A junior golfer plays the Big Sky Resort Course, where in August, some of the best young players in the country will compete.

Best junior golfers to play in Meadow

A field of 78 of the nation’s leading junior golfers ages 12-19 are headed to Big Sky for an American Junior Golf Association event at the end of August. 

     It’s the first time Montana will be host to such a potent pool of rising golf stars. 

     The American Junior Golf Association sees this event as a way to highlight young golfers from an undeserved area for national junior golf.

     Aaron Pohle, golf coach at Rocky Mountain College, told Yellowstone Public Radio the AJGA junior tournament on the Big Sky Resort Course is a huge opportunity not only for Montana golf but for young Montana golfers who don’t always get to showcase their skills to college golf coaches.

     “It’s tough to get to get recruited in Montana just because of our location,” said Pohle. “It’s a great opportunity to play for them, to play other players outside of our state and garner a lot of attention from college coaches around the country and give them opportunities just like any other player should get.”

     Nick Dietzen, marketing and communications director with the Montana State Golf Association, told YPR, “It is an event that will showcase some of the best players and it gives credibility to Montana kids.”

     The event over the Labor Day weekend is 54-holes of stroke-play and a portion of the field will be reserved for Montana junior golfers.

     Lone Peak High School Golf Coach Jenny Wilcynski added, “Unfortunately, we have no local competitors from LPHS. How I wish! These are the top kids in the country and this is a big deal. We are so lucky to host such an event in Big Sky.” —DM

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