For the first time Montana will be host to some of the best junior golfers in the region. The American Junior Golf Association calls it an event to highlight young golfers from an underserved area for national junior golf.
To Aaron Pohle, the golf coach at Rocky Mountain College, the AJGA Junior tournament at Big Sky Resort is a huge opportunity not only for Montana golf but for young Montana golfers who don’t always get to showcase their skills to college golf coaches.
“Its tough to get to get recruited in Montana just because of our location,” said Pohle.” It’s a great opportunity to play for them to play other players outside of our state and garnish a lot of attention from college coaches around the country and give them opportunities just like any other player should get.”
It is an event that will showcase some of the best players and it gives credibility to Montana kids, says Nick Dietzen, Marketing and Communications Director with the Montana State Golf Association.
“Any opportunity our juniors have to showcase their skills in a good completion with solid competitors is a great opportunity,” Dietzen said, “and the more that we have in our geographic region the better for attendance and visibility and that’s great for Montana golfers.”
The event over the Labor Day weekend is a 54-hole stroke-play event for 78 boys and girls. It tournament will be open to junior golfers ages 12-18 as part of the AJGA’s Open, but a portion of the field will be reserved for Montana junior golfers.