The American Junior Golf Association tournament gives up-and-coming golfers keen competition as well as a scouting audience and the chance for college scholarships, says Dr. Jo Stegall, who has been chairman of the event most of its 15 years of existence.
But it helps other young people too as was in evidence Wednesday when Dee Yancey, president of tournament sponsor State Mutual Insurance, handed a $5,000 check to J.R. Davis, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Rome.
The nonprofit group was a new beneficiary of the 2011 tournament in addition to the mainstay Floyd County Junior Golf Association.
Tournament organizer Rocky Huffman said, “This is the first time we added the Boys & Girls Club as an additional beneficiary. We’re going to continue to do that.”
Stegall added that while the tournament’s main mission is helping young golfers, it’s a bonus that the tournament also benefits other youngsters.
“We have been honored to have this tournament the last 15 years and hope to continue it. Without people like Mr. Yancey, we wouldn’t be able to do this. We’re glad to be able to give back to the community.”
In gratitude, Davis responded, “This is great for the Boys & Girls Club. We could not accomplish what we do with the kids each day without the support of the community. We appreciate the AJGA and State Mutual Insurance for their support. We will use these funds to help kids reach their dreams.”