IMG Academies Sponsor American Junior Golf Association

December 8, 2011

IMG Academies, one of the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institution, has announced its sponsorship of an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) preseason series.

The course is designed specifically for first-time AJGA members and those members who have not yet participated in or qualified for another AJGA event.

The IMG Golf Academy Preseason Series will include 10 events in 2012 and will offer 960 playing opportunities to aspiring junior golfers, ages 12-18. Participation for eligible juniors is limited to one IMG Golf Academy Preseason Series event per calendar year. Top finishers in the Preseason Series events will earn exemptions into select IMG Junior Golf Tour events. The IMG Junior Golf Tour is in its second season operating events on championship courses throughout the Southeast.

Jason Etzen, AJGA chief business officer, said: “The AJGA is very excited to team up with the IMG Golf Academy. The IMG Golf Academy Preseason Series will offer great playing opportunities to the AJGA’s first-time members.”

David Whelan, Director, IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy, added: “The IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy has long been dedicated to developing the complete player on and off the course. We consistently look for opportunities to support the development of talented juniors here on our campus and beyond. Sponsoring the IMG Golf Academy Preseason Series presents us with the unique opportunity to provide competitive playing opportunities to young players not only in our system, but throughout the country.”

The IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy, located in Bradenton, Fla., is one of the world’s leading development schools for the aspiring junior player. Student-athletes representing more than 40 nations call the IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy home, while countless professionals return for off-season training and pre-season preparation.

Over the years the Academy has helped students enroll in the nation’s top collegiate golf programs, while also producing amateur and professional champions, including current world No.1 female professional Yani Tseng, 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer, 2010 U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year Victoria Tanco and 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur champion Doris Chen.