TUCSON CITY JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF MAY 30-31

Randolph Golf Complex hosts one of Arizona’s top junior golf tournaments

The Tucson City Junior Championship will held May 30-31 featuring up to 165 Arizona junior golfers (boys and girls) ages 8-18 competing in five age groups (see field here). Tee times begin at 6:30 a.m. each morning, and spectators are welcome.

One of the top events on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona’s (JGAA) schedule, the 10-and-under, 13-14, and 15-18 Girls Divisions will compete at Dell Urich Golf Course. The 15-18 Boys as well as the Girls and Boys Championship Divisions will play Randolph North Golf Course.

“Each year we look forward to working with organizations such as the Tucson Conquistadores, Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Programs and of course the JGAA,” said Robb Palmgren, general manager of Randolph Golf Complex.  “Their efforts truly exemplify the values memorialized by the Michael J. Harris Core Values Award.”

Michael J. Harris Core Value Award

Each year during the Tucson City Junior Championship, the Michael J. Harris award is awarded to the player who demonstrates the qualities he lived by. Harris was a Tucson Conquistadores for 33 years and lived by their mission statement of being dedicated to the tradition of golf in Tucson and to promote athletics. He lived his life as he played golf, with honesty, loyalty, good sportsmanship, integrity, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance and courtesy. He loved to play golf for the friendships developed on the course and the positive competitive spirit that comes with the game. He loved the community of Tucson, the people who live there, and he worked on many causes to make it a better place for all. Professionally he worked in administration at the University of Arizona, was the administrator of a local hospital for 14 years, the CEO of a health care network and a realtor. His real passion, though, was his family, philanthropy and golf. He was founder or chairman of over 30 community originations including, the United Way, Rotary, Davis-Monthan 50 and the Tucson Airport Authority.

 Tucson Conquistadores
Since its inception in 1962, the Tucson Conquistadores civic group has raised more than $30 million for young athletes. The group has an active membership of 200 business and professional men who represent a cross-section of the Tucson community.

Professional golf has been the primary source for the Conquistadores’ fundraising success. The Conquistadores currently sponsor the Cologuard Classic, an official PGA TOUR Champions Tour event in March. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Pima County Special Olympics, the JGAA and dozens of youth sports teams and events throughout Southern Arizona.

About the JGAA
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to educate, motivate and inspire Arizona’s youth through golf and all of the valuable lessons and life skills inherent to the game.  In addition to hosting competitive events, the JGAA develops programs for local schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, conducts college prep seminars and etiquette clinics.   The Junior Ambassador and Guest Speaker Programs give JGAA students the opportunity to learn, develop and adopt successful habits and practices – both on and off the golf course – from a collection of prominent, civic-minded community and business leaders.  The JGAA also awards two scholarship funds annually to high school senior members of the JGAA for their college education – the Tres Arnold and the John Wolfinger Memorial College Scholarships.  The JGAA’s strong belief in teamwork and cooperation has guided the organization for more than 30 years and is instilled in all of its members.

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