Junior Golf Alliance recently partnered with the Volunteers of America Classic
to give junior girls a chance to qualify for an LPGA tournament. Scheduled for
Sept. 4-6, the 16-player match play qualifier will be played at the same site
of the VOA Classic, Old American Golf Club in The Colony.
“One of our
goals as an event is to impact the community in a meaningful way,” Octagon
Senior Sales Director Brooke Lee said. “Allowing junior golfers from all
over the region an opportunity to compete and win a spot into our tournament
will continue to promote women’s golf in a positive light.”
of America Classic Girls’ Match Play Championship is for elite junior girls who
will graduate high school no earlier than 2021. Players earn exemptions into
the championship based on their performance throughout Texas Junior Golf
Alliance events in 2020. The number of exemptions are divided among the
Alliance partners as follows: seven from the Legends Junior Tour, four from the
Northern Texas PGA’s All American Tour, four from the Southern Texas PGA’s
Prestige Tour and one from the Houston Golf Association’s Performance Series.
exemptions include the winners of the Texas Girls’ Invitational (Ashley Yen), Lanny
Wadkins Junior Championship on June 29-30 (TBD), Texas Junior Amateur on July
27-29 (TBD), George Hannon Junior Invitational on August 10-11 (TBD) and the
top three players not already exempt on the Player of the Year Standings.
The NTPGA exemptions include the champions of The Challenge at The Tribute on June 8-9 (TBD), #WHOSNEXT Championship on June 15-16 (TBD), Fort Worth Junior Open on June 29-30 and the Azalea Trail Junior Classic on July 20-21.
“As a junior
golfer, to have an opportunity to qualify and compete in an LPGA event in your
home state is a bucket list item,” NTPGA Executive Director Mark Harrison said.
“Every young lady who plays junior golf in Texas on the
All American Tour, Prestige Tour or Legends Junior Tour should aspire to try
and qualify to compete in the Volunteers of America Classic Girls' Match Play
The STPGA exemptions include the champions of the Girls Junior PGA Championship Qualifier on June 8-9, Mid-Summer Showcase on June 22-23, Aggieland Classic on July 12-14 and Shootout in the Hills on July 20-21.
“We are always focused on providing our junior golf members
a roadmap but more importantly unique opportunities to play at the next level,”
STPGA Executive Director Thomas Hutton said. “An exemption like this will
clearly motivate young ladies to work on their game and gain
valuable experience within our programs.”
The HGA exemption will be extended to
the winner of the Eddie Burke Sr. Young Houstonian on June 23-25 at Cypresswood
Golf Club in Spring.
single-elimination bracket will be formed by a random drawing conducted at the player’s
dinner on Thursday, Sept. 3. The seven LJT qualifiers and HGA qualifier will be
selected to fill one side of the 16-player bracket, while the four NTPGA and four
STPGA qualifiers will fill out the other side of the bracket.
The first two
rounds of the VOA Classic Girls’ Match Play Championship will be played on
Sept. 4. The semifinal matches will take place the next day, and the Sept. 6 championship
match will determine the LPGA exemption.
“The VOA Classic
Girls’ Match Play Championship delivers on our vision of providing Texans with
opportunities for world-class competition in their home state,” TGA Executive
Director Stacy Dennis said. “Providing our juniors with an opportunity to
experience an LPGA event is a unique opportunity to help inspire our players.”
years, the Texas Junior Golf Alliance has produced many professional female
golfers. Last year’s Volunteers of
America Classic Champion, Cheyenne Knight of Aledo, played on the NTPGA All American
Tour and was a two-time LJT champion. Other Texas Junior Golf Alliance alumna
include two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, Kristen Gillman of Austin, and 12-time
LPGA winner Stacy Lewis of The Woodlands.
Junior Golf Alliance extends its sincere appreciation to the Volunteers of
America Classic for partnering to give these female junior golfers a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Texas Junior Golf Alliance prides itself on
growing the game and promoting women’s golf.
Volunteers of America Classic is excited to reward a young female athlete with
the opportunity to play in a professional LPGA event and watch them learn from
their experiences at our event,” Lee said. “We hope this will leave an
everlasting impact on this young player and help them stay focused on their
Volunteers of America Classic will be played one month after the qualifier at
Old American Golf Club on Oct. 1-4. For more information on the VOA Classic Girls’
Match Play Championship, click here.
About the Texas Junior Golf Alliance: Formed in 2012, the Texas
Junior Golf Alliance is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association,
Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The ongoing
mission of the partnership is to provide junior golfers a clear path to the
best tournaments in Texas. In the Alliance, each of the three tier-two
organizations (STPGA, NTPGA, HGA) run events that serve as qualifiers into the
statewide tier-one events conducted by the TGA’s Legends Junior Tour, including
the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Cup Invitational,
Texas Girls’ Invitational and the Texas Junior Amateur.