Doin’ the Charleston: Beth Daniel Junior Azalea hosts players, families
Posted 7/2/2013 10:51:00 AM
As the nation’s premier vacation destination, according to Conde Nast and other publications, Charleston has a reputation of offering fun and entertainment for every age group and every interest. This August, the Holy City will also play host to some of the nation’s top junior golfers – and their families.
The Beth Daniel Junior Azalea
, hosted by the LPGA Hall of Famer and Charleston native, will take place Aug. 6-7 – this year at the Golf Club at Briars Creek on nearby Johns Island, in order to avoid conflict with the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship being staged the same week at the Country Club of Charleston, the Junior Azalea’s traditional home.
The tournament is “designed to showcase Charleston’s hospitality for the top juniors in the country,” according to tournament officials. Players will have “the opportunity to showcase their talent on a national stage in this long-running event.”
The Junior Azalea is indeed a big deal in junior golf, with college coaches invited to attend and results of the competition being published by Golf Week magazine and the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. The tournament is also a part of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Performance Based Entry program.
Approximately 80 players will be selected for the tournament field. Among those exempt into the field: the top 10 boys and girls from the 2012 Junior Azalea; USGA Junior Championship qualifiers from all states, as well as alternates from the two Carolinas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Virginia; and top-five finishers from state or regional golf associations. At-large spots will come from national and state rankings.
Also, this year’s winners (boys and girls) will be exempt into the 2014 Sea Pines Junior Heritage at Hilton Head Island.
Applications are now available and entry deadline is July 24. For information and/or to apply, contact the S.C. Junior Golf Association at (803) 732-9311 or click here