By Laney Mullaney and Sofia Pettersson, Communications Interns
New Era Cap Company Inc., who became the official hat of the AJGA in 2014, sponsored its first AJGA event last week at River Oaks Golf Club in Grand Island, New York. The company had a huge part in making the event a big success as New Era put together multiple teams for the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament and invited parents and players to the headquarters in downtown Buffalo for registration, meetings and dinner.
Darrell De Bey, Senior Director Global Licensing at New Era, spoke to the players during the Players Meeting. AJGA Code of Conduct normally does not allow guys to wear hats inside, but at the New Era headquarters an exception was made for the evening. De Bey encouraged the players to put on their new hats and wear them for the rest of the night.
River Oaks Golf Club was founded in 1972 and was the host to the LPGA TOUR in 1973 and 1974, but this was the first time it hosted an AJGA event.
Michael VanDerLaan of Southbury, Conn., and Katie Kim of Riverwoods, Ill., won their first AJGA championships at the New Era Junior Championship. The champions received an AJGA Champions hat sponsored by New Era and posed for a picture after the awards ceremony.