Highly-Ranked Circuit Returns to TPC Sawgrass, Sea Pines Resort
(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) - The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) -- one of the leading competitive circuits for elite golfers in grades 5-12 - today releases the fall 2012 schedule, including 16 events in seven U.S. states.
Headquartered on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT offers close to 50 two-and three-day events throughout the U.S. each year. IJGT members represent 45 U.S. states and 43 countries.
"The IJGT is the perfect environment for juniors to test their abilities against top-notch competition on premier golf courses," says Peter Orrell, President and CEO of Junior Sports Corporation, which owns and operates the IJGT. "To complement our three older divisions, we introduced the Discovery Tour last season for golfers as young as eight years old and the response has been very positive."
On Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23-25), more than 100 of the best junior golfers in the world will compete at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Participants will play both the world-renowned Stadium (host of the PGA TOUR's Players Championship) and Valley courses.
Dec. 8-9, the IJGT will host the 5th annual Hank Haney Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. Pete Dye's iconic Harbour Town Golf Links is home to the RBC Heritage each April.
For the fall season, the IJGT has added several new venues. They include Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.; past host of the NCAA Division I Men's National Championship and ranked in Golfweek's "Top 100 Resort Courses in America."
IJGT alumni include Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Paula Creamer and many other PGA and LPGA Tour players. Graduates of the IJGT's 2012 class will play at several top NCAA collegiate programs across the country: the University of South Carolina, Wake Forest University, Florida State University and University of Southern California, to name a few.
For more information about the IJGT or to become a member: www.IJGT.com
About Junior Sports Corporation
Located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, JSC owns and operates:
Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy (www.IJGA.com
) is the world's only academy to combine training, competition and academics for serious junior golfers. Director of Instruction Hank Haney - coach to winners of every major championship on the PGA Tour - and his elite staff train junior golfers from more than 27 countries across five continents.
The International Junior Golf Tour (www.IJGT.com
) hosts 60 tournaments annually and is the only junior golf tour with events every weekend during the September-to-May school year.
Established in May 2011, the Ivan Lendl Junior Tennis Academy (www.LendlTennis.com
) produces the finest tennis training and competition for junior students to ultimately reach the college or professional ranks. Ivan Lendl, former World No. 1 player and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, serves as Director of Instruction and is dedicated to the development of each junior tennis player.
Heritage Academy (www.HeritageHHI.com
) provides progressive, diverse academic instruction for students from grades five to 12 who pursue extra-curricular passions, such as golf at Hank Haney IJGA and tennis at Ivan Lendl IJTA.
Hilton Head Island is easily accessible by most major airlines through Hilton Head Island (HHI), Savannah (SAV), Charleston (CHS) and Columbia (CAE) airports.