American Junior Golf Association to Host Discover Puerto Rico Junior Championship
Grand Reserve Golf Club
The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is excited to announce its partnership with Discover Puerto Rico, the destination marketing organization for the Island to host the Discover Puerto Rico Junior Championship.
This prestigious event is set to showcase Puerto Rico as a top golfing destination and provide young, aspiring golfers with an extraordinary opportunity to compete on a world-class course. The Discover Puerto Rico Junior Championship will take place from January 11-14, 2024, at the magnificent Grand Reserve Golf Club which annually hosts the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
It is expected to draw some of the most promising young talents in junior golf from across the United States and around the world.
Discover Puerto Rico's involvement as the title sponsor for this event underscores its commitment to promoting Puerto Rico as a premier golf destination and supporting the development of junior golfers. The partnership aims to highlight Puerto Rico's stunning golf courses, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant culture.
"We are thrilled to partner with Discover Puerto Rico for the Discover Puerto Rico Junior Championship," said AJGA Director of Business Development Patrick Cansfield. “This collaboration not only provides our young golfers with an exceptional platform to showcase their skills but also introduces them to the beauty and warmth of Puerto Rico."
Puerto Rico boasts a rich golfing heritage with 18 state-of-the-art gold courses at 14 properties throughout Puerto Rico, with several championship-caliber courses designed by world-renowned architects, set against the backdrop of the island's lush landscapes and breathtaking coastline. The Discover Puerto Rico Junior Championship promises to provide young golfers with a memorable experience on and off the course.
“We’re proud to partner with the American Junior Golf Association to host the Discover Puerto Rico Junior Championship starting in 2024,” said Brad Dean, Chief Executive Officer of Discover Puerto Rico. “Our island features world-class golf courses and we cannot wait to host these young athletes as they compete, and grow, into the future of the sport.”
In addition to competitive golf rounds, participants and their families will have the opportunity to explore the Island's rich cultural heritage, from experiencing 500 years of history in Old San Juan to savoring its culinary delights, engaging in adventure at El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S.
National Forest System and relax on its beautiful beaches from the east to the west coast of Puerto Rico. Discover Puerto Rico also invites those visiting the Island to 'Live Boricua,' reflecting a campaign currently running and born out of the essence of Puerto Rico. Created to celebrate Boricuas and rooted in the spirit of the Island, it embodies a state of mind and a way of life that exemplifies Puerto Rico's proud, passionate people.
This will not be the first time the AJGA has conducted a tournament in Puerto Rico. From 2011 through 2016. Many recognizable names played in some of the early tournaments in Puerto Rico, including Sam Burns (2012), Cameron Champ (T2, 2013), Wyndham Clark (2012) and Emiliano Grillo (5th, 2011). The Puerto Rico Golf Association continues to be a partner with the AJGA to bring junior golf to the island.
“We are thrilled to have the AJGA back in Puerto Rico,” said Puerto Rico Golf Association President Sidney Wolf. “The AJGA has been such a great partner for us over the years and the work they do with young people is extraordinary. Tournaments like this give us the opportunity to show off Puerto Rican golf and also expose our juniors to top talent from around the world.”