The Insider September 2014 - Page 22

“Thank you to the @AJGAGolf for a great weekend of recruiting and hospitality. #JrPLAYERS” -@USFMensGolf “Thank you to the great @TPCSawgrass @TaylorM awesome @AJGAGolf #J @hr59sam”-@markoskar Outside the ropes: memories made on and off the course A lthough players were competing for one of the most sought after trophies in junior golf, that didn’t stop them from taking extra time to better the community. At the HUG / HEAL & Special Olympics Skills Clinic after the first round, players took to the range to give pointers to young men and women with autism. Taking turns hitting on the range, young Special Olympians received one-on-one tips from the best junior golfers in the world and had a chance to test out their new skills with a set of organized challenges. The smiles shared by competitors and guests went a long way to help promote a great cause and lighten the spirits at one of junior golf’s most challenging tests. Honorary Chairman PGA TOUR star and AJGA alum Sergio Garcia was named as the Honorary Chairman for The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. In addition to his eight PGA TOUR victories, Garcia was also an AJGA champion, winning the 1998 J&H Marsh & McLennan Apawamis Junior. “I’m excited to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the AJGA’s Junior PLAYERS Championship,” Garcia said. “Junior golf is an important part of the future of the game. I hope we can continue to inspire and support growth of junior golf internationally.” 22 American Junior Golf Association