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Published: 04/05/2010
Dana Lehner Sun Country PGA w: 505-867-0864 c: 505-228-1005

Junior America's Cup to Tee Off in the Land of Enchantment

Prestigious National Junior Tournament set to be hosted in the Duke City
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (April 5, 2010) -- The 38th Annual Junior America’s Cup will be held July 27-29 at the Isleta Eagle Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M. Both the Sun Country PGA and the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association will be hosting the event which includes representatives and teams from 17 different golf associations and PGA Sections throughout the western parts of Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

The event is a team competition featuring four-man teams facing off in stroke-play competitions while representing their Association or Section. In years past, the Cup has seen names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, and Peter Jacobsen play in its annual tournament just to name a few and has become a hot-spot for college golf coaches to do their summer recruiting.

“We are honored to be able to host an event of this magnitude in Albuquerque”, said SCAGA Executive Director Matt Williams. Our long-term goal is to market Albuquerque, New Mexico and our entire Section as a National golfing destination for the recreational golfer and the tournament golfer. Showing the country our facilities, our hospitality and our great weather on a national stage like this can only enhance our already growing reputation.”

This years’ competition will be held at the renowned Isleta Eagle Golf Course. The Junior America’s Cup will join the already distinguished list of events hosted by Isleta including the NAIA National Championship, U.S. Open qualifiers, several Sun Country PGA Championships and the New Mexico Open on multiple occasions.

The Junior America’s Cup is a tradition that began in 1959 with representatives from junior golf associations in Mexico, Alberta, and Southern California. The three groups brought five participants each to play in a stroke-play team tournament that was unlike any tournament previously available to the junior golfer. The Cup expanded to eleven teams in 1972 with British Columbia, Idaho, Mexico, Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Washington and Utah joining. Since 1974 six other junior golf associations have joined the Junior America’s Cup including Arizona, Hawaii, Colorado, the Sun Country, Montana, and finally Wyoming who joined in 2001.

2010 will mark the second time that New Mexico will have hosted the Junior America’s Cup after a stop at Tanoan Country Club in 1993. The event and all of its participants will be open to all members of the media.

Schedule of Events:
Monday, July 26 Practice Round
Opening Ceremonies
Tuesday, July 27 First Round
Wednesday, July 28 Second Round
Thursday, July 29 Final Round
The Sun Country Section PGA was established in 1974 as one of the 41 Sections that make up the Professional Golfers Association of America. The Section (the state of New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas) is made up of more than 200 PGA Members and Apprentices. The mission of the Section is to promote participation and enjoyment in the game of golf for all levels of golfers. Many current PGA Professionals have been associated with the Sun Country Section including PGA Tour Players Notah Begay III, Lee Trevino and Rich Beem to name a few.
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