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2012 Junior Ryder Cup

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Shelton looks to cap impressive year with successful Junior Ryder Cup

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — It’s been quite a year for Alabama native and top-ranked junior golfer Robby Shelton.

The 16-year-old from Wilmer, Ala., followed up an impressive performance at the summer’s premier junior championship, the 37th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage Food Service Group, with a victory in the 2012 Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

“I guess I’m on a hot streak right now or something,” Shelton said after his victory at the Junior Players. “Going into this tournament, you know you’re one of the top juniors in the world, so it feels great to win.”

His three-stroke victory in the 2012 Junior PGA Championship included a Sycamore Hills Golf Club course-record 8-under-par 64 in the third round.

“I am lucky to have won the [Junior PGA] Championship,” said Shelton. “It is the biggest win of my career and feels so amazing.”

He hopes his exemplary play in 2012 continues into late September at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, when a group of 12 junior golfers from the United States host their European counterparts in the 8th Junior Ryder Cup, Sept. 24-25, at the Club’s South Course.

“I have never been on a team like that before and just to have a spot on that team is great,” said Shelton. “It will be a huge honor and something I will never forget.”

The Junior Ryder Cup competition features one day of six foursome matches (three boys’ matches and three girls’ matches) in the morning, same day of six mixed four-ball matches in the afternoon and one final day of singles matches involving all 12 members of each team.

Participants in the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup will also play a “Friendship” Match on Sept. 26, at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, site of the 39th Ryder Cup.

The match will feature a combined mixed four-ball, with six groupings of four players that includes one girl and one boy from both Europe and the United States. The teams will play a composite course of ten total holes, blending both front-nine and back-nine holes.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. 

The PGA of America, IMG extend multi-year international TV broadcast rights

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The PGA of America and IMG Media, a business of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, have extended their partnership—which dates back more than 25 years—with a new multi-year agreement that grants IMG Media exclusive international broadcast rights for the PGA Championship; Ryder Cup when hosted in the United States; and Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid through 2016. IMG Media will also continue to produce the “Official Highlight Video” of the PGA Championship during this term.

The contract enables IMG Media, which is the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming, to distribute this month’s Ryder Cup, the week of Sept. 25-30, to more than 140 additional countries and territories outside of the United States, United Kingdom and Continental Europe. This widespread audience reach demonstrates the amount of international demand and interest there is in the Ryder Cup—and the game of golf—from sports fans worldwide, which extends well beyond the countries participating in the game’s pre-eminent event.

“The PGA of America is delighted to continue our partnership with IMG Media, which dates back to the late 1980s,” said Kevin Carter, senior director for business development at The PGA of America. “The global demand for golf programming continues to grow significantly, and the amount of interest in the Ryder Cup from sports fans around the world is both impressive and unprecedented.”

“The relationship between The PGA of America and IMG Media over these many years has been a partnership in the truest sense of the word,” said Peter Smith, senior vice president, director of international sales, IMG Media. “I could not be more pleased that we have extended our relationship with this tremendous organization for a further term.”

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About IMG
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in more than 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College is the leader in collegiate marketing, licensing and media rights. IMG’s Joint Ventures, IMG Reliance, IMX, IMG CCTV and IMG Dogus, in the emerging markets of India, Brazil, China and Turkey, offer the company significant long-term growth opportunities. IMG Media is the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming. IMG Events and Federations owns and manages some of the most sought after events and includes long standing associations with the world’s most important sports organizations, leagues, and federations. IMG Fashion owns and operates fashion events around the world and IMG Models represents the world’s top models and leading designers. IMG Art+Commerce represents the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists.

For the past 50 years, IMG Clients has been the global leader in talent representation, including over 1,000 elite athletes, coaches, industry executives and prestigious sports organizations across the sports, entertainment, fashion and media industries. IMG Academies is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational facility delivering sports training experiences to more than 12,000 dedicated athletes from approximately 80 countries every year. IMG Consulting connects many of the world’s leading brands with consumers through access to unique sports and entertainment properties. IMG Licensing is considered one of the premier independent licensing companies in the sports, fashion and media world.

Founded in 1960 with a handshake between Mark McCormack and golf legend Arnold Palmer, IMG has grown into a global operation. In 2004, renowned entrepreneurial pioneer Ted Forstmann acquired the company and infused it with renewed energy, creativity, and strategic direction. 

California captures first PGA Junior League Championship

CHICAGO, Ill. — Just a week before the 39th Ryder Cup will be contested in the Chicago area, a group of junior golfers from California (San Francisco) won the first-ever PGA Junior League Golf Championship at Cog Hill Golf Country Club Sunday (Sept. 16).

California was the only undefeated team in the two-day, three-match Championship with teams from Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Texas and Illinois also competing. The Final saw two undefeated teams playing for the Championship, with California besting Georgia 8.5 – 3.5.

“We offer congratulations to not only the team from California but to all of the teams,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The PGA of America is proud to bring this recreational youth sports team concept to golf. This was an incredible finale to a great first year, and we look forward to engaging many more young golfers next year.”

Coordinated by The PGA of America and LEJ Sports, PGA Junior League Golf (www.PGAJrLeagueGolf.com) is a new team concept for aspiring young golfers, ages 7-13, similar to “Little League Baseball.” More than 1,800 children competed on more than 120 teams from 22 markets in league play this summer. Five Regional champions, plus the Illinois team (host market), advanced to the championship.

Each team played three head-to-head matches with the Championship decided by the team with the best overall record:

Champion: California (San Francisco) 3-0
2nd Georgia (Atlanta) 2-1
3rd Texas (Houston) 2-1
4th Florida (Boca Raton) 1-2
5th Illinois (Chicago) 1-2
6th New Jersey 0-3
Captain Andy Nisbet, PGA 29 Points
Captain Chuck Scoggins, PGA 23 Points
Captain Aurora Kirchner-McClain, PGA 18 Points
Captain Roger Van Dyke, PGA 19.5 Points
Captain Dennis Johnsen, PGA 11.5 Points
Captain Bill Fox, PGA 7 Points

The concept brings players together to learn the game among their peers under the direction of PGA/LPGA Professionals (team captains). Parents play an active role, making the program a family activity to create another generation of players to enjoy the game. No previous playing experience is required and players of varied skill levels filled out the teams. Matches are coed, two-person scrambles, reinforcing the team concept and limiting the pressure on any one player. Much like other league sports, participants play in team uniforms with jersey numbers. The program will be available nationally in 2013. 

California captures first PGA Junior League Championship

CHICAGO, Ill. — Just a week before the 39th Ryder Cup will be contested in the Chicago area, a group of junior golfers from California (San Francisco) won the first-ever PGA Junior League Golf Championship at Cog Hill Golf Country Club Sunday (Sept. 16).

California was the only undefeated team in the two-day, three-match Championship with teams from Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Texas and Illinois also competing. The Final saw two undefeated teams playing for the Championship, with California besting Georgia 8.5 – 3.5.

“We offer congratulations to not only the team from California but to all of the teams,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The PGA of America is proud to bring this recreational youth sports team concept to golf. This was an incredible finale to a great first year, and we look forward to engaging many more young golfers next year.”

Coordinated by The PGA of America and LEJ Sports, PGA Junior League Golf (www.PGAJrLeagueGolf.com) is a new team concept for aspiring young golfers, ages 7-13, similar to “Little League Baseball.” More than 1,800 children competed on more than 120 teams from 22 markets in league play this summer. Five Regional champions, plus the Illinois team (host market), advanced to the championship.

Each team played three head-to-head matches with the Championship decided by the team with the best overall record:

Champion: California (San Francisco) 3-0
2nd Georgia (Atlanta) 2-1
3rd Texas (Houston) 2-1
4th Florida (Boca Raton) 1-2
5th Illinois (Chicago) 1-2
6th New Jersey 0-3
Captain Andy Nisbet, PGA 29 Points
Captain Chuck Scoggins, PGA 23 Points
Captain Aurora Kirchner-McClain, PGA 18 Points
Captain Roger Van Dyke, PGA 19.5 Points
Captain Dennis Johnsen, PGA 11.5 Points
Captain Bill Fox, PGA 7 Points

The concept brings players together to learn the game among their peers under the direction of PGA/LPGA Professionals (team captains). Parents play an active role, making the program a family activity to create another generation of players to enjoy the game. No previous playing experience is required and players of varied skill levels filled out the teams. Matches are coed, two-person scrambles, reinforcing the team concept and limiting the pressure on any one player. Much like other league sports, participants play in team uniforms with jersey numbers. The program will be available nationally in 2013. 

Six teams prepare to compete for first PGA Junior League Championship

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Six teams of kids ages seven to 13 will be competing for the first-ever PGA Junior League Golf Championship at Cog Hill Golf Country Club outside of Chicago, Sept. 14-16. Teams from Atlanta, Boca Raton, Houston, San Francisco, Western New Jersey and the home city of Chicago will play a series of 9-hole matches to determine the champion.

Coordinated by The PGA of America and LEJ Sports, the PGA Junior League Golf is a new team concept for aspiring young golfers, similar to “Little League Baseball.” More than 1,800 children competed on more than 120 teams from 22 markets participating in league play throughout June and early July. Following the regular season, teams competed in City Championships and then Regional Championships. The five Regional champions, plus the team from Chicago, will compete for the championship two weeks prior to the Ryder Cup.

“Just as the world’s best players are gathering in Chicago to compete for the Ryder Cup, a great group of junior players of all skill levels will be coming together to crown a champion at the junior level,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The PGA is dedicated to growing the game and we are proud to implement a team concept for kids just like soccer, baseball and other sports. This type of program goes a long way toward getting more families involved in golf.”

The teams will arrive at Cog Hill for a practice round on Friday, Sept. 14. They have been divided into an East Conference (Atlanta, Boca Raton, New Jersey) and West Conference (Chicago, Houston, San Francisco) with teams playing two matches within their conference on Saturday, Sept. 15, and one inter-conference match on Sunday, Sept. 16. They play 9-hole matches with points awarded based on number of holes won. Coaches can substitute players every three holes ensuring all team members play. The championship trophy will be awarded at a closing ceremony following play on Sunday.

“This championship is the culmination of a great first year,” said Wronowski. “We certainly salute the players and their families for their success. We have built a great foundation for the PGA Junior League Golf and expect to see incremental growth in this program in the years to come as more and more parents and kids discover golf as a great team sport and family activity.”

PGA Junior League Golf is designed to bring young players together to learn the game among their peers and under the direction of PGA/LPGA Professionals serving as team captains. Parents are also encouraged to play an active role in the administration of matches and leagues, making the Junior League program a family activity with the capability to create another generation of players to enjoy the game. No previous playing experience is required and players of varied skill levels filled out the teams.

PGA Junior League Golf allows young golfers to enjoy the bonding associated with team sports without losing the competitiveness of a structured league environment. Much like other league sports, PGA Junior League Golf participants receive team uniforms with jersey numbers. Matches are coed, two-person scrambles, which reinforces the team concept and limits the pressure on any one player.

The program will be available nationally in 2013, giving facilities across the country the chance to host a PGA Junior League team. For more information on PGA Junior League Golf, visit www.pgajrleaguegolf.com.

LEJ Sports, based in Norcross, Ga., has a history of creating, implementing national grassroots initiatives that drive youth and family engagement with major sports organizations such as The PGA of America. Some of these include Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit Run, Junior NBA/Junior WNBA Skills Challenge, iHoops Skills Challenge, Junior Olympic Skills Competition, and NBA All-Star Gatorade Jam Session Invitational.

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. 

Six teams prepare to compete for first PGA Junior League Championship

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Six teams of kids ages seven to 13 will be competing for the first-ever PGA Junior League Golf Championship at Cog Hill Golf Country Club outside of Chicago, Sept. 14-16. Teams from Atlanta, Boca Raton, Houston, San Francisco, Western New Jersey and the home city of Chicago will play a series of 9-hole matches to determine the champion.

Coordinated by The PGA of America and LEJ Sports, the PGA Junior League Golf is a new team concept for aspiring young golfers, similar to “Little League Baseball.” More than 1,800 children competed on more than 120 teams from 22 markets participating in league play throughout June and early July. Following the regular season, teams competed in City Championships and then Regional Championships. The five Regional champions, plus the team from Chicago, will compete for the championship two weeks prior to the Ryder Cup.

“Just as the world’s best players are gathering in Chicago to compete for the Ryder Cup, a great group of junior players of all skill levels will be coming together to crown a champion at the junior level,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The PGA is dedicated to growing the game and we are proud to implement a team concept for kids just like soccer, baseball and other sports. This type of program goes a long way toward getting more families involved in golf.”

The teams will arrive at Cog Hill for a practice round on Friday, Sept. 14. They have been divided into an East Conference (Atlanta, Boca Raton, New Jersey) and West Conference (Chicago, Houston, San Francisco) with teams playing two matches within their conference on Saturday, Sept. 15, and one inter-conference match on Sunday, Sept. 16. They play 9-hole matches with points awarded based on number of holes won. Coaches can substitute players every three holes ensuring all team members play. The championship trophy will be awarded at a closing ceremony following play on Sunday.

“This championship is the culmination of a great first year,” said Wronowski. “We certainly salute the players and their families for their success. We have built a great foundation for the PGA Junior League Golf and expect to see incremental growth in this program in the years to come as more and more parents and kids discover golf as a great team sport and family activity.”

PGA Junior League Golf is designed to bring young players together to learn the game among their peers and under the direction of PGA/LPGA Professionals serving as team captains. Parents are also encouraged to play an active role in the administration of matches and leagues, making the Junior League program a family activity with the capability to create another generation of players to enjoy the game. No previous playing experience is required and players of varied skill levels filled out the teams.

PGA Junior League Golf allows young golfers to enjoy the bonding associated with team sports without losing the competitiveness of a structured league environment. Much like other league sports, PGA Junior League Golf participants receive team uniforms with jersey numbers. Matches are coed, two-person scrambles, which reinforces the team concept and limits the pressure on any one player.

The program will be available nationally in 2013, giving facilities across the country the chance to host a PGA Junior League team. For more information on PGA Junior League Golf, visit www.pgajrleaguegolf.com.

LEJ Sports, based in Norcross, Ga., has a history of creating, implementing national grassroots initiatives that drive youth and family engagement with major sports organizations such as The PGA of America. Some of these include Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit Run, Junior NBA/Junior WNBA Skills Challenge, iHoops Skills Challenge, Junior Olympic Skills Competition, and NBA All-Star Gatorade Jam Session Invitational.

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.