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Verbatim: Junior PGA tourney returns to Fort Wayne

Statement issued Tuesday:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. —The PGA of America announced today that the 36th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour will be held for a second consecutive year at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., August 2-5, 2011.

“Junior Golf is a vital part of The PGA of America and its 28,000 men and women professionals,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The Junior PGA Championship continues to provide the country’s top junior golfers a premier Championship and we look forward to another memorable year in 2011 as we return to Sycamore Hills Golf Club.”

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.

“Sycamore Hills was a great host in 2010 and we are happy to be back for a second consecutive year,” said Chris Childers, Junior Golf Manager for The PGA of America. “Both the club and the community of Fort Wayne were very inviting and the players got to experience a challenging and exciting course. We look forward to the 2011 Championship and know it will be as exciting as 2010.”

One of the finest golf clubs in the Midwest, Sycamore Hills opened its doors in 1989. The course is marked by generous fairways, peninsula greens, waste bunkers and white sand. Sycamore Hills is ranked No. 93 in Golf Digest’s "America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2009-10," and also ranks No. 63 on Golf Digest’s "Top 100 Greatest Practice Facilities for 2009-10."

“We are honored to have the Junior PGA Championship back and look forward to working with our community as we host the world-class junior golfers this event brings,” said Don Hunter, manager of Sycamore Hills Golf Club. “It is wonderful to bring together the great talent within our communities as we showcase Fort Wayne to the world.”

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), 2007 LPGA Rookie of the Year Angela Park (2004) and young phenom Alexis Thompson (2007, ’09).

The Championship is free and open to the public.

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 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.

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