The Mercy Health Foundation’s American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Junior All-Star Event and AJGA Preview Events took place the week of June 20, 2022, at Mill Creek Golf Course. The tournaments hosted 276 junior competitors, including eight junior players who earned their spot in a Sunday regional qualifier event for the Junior All Star with a field of 156 players. Over 150+ volunteers, 39 college coaches from all over the United States, and two dozen staff and interns from the AJGA were also in attendance at the 2022 tournament.
The AJGA tournament had an economic impact in the Mahoning Valley of $408,097.00 in 2022 and a total of $2,227,491.00 since its inception in 2016. This impact includes lodging for families and AJGA representatives, rental cars, dining, and entertainment spending. In addition, an $8,950.00 donation was made between the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation and the AJGA Ace Grant which came from monies raised for the AJGA tournament and Junior-Amateur event held on the Monday prior to the main event. To date, the AJGA event has raised over $59,950.00 for local charities and has represented players from all 50 states as well as 29 different countries. Many thanks to the Title Sponsor Mercy Health Foundation and Presenting Sponsors which included the Mahoning County Convention & Visitor Bureau, Fox Sports, Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation, Shark, TransAmerica as well as multiple local companies/businesses that were hole partners throughout the event week.
Alexa Ouellet of Toronto, Ontario, Canada was the female champion coming in at one under par (209) and Brayden Miller of Goshen, Indiana was the male champion with a score of four under par (206) for the week for the Mercy Health Foundation AJGA Junior All Star Tournament.
Hazel Cottriel from Costa Mesa, California was the female champion coming in at two over par (142) and Colton Lusk from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania was the male champion with a score of four over par (144) for the week for the Mercy Health Foundation AJGA Junior Preview Tournament.
Mill Creek Golf Course would like to thank all the spectators who were in attendance for the event as well as media partners YSN, WFMJ, WKBN, 1240 WBBW, 570 WKBN, Tribune Chronicle, and The Vindicator for their extensive coverage during the week.