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Kristi Piepenbrink (left) and Julie Carmichael (right) look over the course at Sycamore Hills during the practice run for the USGA Women's State Team Championship on Sunday morning. The two will be representing Indiana.

Verbatim: Sycamore Hills seeks Jr. PGA Championship volunteers

Statement issued Thursday:

Sycamore Hills Golf Club is seeking volunteers for the Junior PGA Championship August 2-5, 2010. Volunteers are needed in many categories, including marshals, tour guides and scorers. Volunteers who work 15 hours or more over the event will be invited to an appreciation barbeque and golf outing September 19th at Sycamore Hills. There is a $50 fee to volunteer. All volunteers will receive a hat and shirt. Breakfast and lunch will also be available free of charge to all volunteers. Interested persons should go to www.regonline.com/jrpga or call Sycamore’s Junior PGA hotline at 260.625.4021. Junior golfers and high school golf team members are encouraged to volunteer and should call the hotline to sign up for special opportunities

Begun in 1976, The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally produced unforgettable golf performances and brings together the best junior golfers from around the country to compete for the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in the boys’ division and the Patty Berg Trophy in the girls’ division.

In 2009, Florida natives T.J. Vogel of Cooper City and Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs claimed the title in the boys’ and girls’ divisions, respectively. Thompson, who became the youngest winner of the Junior PGA Championship in 2007 at the age of 12, took home her second title.

The Junior PGA Championship has been a stepping stone for competitors to either collegiate or Tour professional careers. The list of past Champions includes some of the most prominent current Tour professionals: Billy Andrade (1981), Billy Mayfair (1982), 2001 PGA Champion David Toms (1984), Sean O’Hair (1998), 2007 U.S. Women’s Open Champion Cristie Kerr (1995), 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman (1996), Grace Park (1996), Aree Song (1999, 2000), In-Bee Park (2001, ’02) and 2007 LPGA Rookie of the Year Angela Park (2004). For more information on the Junior PGA Championship please visit: www.pgajuniorseries.com.

About Sycamore Hills

The Jack Nicklaus-designed Sycamore Hills Golf Club opened in 1989 and is one of the Midwest’s preeminent golfing venues. It has been named one of America’s top 100 courses more than 10 times by Golf Digest magazine, which has also twice named it the top course in Indiana. You can learn more about Sycamore Hills Golf Club online at www.sycamorehillsgolfclub.com.

About The PGA of America

Since 1916, The PGA of America’s mission has been twofold: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf. Visit www.pga.com or www.PlayGolfAmerica.com to learn more.

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