The Aspen Junior Golf Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event at the Aspen Golf Club in Aspen, Colo. The tournament field consists of 24 girls and 72 boys, ages 12-18, from Canada and 11 states, including 24 from Colorado.
LONG STANDING TRADITION: This year’s Aspen Junior Golf Classic marks the 20th year that the Aspen Golf Club has hosted the AJGA event. Past champions include Paula Creamer (2001), Amanda Blumenherst (2002) and Hank Kuehne (1993).
RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Both Cristian DiMarco and James Leadbetter are competing in the open championship. DiMarco is the son of PGA professional Chris DiMarco, while Leadbetter is the son of David Leadbetter, who is known worldwide for his golf instruction, with 28 golf academies in 13 countries.
PICTURE PERFECT: International award-winning photojournalist Rich Addicks, father of the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier winner and Aspen Junior Golf Classic entrant Dorsey Addicks, has been in attendance throughout the events duration. Addicks, who has 30-plus years of media experience, has had multiple works submitted to the Pulitzer Prize competition, and in 1998 won 1st place for general news at the World Press Photo Competition.
A LITTLE PLACE CALLED ASPEN: A few facts for the curious - The elevation of Aspen is 7,890 feet, which is the equivalent of almost five and a half Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other. For the past ten years the Winter X Games have been held adjacent to the Aspen Golf Club on Buttermilk Mountain. In the winter, Aspen averages 300 inches of snow. In the summer, Aspen has an average temperature of 79 degrees.
By James Millard