The Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship will return June 19 – 22, 2023, at the Woodlands Country Club – Tournament Course in The Woodlands, TX. The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on developing and improving the skills of aspiring amateur players who want to pursue scholarships in college golf. The American Junior Amateur Golf Association was established in 1978 and is dedicated to conducting the country’s best junior golf tournaments.
The upcoming Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event. The seventy-eight competitors are set to tee off to try and win one of the longest-running AJGA events.
Patrick Reed & American Junior Golf Association
Patrick Reed was first a sponsor for the event in 2014 and has hosted the event ever since. Before hosting over the past 12 years, Partick competed in the event in 2006 when it was referred to as “PING Junior at The Woodlands” at same The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, but taking place on the Panther Trail Course. In this tournament, he lost on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to tie for second place.
The tournament has raised over $1 million in charitable donations since it began in 2011. The community and committee support has helped make it one of the most prominent events of the American Junior Golf Association.
A decade ago, one of the tournament chairs saw Reed while he was playing golf at The Country Club of The Woodlands. After winning his first tournament, the American player put his clubs into his car. The chairpersons approached him in the parking lot and asked if he would sponsor the event.
The next step was convincing the association members to participate in the tournament. Aside from hosting the event, Reed also helped raise funds for the ACE Grant, which provides financial assistance for young individuals who want to pursue college golf scholarships.
The tournament chairman said, “Our members felt this is worth donating towards.” The members of the association were very enthusiastic about supporting the event and wanted to help raise funds for the charitable activities of the American Junior Golf Association. The co-chairman of the tournament also noted that the course quality and the good kids participating in the event made it an easy decision for them to sponsor the tournament.
Over the past thirty years, The Woodlands Country has hosted various tournaments for the AJGA. In addition to the main events, it hosts multiple fundraising events. These include the Junior Am, which has a field of 115 participants, and the volunteers’ efforts, which raised $6,000. The Woodlands Country Club has built a thriving community with a special place for junior golfers.