by: Stephanie Dittmer and Jessica Souto, AJGA Communications
The Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star is a 54-hole stroke play event at WindStone Golf Club in Ringgold, Ga. The tournament field includes 96 players from 20 states and three countries.
RETURN TO RINGGOLD: The 2012 event marks the 10th year the AJGA has had an event in Ringgold, Ga.
CROSSING STATE LINES: It’s not every day that you can visit two states during one round of golf. The WindStone Golf Club has parts that are in Georgia as well as Tennessee.
“RING, RING!”: Players will see unusual tee markers at the No. 1 tee. Ringgold Telephone Company, a tournament title partner, supplied telephones for the first tee.
FROM ALL CORNERS: The 96-player field includes participants from 20 states as well as from Mexico and Canada. There are also players in the field that call Japan, Colombia, Switzerland and China home.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Assistant Tournament Chairman Tommy Holcombe celebrated his birthday in style. AJGA staff members decorated his golf cart with streamers and balloons.
LEADERSHIP LINKS: Jake DeZoort and Jordan Daniel are both apart of the Leadership Links program. They have been raising money for CureSearch for children’s cancer.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Janet Mao of Johns Creek, Ga., won the 2011 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star with a 6-over-par 216. She is back in the field for 2012.
GETTING SOCIAL: Participants were able to take part in a series of activities after the first round that included a lob shot, a closest to the hole and a marshmallow long drive contest. Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., earned a gift card for his division-winning performance.