AJGA event at Barefoot Norman Course drawing players from several states, countries

For the second summer, the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy at Barefoot Resort is hosting and sponsoring an American Junior Golf Association event that is drawing players from around the country and globe.

The Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Junior Championship is being played Aug. 4-6 on Barefoot’s Norman Course.

The AJGA is considered the tour with the highest level of junior competition in the U.S.

The tournament had 38 boys and 20 girls entered as of late last week, and they qualified based on points accumulated in previous events. Madison Elliott of North Myrtle Beach is in the field, as are two boys from Spain who are attending a Norman Academy summer camp – Carlos Garre and Gonzalo Pan.

Registered participants are from 12 states – California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida – as well as Spain and the Dominican Republic.

A qualifier is being held Sunday and is full with 84 boys and 10 girls and waiting lists for both genders. Eight boys spots and two girls spots in the AJGA event are available in the qualifier.

Strand residents entered in the qualifier include William Canipe of Murrells Inlet, Ethan Vallery of Pawleys Island and John David Gooden, Holden Grigg and Samuel Shostek of Myrtle Beach.

Other players in the qualifier are from Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, California, Ohio, Korea, Japan, India and Thailand.

Boys played the par-71 Norman Course at approximately 6,870 yards last year and Braden Thornberry of Olive Branch, Miss., won with a 12-under 201. Girls played approximately 5,900 yards and Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, N.C., won with a 211. The tournament fee is $285, and the qualifying fee is $95 for members and $120 for non-members.

Barefoot will also be the site from Dec. 16-18 of the 54-hole Greg Norman Academy Junior Invitational, an event on the Global Junior Golf tour.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin