IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

  • DREAM 18 GOLF CARD
  • TOURNAMENT SERIES WINNERS
  • PAR-3 CHAMPIONSHIP
  • TIPS FROM THE PRO WHO KNOWS
  • MISSION INN RESORT AND CLUB ADULT-JUNIOR
  • HOLE-IN-ONE TOURNAMENT
  • FIRST COAST JUNIOR AMATEUR

Greetings!

Here’s to a great Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! 

I can’t thank you enough for all you have done and do to grow the game of golf for our North Florida area kids and for our future in golf. By now you know it is my passion to insure our area kids find the successful paths that golf leads them down. There are many organizations like us, but I always say we lead and others follow because of your support. Keep making us #1 by supporting the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation, our junior tour, our programs and our four county middle school program.
Thanks for being on the Winning TEAM!

This past year has been crazy as we all know, but golf has carried on since early May and I’m very happy we (North Florida) led the way in determining that junior golf and golf in general was safe to play with safety guidelines in place. This past October we kicked off our 2020-2021 junior golf season which ends in early August 2021. So far we’ve hosted 10 events and we still have another 26 to go.

Our past events included three ADULT-JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. Two have already been played, one at Amelia National Country Club and one at Mission Inn Resort and Club. The third is coming up on Sunday, January 17th at Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club, my old stomping grounds. I hope you’ll invite a junior golfer and join us. Everyone is welcome to join us. Tee times start at 10:00 am so space is limited due to sunset. Sign up early and SAVE $10. TEAM entry is $150 which include golf, cart, prize, trophies (1st, 2nd, 3rd/gross and net) and lunch). Go to www.nfjg.org to sign up. Winners of all three Adult-Juniors will be going to one of our top area clubs (TBD) to battle it out in the TOURNAMENT OF WINNERS. First, second and third place finishers in both the Gross and Net Divisions will be invited to attend, plus any past Adult-Junior Winners from past years. It’ll be a hoot!

If you haven’t heard Brent Martineau from ACTION SPORTS JAX is at it again. He and the #1 Sports and News TEAM are NFJG Foundation Partners and supporters of our program, along with others and Brent has put together the DREAM 18 Golf Card. This golf card will SAVE you some nice cash and allow you to play some nice area golf courses along with getting some FREE gifts from various companies. If I know Brent, this is just the start, so come aboard and join the DREAM 18 TEAM of supporters as we raise funds for our Men and Women in uniform and the NFJG Foundation. Check it out?
The Golf Card will make a great Christmas Gift.

Thanks for your support and we’ll see you on the links!

Jack Aschenbach, PGA

DREAM 18
GOLF
CARD

Golf fans,

  Discounted golf, free stuff and discounts to local businesses. Sounds like the perfect holiday gift for you or someone you know. The new Dream 18 card is available and features discounted golf at local courses like Eagle Landing, South Hampton, Osprey Cove, Amelia River, Hidden Hills, Queens Harbour, St. Johns Golf and CC and Fleming Island. 

   This card is more than golf. The Dream 18 card allows for a free Dream 18 t-shirt from Baker's Sports, a free hat from Dome Hats and a free smoothie from participating Smoothie Kings. Also discounts and dollars off purchases at Palm Beach Autographs and Promo 180. 

   Some of the proceeds of the card will go to the Dream 18 Charities - which supports the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation.

   The card is available for $95 (that includes all fees and tax)

  It's the perfect stocking stuffer! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 NFJGTOUR "FALL TOURNAMENT SERIES WINNERS"

Over the past three months 234 junior tour members have competed in ten NFJG TOUR events in an effort to bring home the "FALL TOURNAMENT SERIES" Winner Award, plus earn valuable points towards the PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD, TOP HONOR AWARD and now the newly added OVERALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD which combines all members together regardless of age or gender. From left to right in the photo above our Fall Award Winners are: Elite Tour Boys - Tommy Piper, Elite Tour Girls - Alyzabeth Morgan, Rising Tour Boys - Dylan Frein, Boys 10-12 - Maxwell Morgan and Foundation - Reid Joiner.

In the PLAYER OF THE YEAR race St. Augustine's Nolan Harper has now taken a 700 point lead over St. Johns Tommy Piper in the Elite Tour Boys and and a four point lead in the OVERALL Points race. Fleming Islands Alyzabeth Morgan jumped ahead of St. Augustine's Helena Rios by a little over 400 points in the Elite Tour Girls Division and Palm Coast's Trevor Challice had a commanding lead in the Boys 10-12, but he will carry his points to the Rising Tour where he will once again have a commanding lead, leaving Jacksonville Beaches Mawell Morgan at the top spot, 900 points ahead of St. Johns Brady Dougan in the Boys 10-12 Division. The Rising Tour Girls found St. Augustine's Sofia Rivera in the lead, but with her recent promotion to the Elite Tour it leaves a tight race between Ciara Aitken and Lizzie Thompson. In the Foundation Division Ponte Vedra's Read Joiner enjoys a 500 point lead over Carter Stoltz.

For all the point standings click on the like below.
PGATOUR PROFESSIONAL
RUSSELL KNOX
Tees it up with the NFJGTOUR

ADAM
VERMUT
Shines at the
Holiday PAR-3 CHAMPIONSHIP

The North Florida Junior Golf Foundation and Tour recently held its second annual Par-3 Championship at the Palm Valley Golf Course in Ponte Vedra, Florida with PGA Tour Member Russel Knox joining the field of fifty-one junior golfers.

When Russell was asked if he would join the field and play with the winners of the ADULT-JUNIOR Championship Series during his holiday break, Russell replied "I'm all over that and I would love to tee it up with the kids"

Home for a nice three week break Russell graciously played in Sunday’s final round. Prior to being introduced to the players before to play many of the NFJGTOUR members might not have realized what a great guy and an accomplished player Russel is. When the kids heard about Russell's accomplishments on tour, their eyes widened and they could see where hard work and dedication to the game could lead them. Hearing all about Russell made an everlasting impression when the players found out Russell was a four time champion and had career earnings of more than $14 million dollars to his credit. All at age 34 and he’s still a young guy with plenty of good golf ahead of him.

Knox was born in Scotland and came to play college golf at Jacksonville University. He graduated JU and has lived in the area since graduating in 2007 and has been the NFJGF’s Tour Ambassador since 2018.
ALYZABETH MORGAN
Elite Tour Girls Champion
(63-54)
CHRISTIAN WAKEFORD
Rising Tour Boys Champion
(57-54)
SOFIA RIVERA
Rising Tour Girls Champion
(61-63)
TREVOR CHALLICE
Boys 10-12 Champion
(57-55)
CAMERON ABITABILO
Rising Tour Boys Runner-up
(55-57)
KENZIE HEBA
Elite Tour Girls Runner-up
(62-58)
AMBROSE KINNARE
Boys 10-12 Runner-up
(59-55)
Alexander Lymus sticking it tight as Russell Knox, Brady Dougan and Anthony Rivera look on.
ALEXIA IORDANOV
Rising Tour Girls Runner-up
(68-64)
TIPS FROM THE PRO WHO KNOWS!
There are many reasons why some golfers make it to the BIG show and others don't. Maybe it's just one great tournament that jump started a career that gives great opportunity. Maybe in the right place at the right time or maybe it was hard work and dedication to the game with the right form of instruction and practice. Many Pros preach "practice with a purpose." You answer the question. Is it better to hit 10 quality balls with sound fundamentals or just hit a bag of balls with no purpose? I hope the first choice was your answer.
PGA TOUR PROFESSIONAL
PGATOUR PROFESSIONAL
RUSSELL KNOX SHARES HIS TIPS
At the Palm Valley Golf Club during the recent NFJGTOUR Par-3 Championship NFJG Foundation Ambassador Russell Knox made an interesting comment regarding "PRACTICE". Russell said, "as a kid, growing up in Scotland the driving range was about a mile away from the course, so practice was done more on the course verses hoofing it to the range". Russell explained, "Golf is the only sport where you practice somewhere else, other than where you play. In basketball, baseball, hockey and football you practice where you play, but in golf we practice on the range and play where we don't normally practice". Russell's advise, practice more on the course when possible.

JOIN THE "ROOS CREW"
TEMPO AND VARIETY
DRAW THE LINE IN THE SAND
FARRAYE & JAMES
TAKE MISSION INN
ADULT-JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
GROSS CHAMPIONS
Nicholas Farraye
and PGA Professional Gerry James
NET CHAMPIONS
Alexander Lymus
and Executive Director Jack Aschenbach
Over the weekend of December 12th and 13th 28 folks enjoyed the offerings of Mission Inn Resort and Club. The stay was a delight and a great way to start the holidays off right. Twelve players out the 28 people enjoying the resort competed in the Adult-Junior Championship. Taking bragging rights this go around was St. Augustine's
Nicholas Farraye and World Long Drive Champion Gerry James claimed the Mission Inn title. This was the second of three Adult-Junior Championship of the season. Queen's Harbour Yacht and Country Club will be next up on January 17, 2021.

The instructor-student team of Farraye and James shot -10 on their opening round on the El Campeon Course to take a four stroke lead over Amelia National Champions Alexander Lymus and Executive Director Jack Aschenbach. In round two on the Las Colinas Course team Farraye added another two strokes to their lead firing a final round of 67 to to finish at -15 to be named Gross Champions.

Team Alexander Lymus and Jack Aschenbach shot an opening round of 66 and added a few more strokes with a second round 69 to earn the Runner-up spot in the Gross contest and finishing in the top spot in the NET contest posting a score of -9 nipping Sophia and Greg Carman by one stroke.
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Many thank all our tournament sponsors and Foundation Partners for their continued support of our leading program. We strive to make our junior program the best and with their support the job is that much easier. Please do me a favor and when the opportunity arises, use the services of our partners and tournament sponsors.

  • B&C Financial
  • Cutter and Buck
  • First Coast Women's Golf Association
  • Florida-Georgia Windows and Doors
  • Footjoy
  • Jacksonville Area Golf Association
  • Law Office of Will Kurtz
  • Redefined Lighting
  • The Golf Club at South Hampton Golf Association
  • Titleist
  • 3rd Street Charities
  • Putman County Tourist Development Council

Thanks for reading.


See you on the links!

Jack Aschenbach, PGA