Entries accepted for Junior PGA event

The Aloha Section PGA is accepting registration applications for the 2007 Aloha Section Junior PGA Championship to be held at the Princeville Makai Course on June 28 and June 29. It will be the first time this statewide event is hosted at one location, as the Makai Course features a 9-hole and an 18-hole course that can be played simultaneously.

Ages 9 and up will play 18 holes per day. Those 8 and under will play 9 holes per day. The winners of the age 13 to 18 boys’ and girls’ divisions of the Aloha Section Junior PGA Championship qualify to join more than 150 of the nation’s top junior golfers in the PGA of America’s flagship junior event, the Westfield Junior PGA Championship, July 11 to July 14, at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio.

Also in conjunction with this event will be a PGA Play Golf America Day, which will be held on June 28 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Play Golf America Day is a fun-filled day of free golf activities, which will showcase the game of golf in a fun and relaxed atmosphere open to the public. There will be free instruction from top local PGA professionals, demo days, free food and drinks, contests, prizes and giveaways.

The 32nd national Westfield Junior PGA Championship is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, the winners of select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have not reached their 19th birthdays and who have not started college. Junior golfers who wish to enter the Aloha Section Junior PGA Championship can obtain entry applications at the Aloha Section PGA by calling 593-2230 (Neighbor Islands call toll free at 877-742-6248) or register online at the Aloha Section PGA Web site at www.aloha.pga.com. Entry fee is $35 for 12 and under and $50 for the 13 to 18 age division. Deadline for entries is June 20.

Only two juniors from Hawai‘i have been able to capture this national title — Stephanie Kono in 2005 at Westfield Group CC in Westfield Center, Ohio, and Reynold Lee in 1988 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors have gone on to successful professional careers.

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