News and Notes: Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior

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 Written by: Leah Flanagan and Tim Hamilton AJGA Communications

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Natural
Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior. NRP has been the title sponsor for the past
10 years. This tournament is one of the longest running events on the AJGA
schedule.  Bellefonte Country Club in
Ashland, Ky., serves as the host once again this week. The NRP event means so
much to this community, and the volunteer support is always admirable in
Ashland.  A lot can change in 30 years,
but one thing the people of Ashland can always count on is a golf tournament in

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AJGA interns and four full time staff members are in Ashland working this
event. Two of the interns are very familiar with this tournament. Michael Hicks
of Newnan, Ga., and Ryan Flanagan of Somerset, Ky. played in this event as
juniors, and now their back to work the event. Hicks finished T14 in 2006, and
Flanagan played in the qualifier in 2009. The duo got to see the tournament
from the side of the player, now they get to see all the logistics that go into
running such a big event.

NRP Bluegrass Junior
by the numbers
– 6,009 yards to played by the boys, 5,666 yards played by
the girls. 2,000 miles is the longest distance travelled by a player from Palos
Verdes Estates, Calif. 144 players competed in the tournament. 56 boys made the
cut. The tournament has been played at Bellefonte Golf Club for 30 years. 23
states represented by the competitors. 19 girls made the cut for the final
round. 3 days of competition.

Famous Alumnus– The
NRP Bluegrass Junior boasts a number of notable present-day prodessional
golfers who have played in the tournament as juniors.  The 2012 Masters champion, Bubba Watson,
competed in the tournament in 1993. Current AJGA National Chairman and winner
of two PGA tournaments, Hunter Mahan, tied for second when he played in 1998. Ben
Curtis won the 1994 NRP title and the 2003 Open Championship LPGA tour player
Leigh Anne Hardin competed in the tournament from 1995-2000 and claimed the championship
from 1997 to 2000. 

NRP scoreboard
NRP has one of the neatist scoreboards for an AJGA event.