Performance Based Entry
  • Note: The December event has the benefit of being commensurate with the Golf Coaches Association of America conference in Las Vegas and is well attended by college golf coaches

 

For those of you who prefer this in table form: here you go!

 

 

AJGA Qualifiers

Also, note that most Opens and ACDS Junior All-Star events include Qualifiers. These are one-day events scheduled a day before the tournament starts that allow players to earn their way into the field through solid play. To find events with Qualifiers, check out the AJGA’s tournament page and look for the Q symbol next to the tournament name:

Keep in mind there is no limit to the number of Qualifiers you can play in!

 

Event Limit in the AJGA

All good things have limits and the AJGA is no exception. AJGA members are limited to a combined total of five Open and Junior All-Star events per year (with a maximum of four Junior All-Star events per season). Preview Series and Invitational events do not count towards this limit.

 

There you have it. A few basics on the AJGA and help navigating the schedule. Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts where we dive deep into the belly of the beast: Performance Based Entry!

 

Enjoy your Journey!

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