Sycamore Hills G.C. selected to host 2010 Junior PGA Championship


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Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010 | 2:25 p.m.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA of America has announced the 35th Junior PGA Championship will be contested Aug. 2-5, 2010, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. It will be the first Junior PGA Championship to be contested in Indiana.

"Our 34-year tradition of offering the country's top junior golfers a premier Championship venue will continue as The PGA of America brings the 2010 Junior PGA Championship to Sycamore Hills Golf Club," said PGA President Jim Remy. "The Jack Nicklaus Signature design will present the nation's top-ranked juniors with a great challenge on which to display their talents."

Tim Frazier, PGA head professional at Sycamore Hills Golf Club and the Vice President of the Indiana PGA Section, is excited to host the 2010 Junior PGA Championship at his facility.

"Sycamore Hills Golf Club is thrilled to be hosting the 2010 Junior PGA Championship," said Frazier. "We are very excited today's elite junior players will be competing for the coveted Jack Nicklaus and Patty Berg trophies on our championship Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Our goal is that tomorrow's stars look back on the 35th Junior PGA Championship as the most elite experience in their junior golf memories."

Perhaps the finest golf club in the Midwest, Sycamore Hills opened its doors in 1989. The land on which the course sits was first deeded by Andrew Jackson in 1835, and is marked by generous fairways, peninsula greens, waste bunkers and white sand. Sycamore Hills is ranked No. 93 in Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2009-10," and also ranks No. 63 on Golf Digest's "Top 100 Greatest Practice Facilities for 2009-10."

"In my opinion, Sycamore Hills is one of the finest sites we've ever had the opportunity on which to design a golf course," said Jack Nicklaus. "It has gorgeous trees, great movement of the property, and it had some existing lakes that really functioned quite well. The site had a little river moving through the property which really afforded a lot of opportunities to create different shots. We had the opportunity to create a very diverse set of holes for Sycamore Hills and the course should be considered as one of the finest golf courses in the United States, as time goes on."

For more information on the host site, please visit: www.sycamorehillsgolfclub.com.

Begun in 1976, the Junior PGA Championship has traditionally produced unforgettable golf performances and brings together the best junior golfers from around the country to compete for the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in the boys' division and the Patty Berg Trophy in the girls' division.

In 2009, Florida natives T.J. Vogel of Cooper City and Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs claimed the title in the boys' and girls' divisions, respectively. Thompson, who became the youngest winner of the Junior PGA Championship in 2007 at the age of 12, took home her second title.

The Junior PGA Championship has been a stepping stone for competitors to either collegiate or Tour professional careers. The list of past Champions includes some of the most prominent current Tour professionals: Billy Andrade (1981), Billy Mayfair (1982), 2001 PGA Champion David Toms (1984), Sean O'Hair (1998), 2007 U.S. Women's Open Champion Cristie Kerr (1995), 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman (1996), Grace Park (1996), Aree Song (1999, 2000), In-Bee Park (2001, '02) and 2007 LPGA Rookie of the Year Angela Park (2004).

For more information on the Junior PGA Championship please visit: www.pgajuniorseries.com.