Written by: Tim Hamilton
Lake Ontario separates Victor, N.Y., and Canada.
Ravenwood Golf Club is just underneath our neighbors to the north. This week’s
field features plenty of Canadian talent. There are 20 Canadians in this week’s
field. Nineteen of the competitors hail from the province of Ontario. The AJGA
typically has strong international fields, but this week the Canadian showing
is stronger than usual due to proximity. Last year’s Girls Division champion,
Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ontario is a current member of the Canadian
National Team. It’s fitting that this week’s tournament started the day after
Canada Day. Henderson also competed in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Golf Region –
This region has a busy summer filled with quality golf. The
Ravenwood Junior Championship is not the only big golf tournament this summer
in the western New York area. In a little over a month the PGA Championship
will be played at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY. Ravenwood Golf
Club is only 20 minutes from Oak Hill. The LPGA Championship is also played
every year in the town of Pittsford, N.Y., at Locust Hill Country Club. The
juniors will take care of business this week, the women professionals played in
June, and the men professionals will play Oak Hill in August. AJGA alumni will
do their best to win the PGA Championship next month, while current AJGA
juniors aspire to one day be in a PGA or LPGA Championship.
Final Round Fireworks –
This week’s final round will commence on America’s birthday.
Juniors will finish out their Ravenwood Junior Championship on Independence
Day. To celebrate, the tournament had planned for a fireworks celebration after
the first round. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled because of the weather,
but there will be plenty more fireworks all over the country the next few days.
Another special touch the tournament has done this week is put mini American flags next to the tee markers. Fourth of July is a day of celebration, and this
year one juniors holiday will be celebrated with an AJGA title.
In the spirit of Independence Day this week’s social
activity featured Ravenwood’s back porch. Not only were people eating
hamburgers and hot dogs, but they were playing golf. AJGA staff set up a
closest to the hole challenge where juniors hit off a mat on the deck to a hole
on the putting green. This was great fun for all competitors; juniors hit wedge
shots with music in the background. The turnout was great and Steven Altieri of
Skillman, N.J., won the competition after holing out the 58-yard shot. Jackie
Rogowicz of Yardley, Pa., won the Girls Division.