By Sydney Brunelle and Sydnee Mack, AJGA Communications
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lockton Kansas City Junior is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-70, Mission Hills Country Club. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 19 states and one country. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,368 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,659 yards.
RECORD-BREAKING SCORES: Seriously. Jordan Lippetz of Bradenton, Fla., broke the women’s course record at Mission Hills Country Club after her second round. She carded a 4-under-par 66 and boasted five birdies. She is tied for the Girls-Division lead as she heads into the final round.
‘PHIL’ANTHROPIC EFFORTS: The Lockton Kansas City Junior has partnered this year with a second local charity. In addition to the First Tee of Kansas City the Kansas Golf Foundation (KGF) was also added as a beneficiary of the event, to further the AJGA’s mission of developing the next generation of golf. All of the proceeds from this event are shared between the two participating charities as well as the AJGA.
The KGF is a tax-exempt charitable affiliate of the Kansas Golf Association whose mission is to Promote the Future and Preserve the History of Golf in Kansas. To accomplish this mission, the KGF awards college scholarships through the Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship and operates the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame.
This is the first year that the Kansas City Golf Foundation has been involved with the AJGA but their presence has definitely been present all throughout the event this week at Mission Hills Country Club. The Senior Rules Official for the week was Phil Miller who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Golf Foundation and Bryan Norton, who is the President of the foundation, is also an employee at Lockton, the tournament’s title sponsor. The event has been a huge success and Miller said this of the event:
“I give the event two thumbs up. It went really smoothly and we had a lot of compliments about the AJGA tournament and staff. I have been around a lot of events and you guys have a good formula and it’s executed very well. I’m also really thrilled that our foundation could be a beneficiary for this event. If we get $5,000, that will take care of one of our scholars for 4 years.”