Written by: Tim Hamilton
Lake Ontario separates Victor, N.Y., and Canada. Ravenwood Golf Club is just underneath our neighbors to the north. This week’s field features plenty of Canadian talent. There are 20 Canadians in this week’s field. Nineteen of the competitors hail from the province of Ontario. The AJGA typically has strong international fields, but this week the Canadian showing is stronger than usual due to proximity. Last year’s Girls Division champion, Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ontario is a current member of the Canadian National Team. It’s fitting that this week’s tournament started the day after Canada Day. Henderson also competed in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Golf Region –
This region has a busy summer filled with quality golf. The Ravenwood Junior Championship is not the only big golf tournament this summer in the western New York area. In a little over a month the PGA Championship will be played at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY. Ravenwood Golf Club is only 20 minutes from Oak Hill. The LPGA Championship is also played every year in the town of Pittsford, N.Y., at Locust Hill Country Club. The juniors will take care of business this week, the women professionals played in June, and the men professionals will play Oak Hill in August. AJGA alumni will do their best to win the PGA Championship next month, while current AJGA juniors aspire to one day be in a PGA or LPGA Championship.
Final Round Fireworks –
This week’s final round will commence on America’s birthday. Juniors will finish out their Ravenwood Junior Championship on Independence Day. To celebrate, the tournament had planned for a fireworks celebration after the first round. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled because of the weather, but there will be plenty more fireworks all over the country the next few days. Another special touch the tournament has done this week is put mini American flags next to the tee markers. Fourth of July is a day of celebration, and this year one juniors holiday will be celebrated with an AJGA title.
In the spirit of Independence Day this week’s social activity featured Ravenwood’s back porch. Not only were people eating hamburgers and hot dogs, but they were playing golf. AJGA staff set up a closest to the hole challenge where juniors hit off a mat on the deck to a hole on the putting green. This was great fun for all competitors; juniors hit wedge shots with music in the background. The turnout was great and Steven Altieri of Skillman, N.J., won the competition after holing out the 58-yard shot. Jackie Rogowicz of Yardley, Pa., won the Girls Division.
This weeks social activity was a closest to the hole contest from Ravenwood's back deck.