Southern Pines, NC – July 11 – Precision Golf student, Casey Ward, had an outstanding showing at the Big “I” Qualifying tournament this weekend at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. Shooting 70-70 for a 2 under 140 to win the tournament, Ward will now advance into the Big “I” championship field. Lori Beth Adams, a Precision Golf student, tied for 2nd place finishing one shot behind Ward in the standings. Precision Golf School would also like to congratulate Emily Brooks who shot her career low round of 69 in the 2nd round.
Formerly known as the IIAJC, the Big “I” Junior Classic (sponsored nationally by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America) is the largest golf tournament in the United States that results in a single champion. Each year, more than 4,000 young golfers compete in local and state tournaments around the country with the top 167 players advancing to the national finals.
The list of players that have participated in the Big “I” Junior Classic over our 40 year history includes some of golf’s great players. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Charlie Howell, Billy Andrade, Cristie Kerr and Grace Park have all participated in the Trusted Choice Big “I”. In fact, Tiger Woods won the Big “I” Junior Classic twice during his amateur career – the second win was in 1992 at Pinehurst #7!
This year in North Carolina, competition began with one-day, 18-hole regional qualifying tournaments held in eight locations around the state in June (for boys only). The state tournament is a two-day, 36-hole weekend event in Southern Pines in July (for boys and girls).
The national tournament comprises 72 holes with activities stretching over five days, including the Patrick Cannon Memorial Long Drive Contest. This year the national tournament will be held at Olde York Country Club in Chesterfield, New Jersey on July 27 – 30, 2010.