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Top Finishers at Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Earn Exemptions Into Boys Junior PGA Championship

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (April 21, 2017) – PGA REACH and the Sage Valley Sports Foundation are excited to announce that the top two eligible finishers at the Junior Invitational will receive exemptions into the Boys Junior PGA Championship, which will be contested for the 42nd time July 31-August 3 at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri.

Since its birth in 2011, the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley has been modeled after the world’s best professional tournaments, inviting the 54 top-ranked junior golfers from around the globe. Its stringent invitation criteria have created an event with the toughest field in all of junior golf, which the WAGR recognizes by including it as a Category B event, the only junior tournament in the world to hold such a distinction. This year’s field includes contestants from 18 different countries – to compete for the Championship Trophy and its accompanying "Gold Jacket."

"Since the outset of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, we’ve been of the belief that winning here, on this golf course, is an elite accomplishment that should be recognized appropriately,"said Tom Wyatt, Chairman of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. "We are honored that the PGA of America recognized our commitment to the future of junior golf, and that after only seven years, provided us with these exemptions. We are delighted that our partnership provides an additional opportunity for players to measure their talents against the best that junior golf has to offer."

Begun in 1976, and conducted by the PGA of America, the Boys Junior PGA Championship is among the nation’s premier junior golf events. The Championship has served as a stepping stone for competitors to either collegiate and/or Tour professional careers. Past participants include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth.

Results from the Boys Junior PGA Championship have a significant influence on the composition of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, which competes against Europe’s top junior talents in the biennial Junior Ryder Cup, the most prestigious team event in junior golf.

"Sage Valley is one of golf’s special venues and the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley is an incredible junior event,"said Ryan Cannon, Senior Director of PGA REACH. "This partnership between PGA REACH and the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley reflects the PGA of America’s continued commitment to junior golf at every level and we’re honored to contribute to the event’s growth and success."

ABOUT PGA REACH

PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.

ABOUT THE JUNIOR INVITATIONAL

Since 2011, the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club has been recognized as the most competitive junior golf event in the world. The game’s top 54 players are invited to participate in a professionally styled event, where they have the opportunity to meet sponsors and NCAA coaches, while playing one of the country’s most exciting courses. The generous support of tournament sponsors allows players to attend at no personal cost for travel or accommodations, and has raised nearly $1.5 million for the First Tee chapters in Aiken and Augusta. Tournament organizers look forward to supporting additional children's charities which now includes the Press On Fund. The 2017 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club will be held April 20 – 22. For more information, visit www.juniorinvitational.com.