Midwest Open offers guaranteed AJGA stars

Carlton Reese

The upcoming Golfweek Midwest Junior Open being played at TPC Michigan offers a great opportunity for players seeking AJGA and national ranking status.

Played July 10-11 at the famed venue in Dearborn, Mich., the Golfweek Midwest Junior Open is in its fifth year and is part of the Golfweek Junior Tournament Series. As of this day in late June, there are still plenty of openings in the field in both the boys and girls divisions, and since the AJGA has guaranteed 8 stars to the winner of the boys division no matter the size of the field, a great opportunity exists for players to go after that status.

AJGA status for the event is as follows:

Champion: 8 stars

Top-5 finish: 4 stars

Top-10 finish: 1 star

On the girls side, the AJGA will review the field post-tournament to determine its status.

In addition to AJGA status, the event is nationally ranked by Golfweek/Sagarin and National Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Past champions include GJT veterans Caden Orweiler (2015), Devan Schulert (2014) and Michael Sass (2013). On the girls side, past champions include GJT player Kylie Raines (2013).

The winner of the Golfweek Midwest Junior Open earns an automatic invitation to compete in the 2017 Golfweek International Junior Invitational played during the Fall in Florida. The event is 84-player full field for both boys and girls divisions and annually brings together many of the top-ranked players in junior golf.

It is still not too late to register for the tournament, and you may do so by clicking on the following link:

Midwest Registration

Following the Midwest Open, four events remain on the Golfweek Junior Tournament Series schedule:

New England Junior Open, July 17-18, Indian Pond Country Club, Kingston, Mass.

Canadian Junior Open, July 27-28, Bayview Golf and Country Club, Thronhill, Ont.

Southeast Junior Team Challenge, Sept. 9-10, Litchfield Country Club, Pawleys Island, S.C.

International Junior Invitational, Oct. 28-29, PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Anyone who would like more information on the Series or any of events, may send an email request to me at creese@golfweek.com and I will be happy to send you the tournament packet.

We'd love to see you at TPC Michigan!