Learning the Tournament Ropes at Briar’s Creek

First Tee – Greater Charleston program participants pose for a photo at the Rolex Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament at Briar’s Creek.

July 3, 2023 | Program Update

We love it when the Rolex Girls Junior Championship comes to town! This year’s event featured a fundraising tournament on June 19 benefiting First Tee – Greater Charleston. It’s an amazing opportunity for First Tee program participants like Lilly, age 10, to play with and learn from some of the best rising golf stars in the nation…

“I liked meeting and playing with Yurang Li. She was really nice and a good golfer. I liked riding with her and seeing how she warms up for a match and learning about her playing golf in college. I hope I can do that too one day.”

– Lilly, First Tee – Greater Charleston Program Participant

Thanks to a long-time partnership with AJGA and generous community support, we were able to send 20 participants to play in the fundraising tournament at Briar’s Creek, and some of those young people were afforded the opportunity to shadow tournament administration and support staff through AJGA’s Day In A Life program. Participants like Jackie, age 17, enjoyed learning about career opportunities in the industry beyond playing the game…

“I enjoyed playing with Megan Meng during the fundraising tournament, and I especially loved the Day In A Life program. It was great to experience how a tournament works. My favorite part was being able to track pace of play and talking with [AJGA interns] Helena and Mia! They were great to learn from, and I enjoyed getting to know more about how the intern program works because it relates to what I want to do in my future career. …These events are great opportunities for kids like me. It’s important to understand how much work staff puts into making tournaments possible. Participating in events like this is a great way to make new connections as well!”

– Jackie, First Tee – Greater Charleston Program Participant

We look forward to following the careers of all the golfers who played in this year’s Rolex Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament, and we hope that some of our program participants will follow in their footsteps or consider a career in tournament management!

Want to help us make educational opportunities like this accessible to kids from all walks of life? Email [email protected] to learn how you can get involved.