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Youth golf event here this weekend

September 22, 2004

The American Junior Golf Association will return to Black Rock Golf Course in Hagerstown this weekend for the fourth annual Ashworth Junior Tournament.

The 36-hole stroke play event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, featuring outstanding golfing talent from throughout the country.

"I believe they expect a field of 88 golfers," Black Rock Golf Course professional Darrell Whittington said this morning. "They will use Friday as a practice round, then play 36 holes of golf on Saturday and Sunday."

The Tri-State Junior Golf Association will be represented by three golfers: Kevin Reiber from Waynesboro, Pa., and Andrew Burke and Daryn Deshong from Chambersburg, Pa.

Designed to provide more playing opportunities to juniors who have not yet played in AJGA tournaments, the Ashworth Junior is one of eight events making up the AJGA's Ashworth Junior Series.

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Tournaments in the series serve as doorways into AJGA Open events as top finishers receive AJGA Performance-Based Entry tournament exemptions.

The tournament at Black Rock will award three AJGA Open tournament exemptions to the medalist(s), two to those who place in the top five and one to those who finish in the top 15.

In an effort to give the most playing opportunities to juniors, all Ashworth Junior Series events will not have a playoff to break ties.

The series was created specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.

Juniors ages 12-18 are eligible for entry into the boys-only events. For those who are eligible, participation is limited to one preseason event and one postseason event per calendar year as long as they have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event.

The Ashworth Junior here is one of three postseason events in the series with other tournaments taking place in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Norman, Okla.

The American Junior Golf Association is dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states, 30 foreign countries.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

For more information visit the AJGA Website at ajga.org.

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