Written by Caleb Barron and Colvin Hedgepeth
The 2012 FJ Invitational will mark the 11th playing of one of the AJGA’s most prestigious tournaments. For the fifth straight year, the event’s champion will be awarded a sponsor’s exemption to the Wyndham Championship (August 13-19). Here are thoughts from the first round at Cardinal Golf & Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.:
Atlantic Coast Contingent: 13 players in the field have made a commitment to play college golf in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wake Forest (Tanner Owen, Grayson Murray, Clancy Waugh) and North Carolina State (Chad Cox, Stanhope Johnson, Jake McBride) both have three future players in the field. Commitments from Florida State, North Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia are also represented.
McConnell Golf Volunteers: Even though the FJ Invitational is on a one-year hiatus from the Sedgefield Country Club, members of the club are still showing their support of the event. A joint-effort between Sedgefield and Cardinal Golf & Country Club members make up the event’s volunteer base, serving as host families, walking scorers and official timers.
First Tee Comes to FJ: Members of the First Tee of the Triad participated in the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament. Anthony Akins, Noah Dunn and Lindsey Ball competed on a team with the No. 1 golfer in the Polo Golf Junior Rankings, Shun Yat Hak. The team shot 9-under-par 61 in a shamble format.
Pictured above (from left to right): Anthony Akins, Shun Yat Hak, Noah Dunn and Lindsey Ball