Local Junior Golfers To Play In Jerry Pate-Andrews Institute Southern Junior Golf Tournament
Nation’s best will play at Pensacola Country Club in Pensacola, FL
BRASELTON, GA and GULF BREEZE, FL (July 20, 2007) – For the second consecutive year, Jerry Pate, Andrews Institute and the American Junior Golf Association will combine efforts to bring the best junior golfers in the country to Pensacola, Fla., for the Jerry Pate/Andrews Institute Southern Junior July 23-26. The 54-hole event will be played at Pensacola Country Club and feature a field of 84 boy and girl junior golfers ages 12-18.
Thirty-six players in the field hail from the Sunshine state, including seven from the Pensacola area. The local juniors who will test themselves against players from as far away as California include Darren Chapman (Fort Walton Beach H.S.), Joey Fontenot (St. Paul’s Episcopal School), Grant McCormick (Gulf Breeze, H.S.), Blake Olson (Pensacola Catholic H.S.), Bobby Wyatt (UMS-Wright H.S.), Ana Garcia (Niceville, H.S.) and Haley Millsap (Pace H.S.).
The highest ranked player in the Girls Division is local Haley Millsap of Pace, Fla. Millsap started the 2007 season on a high note, finishing in the top-10 in her first two tournaments (first at the AJGA National Qualifier and seventh at the SAP Junior Open).
In the Boys Division, Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala. will look for his first AJGA title. Wyatt has four top-10 finishes in AJGA events including third-place at the 2007 Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan. Local player Blake Olson of Pensacola, Fla., is a relative newcomer to the AJGA, but has placed in the top-five at all three tournaments he has played so far in 2007. His best finish came at the Junior All-Star at PGA National where he placed second. A recent high school graduate, Darren Chapman of Destin, Fla., has played in AJGA events since 2004 and will go on to play golf for the University of Southern Mississippi.
The tournament practice round will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Monday, July 23. The first and second rounds will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24 and 25. The final round will take place Thursday, July 26. Tee times will run from 8 - 9:57 a.m. off the Nos. 1&10 tees all three days. The awards ceremony will take place immediately following the final round.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Home to a number of clinical departments, the 127,000-square-foot Andrews Institute provides convenience and improved continuum of care for patients. In addition to the AREI, services at the Institute include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, outpatient surgery and physician consultations. The complex is also home to Athletes’ Performance Florida and the Executive Physical Program.
There are more than 40 doctors at the Institute that provide consultations and surgery in the following medical specialties: ear, nose and throat; general surgery; neurosurgery; optometry; ophthalmology; orthopaedics; pain management; physical medicine; plastic surgery; podiatry; primary care sports medicine; radiology; retinal care; and vascular care.
The proximity of all these services allows the team of physicians at the Andrews Institute to provide proficient world-class care to the patients. Integration of clinical services is a key to providing care for the Institute patients, where the common services utilized to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries is networked together as a truly seamless experience for the patient.
About the American Junior Golf Association
The AJGA National Headquarters is located at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Georgia. The AJGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries. www.ajga.org
About the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Situated outside of Pensacola, Florida in Gulf Breeze, the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provides world-class care and service for the athlete in everyone. The one-of-a-kind center focuses on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries while using the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews, M.D. Dr. Andrews is best known as physician to some of sport’s greatest professional athletes.
The Andrews Institute is an affiliate of Baptist Health Care, located in Pensacola, Florida. Baptist Health Care is the proud recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s premier award for performance excellence and quality achievement. For six consecutive years, Baptist Health Care has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s Best Places to Work. It is the only locally owned health care system in Northwest Florida that has placed on the list that recognizes the nation’s most employee friendly organizations. www.ebaptisthealthcare.org