by: Alexis Witman, Ashley Podoll, and Kyle Scholzen, AJGA Communications
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Bellefonte Country Club. The tournament field features 108 boys and 36 girls, ages 12-18. The Boys Division is playing the par-70 course at 6,014 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,618 yards.
LONG HISTORY: The AJGA is happy to be back at Bellefonte Country Club for the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior for the 29th year. The tournament is one of the longest running on the AJGA schedule.
ALL AROUND THE WORLD: Inside the doors to the Bellefonte Country Club there is a map that has a star on the hometown of each tournament participant. Participants at the event come from two foreign countries and 23 states, including 46 participants from the state of Kentucky.
PAST PARTICIPANTS: The tournament boasts a notable list of past participants. In 1994, PGA Tour player Ben Curtis won the event. Other notable participants include Charles Howell III, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes, Jim Furyk, and 2012 Master’s Champion Bubba Watson.
SENIOR RULES: Senior Rules Official Tom Cooksey has been involved in every single one of the 29 Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Juniors.
TD TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Current AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin is a former Tournament Director of the event.
CHARITABLE GIVING: At the AJGA's annual meeting in 2011, the NRP Bluegrass Junior was honored for it's charitable giving to the local community. According to the AJGA's press release, "The Charitable Giving Award honors a championship that exceeds expectations in fundraising and contribution to grassroots junior golf charities." At the Junior-Am fundraising tournament reception on Monday night, the tournament gave $26,000 to local high school golf teams, the Yancey Scholarship Fund, and the Eastern Kentucky Junior Golf Association. For more information on NRP's charitable giving, check out this release from the AJGA.
HOME COOKIN': Four of the top five and six of the top nine boys after the first round call the Bluegrass State home. Jeffrey Meade, the round-one leader, is from Ashland, Ky., the host city of the NRP Bluegrass Junior. Other Kentucky cities represented in the top nine are Lexington, Nicholasville, Anchorage, and Louisville.
DID HE REALLY JUST DO THAT?: Trick shot artist Dennis Walters wowed the Ashland crowd with a performance at Bellefonte Country Club Wednesday night. Walters, along with his dog Bucky, entertained the audience with shots using clubs shaped like dog treats, clubs with three clubheads, and clubs with overly-large heads.