News and Notes: Sunriver Junior Open

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By Jenni Gallimore, AJGA Communications Intern

Five-time host

Sunriver Resort in
Sunriver, Ore., has opened their doors to the AJGA for the fifth time. The
two-time host of the Rolex Tournament of Champions in 2004 and 2011 was flooded
with juniors during the final week of August for the Sunriver Junior Open.

Course scene, blog

Returning Champion

Fresh off back-to-back
wins at the IZOD AJGA Championship and the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau
Junior Open, Marianne Li of Bellevue, Wash., returned to Sunriver this year in
attempts to reclaim her victory. In the 2012 Sunriver Junior Open, Li was named
champion in the Girls Division after finishing with a tournament total
4-under-par 209.

Presence of Excellence

The 46th
PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz USA
and OMEGA held in June of this year marked the third visit to Sunriver Resort
by The PGA of America’s showcase event for PGA Professionals. Ranked at No. 17
of America’s Best Residential Golf Courses by Golfweek and one of America’s Top 100 Modern Courses by Golfweek Magazine, the Crosswater Course
at Sunriver is filled with challenging holes and beautiful views. The gracious Sunriver
staff was generous enough to open three tee times for the AJGA staff to have
the opportunity to play after a set-up day.

Meesh jag

Five

K-9 Staff

The maintenance
staff at Sunriver has a few extra employees to help with their daily responsibilities.
Three of the staff members have dogs that have been trained to behave
themselves on the course and help out. Ryan Wulff, the superintendent at the
Meadows Course, and his dog Marley ride the course together in the mornings.
Marley started riding with Ryan every day to help get geese off the course.
Marley is so well trained that he won’t leave the cart until called or signaled
by Ryan. The dogs help the staff with their morning duties and provide smiles
for those guests who pass them as they play.