The Junior Cup 2012 took place this past weekend in the renowned BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Junior Cup showcased the future generations of golf’s rising stars. The male and female, superstar golfers enjoyed a weekend of golf and some good competition, beginning July 19-22. The tournament took place at the BallenIsles east course where some of the golf’s most legendary players made history. Legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Julius Boros have won PGA Championships on this course!
The Junior Tour was comprised of 36, talented junior golfers. July 19th was deemed the “demo day” and boasted the phenomenal sponsors of the event: Cleveland Golf, Srixon and the Scholarship for Athletes Foundation. At the demo, the junior pros were able to try out the newest in golf equipment and apparel. After testing the latest drivers the players moved on to a pairings party where they determined what teams they would play on and in what order. The BallenIsles Director of Golf, Brian Kelley, stated, “The BallenIsles Junior Cup 2012 will celebrate the hard work of an elite group of accomplished Junior Golfers and help guide them in achieving their full potential."
The tour kicked off July 21, in a four-ball front nine, followed by foursomes on the back nine on day two, July 22, that featured singles matches on 18 holes. This year, some incredible foundations aiming to help young athletes achieve their dreams sponsored the Junior Cup. The Scholarship for Athletes Foundation is a consulting company for student athletes and their families, that aims to educate them on the process of recruiting, choosing schools and obtaining scholarships.
Some of the top local juniors to play included:
- • 2011 Platinum Tour Player of the Year, Zachary Bariso.
- • 2011 Palm Beach Post Player of the Year, Conor Richardson.
- • 2012 Florida Junior Tour Event winner, Zachary Smith.
- • 2011 Scripps Treasure Coast Newspaper Golfer of the Year, Lucy Robson.
- • 2012 Florida Junior Tour winner, Radi Sauro.
- • Back to Back South Florida LPGA Player of the Year, Emily Faulkner.
For more about the Junior Cup 2012, please visit the BallenIsles Country Club website! www.BallenIsles.org