Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado set to gear up in a hurry as 2018 tournament season beginning
by Gary Baines
A Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado season that will last more than six months and feature almost 100 tournaments and more than two-dozen introductory member events will begin this weekend — weather-permitting, of course.
The third season of the JGAC will tee off Saturday and Sunday — assuming the weather cooperates — with a Spring Series tournament at Valley Hi Golf Course in Colorado Springs. There will be separate divisions for age groups 14-18, 11-13 and 10 & under.
Then the first JGAC Tour event — for the top junior golfers in Colorado — is scheduled for April 14-15 when the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs hosts a Spring JGAC Tour tournament.
As always, the highlights of the season for the top competitors will be the four JGAC majors, the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior, the Boys and Girls Junior Americas Cup, and the USGA qualifying tournaments and championships themselves.
The AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior, which features a field including national and international players plus plenty of Coloradans, will return to Walnut Creek Golf Preserve in Westminster, with the championship rounds set for June 5-7.
For the first time in 18 years, Colorado will be home to the Girls Junior Americas Cup, where many of the top players from the western U.S., Canada and Mexico will compete. Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen and the JGAC will host the event, with championship rounds scheduled for July 25-27. The boys JAC is set for July 24-26 in Anaconda, Mont.
And here’s the lineup for the four JGAC majors:
— June 11-13: Colorado Junior PGA Championship, Eisenhower GC Blue Course in Colorado Springs.
— July 9-11: Colorado Junior Amateur, Todd Creek GC in Thornton.
— July 30-Aug. 1: Colorado Junior Match Play, Plum Creek GC in Castle Rock.
— Oct. 6-7: JGAC Tour Championship, Denver Country Club.
As for USGA championship qualifying, both the qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior are scheduled for June 26, with the boys at Buffalo Run in Commerce City and the girls at Colorado National in Erie.
Both of the JGAC Players of the Year are set to return this summer, with Davis Bryant of Aurora and Hailey Schalk of Erie gearing up for another big year.
To access the full schedule for the 2018 JGAC tournament season, CLICK HERE.
Meanwhile, for JGAC introductory members, there will be six JGAC Experience events that will give kids a taste for different aspects of the game while providing professional instruction. There will also be 9-Hole Play Days from late May to late July. For the dates of those events, CLICK HERE.
There will also be Drive, Chip & Putt competitions, PGA Junior League, and many other events and activities. To go to the JGAC website, CLICK HERE.