By Debbie Lee and Chris Hummer Communications Interns
FJ Invitational News
The 12th annual FJ Invitational was played at
Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC., where 84 competitors from 27 states
and four countries (China, Mexico, Japan, and Singapore) were invited to
participate in this renowned AJGA event.
Sedgefield Country Club is an historic venue, having hosted
one of the PGA Tour’s longest running events, the Wyndham Championship, hosted
as early as 1938. A decorated brick wall sits behind the ninth green displays
every past champions name. Sedgefield is where Sam Snead won all eight of his
Greater Greensboro Open championships, a feat that stands as the PGA Tour
record for wins at one event.
The “Sweet Spot”
There is a specific location at Sedgefield Country Club
known as the “sweet spot”, where you can see the tee shots soaring down to the
fairway of No. 15 a par-4, the entire stretch from the teeing ground to the green
of No. 16 par-3, and the teeing ground of No. 17 are all in one place. Your
vision becomes like a panoramic view of the three holes of the back nine on the
beautiful Donald Ross designed course.
Throughout the week the action and competition moved from
outdoors to indoors thanks to a ping pong table. There, the FJ invitational
players were able to put their hand-eye coordination to the test. Their competitive
edge turned into a fun social activity for the juniors after their rounds of
golf. On Wednesday afternoon, the AJGA coordinated a ping pong tournament where
players gathered to compete for Titleist and FootJoy gifts. Benjamin Griffin
and Joshua Seiple finished first and second respectively.
Woke up late, still
Ben Schlottman of Advance, N.C., had a hectic first morning
at the FJ Invitational. Schlottman, who lives 45 minutes away from Sedgefield
Country Club forgot to set his alarm before the first round, and woke up a
little over an hour before his first tee time.
Schlottman rushed to the course, hit a couple of balls, took
two practice putts and scarfed down a Cliff Bar before teeing off.
He claims to have hit the ball worse than he had in a long
time, but his score of 2-under-par 68 didn’t reflect it. He’s not sure how he
went so low, but he did learn a lesson about checking his alarm.
“You don’t even want to know how early I’m going to set [the
alarm] tomorrow,” Schlottman said before Wednesday’s second round.”
Is that a Husky?
Many kids have interesting head covers for their drivers,
but perhaps no cover is more appropriate than Greenville, S.C., native Keenan
Huskey’s whose putter head cover is a husky to match his last name.
“It was a Christmas present from my uncle,” Huskey said. “He
said ‘Tiger has a Tiger so you should have a Husky.”
Often times at AJGA events interns, who are on the road for
12 weeks, stay with host families to break up the grind that comes from staying
at hotels and living out of a suitcase.
This week, interns Kyle Hinke and Chris Hummer stayed with
Nancy Mundorf during the week of the FJ Invitational. She was very kind in
opening her home to us, and even gave us a blast to the past, showing off some
bag tags from her son, Chris’s time with the AJGA.
They look a little different than today’s version, but it’s
awesome to see how long the AJGA, and its mission have been around. Mundorf’s son
went on to play at NC State and had a stint on the Nationwide Tour.
Matt Gilchrest of Southlake, Texas, and Carson Young of
Pendleton, S.C., played together every day of the FJ Invitational, going back
and forth for the lead every round.
While Gilchrest pulled away in the final round to win by
four strokes, both players give credit to the other for pushing them to go low.
“It’s nice to play with the person that’s in the lead
because you always know where you stand,” Gilchrest said.”