PGA National Resort & Spa to Host '09 Polo Golf Junior Classic

2009 Polo Golf Junior ChampionshipPGA National Resort & Spa will host the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic, the American Junior Golf Association has announced. In its 32nd year, the Polo Golf Junior Classic will bring 156 of the world's best junior golfers, ages 12-18, to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Nov. 21-27, 2009.

The Polo Golf Junior Classic is one of the most prestigious events on the AJGA schedule and will be played on both the Champion and Haig Courses at PGA National, home of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA).

The Champion Course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus and is know for the uber-difficult stretch from 15-17 known as the "Bear Trap," which annually tests the PGA Tour's best during the Honda Classic. The par-72 layout that plays to 7,048 yards has hosted a number of esteemed events through the years including the 1983 Ryder Cup, the 69th PGA Championship and the Honda Classic since 2007.

The Haig Course is a tribute to five-time PGA Champion Walter Hagen and was designed by George and Tom Fazio and plays to 6,806 yards.

The Bear Trap"Anytime the AJGA is able to play our championships on courses that have hosted such storied events, it's a great opportunity," said AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin. "We are looking forward to a great week of golf at PGA National."

"We are honored to be the new home of this prestigious junior golf event," said PGA National Resort & Spa VP and Managing Director Joel Paige. "Many of the toughest tournaments and most talented players in the game of golf have been part of PGA National's history. With year round mild weather and an extensive golf facility, including professional instruction and sports training, we think the Polo Golf Junior Classic will reach a new level of success in south Florida. I know we're thrilled to kick off what will surely be a productive and long-lasting relationship."

Former champions of the Polo Golf Junior Classic include Stewart Cink, Tiger Woods, Trevor Immelman, Hunter Mahan, Brian Harman, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Grace Park and Beth Bauer.

Denmark's Patrick Winther and Jung Min Lee of Seoul, South Korea, won the Boys and Girls Divisions respectively at the 2008 Polo Golf Junior Classic.

Madison Pressel during the 2008 Polo Junior Golf Classic

Winther used five birdies to defeat Brinson Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., 7 and 6, while Lee went 4-up after No. 6 and won over Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., 4 and 3.

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