News and Notes: Preseason Junior at Château Élan

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HARD WORK PAYS OFF

The Preseason Junior at Chateau Elan served as a training
ground for the 48 summer interns that will be hitting the road for the AJGA. This
event was unique because there was over 70 AJGA staff members working the event
compared to the usual 10 or 12. Summer interns are broken up into six teams,
and the typical summer tournament will include one intern team comprised of eight
interns.

Team Photos at registration (3)

AJGA summer intern team two poses for the camera at Players Registration on Saturday. 

FIRST TIME IS A CHARM

Blake Smith of
Knoxville, Tenn., shot a final-round 1-under-par 70 to take home medalist
honors in his first AJGA event.

“It’s very good to
know I can play with these guys in the AJGA,” said Smith.

 CHANGE OF PACE

 Georgians have traditionally
dominated the Preseason Junior at Château Élan. In the six year history of the
event, the Boys and Girls Divisions have seen six winners from Georgia. This
year broke from tradition with the medalists both being from Tennessee. Smith
is from Knoxville and Allison Woodward is from Unicoi.

COLLEGE COACHES

 The AJGA strives to help juniors who
aspire to earn college golf scholarships achieve their goal. With events that
feature skilled junior golfers, many college coaches come to scout and recruit at
AJGA events. Preseason Junior at Château Élan was no exception, as the
tournament saw coaches from Middle Tennessee State University, UNC-Greensboro,
University of South Florida and Emory in attendance. 

COMPETITION HEATS UP OFF THE COURSE

 Players and AJGA staff took competition in another
direction when they played in a corn-hole competition at Sunday’s Tournament Cookout.
Participants were not afraid to show their competitive side in a more relaxed
setting.