Heather Farr Classic set for April 9 - 12

Longbow Golf Club to host junior event for sixth consecutive year

The Picturesque Longbow GCMESA, Ariz. – The Heather Farr Classic is set to tee off April 9 - 12 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. This top-tier national junior golf competition staged by the American Junior Golf Association will allow Arizona’s top junior golfers, ages 12-18, the opportunity to showcase their skills against the nation’s best players.

The Heather Farr Classic, a 54-hole stroke play competition, has been a mainstay on the AJGA schedule since 1999 when PGA Tour professional Hunter Mahan took home the trophy in the Boys Division. In total, 132 juniors will have the opportunity to compete during the Easter Weekend event.

This year’s tournament field will be filled through the AJGA’s Performance Based Entry system and will be officially announced March 6. Numerous spots will be held for those participating in a K12 Qualifier taking place at Longbow Golf Club Wednesday, April 8.

Historically, the event garners one of the strongest fields in junior golf, as evidenced by its impressive list of past champions. In addition to Mahan, LPGA standout Paula Creamer was victorious at the Heather Farr Classic in 2003 and 2004. Local players who have found themselves in the winner’s circle are Scottsdale-natives Amanda Blumenherst (2002), Drew Kittleson (2005) and Philip Francis (2006). In 2008, Trey Kaahanui of Tempe, Ariz., and Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz., took home top honors.

Player practice rounds will take place Thursday, April 9. A Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament will take place immediately following the morning practice round. All proceeds will benefit the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the AJGA Foundation. For information regarding the Junior-Am, please contact Jay Larscheid at Longbow Golf Club at (480) 807-5400 or visit www.longbowgolf.com.

Tournament play will begin Friday, April 10, and run through Sunday, April 12. An awards ceremony will immediately follow play April 12. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 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.

LPGA star Paula Creamer played and won, here in 2004AJGA 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.

For more information on the AJGA, please contact Ashley O’Dell (aodell@ajga.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1787 or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.

Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use commercial development that incorporates office, light industrial, retail and hotel uses surrounded by desert vegetation and a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Longbow Golf Club is home to a 7,003-yard Ken Kavanaugh-design that was recently ranked as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses in The Country” by Golfweek Magazine for 2009. Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, LLC is a Phoenix-based commercial real estate services company that provides investment, development and communications consulting to corporate real estate clients in Arizona and the Southwest. For more information about Longbow Golf Club visit www.longbowgolf.com, or call 480.807.5400.

Longbow Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 30 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management visit www.obsports.com or call 480.948.1300.


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