News and Notes: AJGA Philadelphia Junior

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By Brittany Romano, Commuications Intern

 

Third time is the charm

The AJGA
returns to Huntingdon Valley Country Club for the third consecutive year to
host the AJGA Philadelphia Junior. Tournament Director, Matt Engel runs the
event again this year with the help of Tournament Chairman Bob O’Connor.

“It’s a great
golf course that makes for a great test of golf for the players.  It has been a privilege for the AJGA to play
at a facility like HVCC the last three years,” Engel said. “The members have
really taken on helping out at and supporting the event, which has been a great
help. I hope that we can continue with the event in the future.”

Defending his title:

Theo Humphrey
also returns to Huntingdon Valley Country Club to defend his title. At the 2012
tournament, Humphrey shot 69s all three rounds for a tournament total of
6-under-par 207. This year, Humphrey posted a first-round 1-over-par 71 followed
by a second-round even-par-70 and a final round 5-under-par 65 to win the
tournament.

 Since winning the Boys Division in 2012,
Humphrey has recorded four top-10 finishes. Humphrey recently participated in
the 2013 Wyndham Cup on the East team.  He plans to attend Vanderbilt University the
fall of 2014.

Theo Humphrey on no 9

The AJGA Philly Shootout

After a long
day of 36-holes, juniors headed out to the social activity Monday to try their
best at the AJGA Philly Shootout. Players competed in a closest-to-the-pin
contest from the No. 1 tee to No. 18 green. In the Girls Division, Amanda He of
Windermere, Fla., won the Shootout at 7-feet 4-inches. Jack Quirk of Glenside,
Pa., stuck it to 3-feet 4-inches to the flagstick to win in the Boys
Division.

Leading the field:

Four players
at the AJGA Philadelphia Junior participate in the Leadership Links program.
Jackie Rogowicz of Yardley, Pa., is one of those four. She is involved in
fundraising for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, a project that
she started over two years ago. She has since reached her goal.

Leadership Links is a program that allows the AJGA to further
its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving
skills and service-oriented practices at an early age.  This program gives
juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to
local charities and the AJGA youth development programs.