The Mercy Health Foundation’s American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Junior All-Star Event and AJGA Preview Events took place the week of June 19, 2023, at Mill Creek Golf Course. The tournaments hosted 356 junior competitors, including six junior players who earned their spot in a Sunday regional qualifier event for the Junior All Star with a field of 156 players. Over 100+ volunteers, 40+ college coaches from all over the United States, and 24 staff and interns from the AJGA were also in attendance at the 2023 tournament.
The 2023 AJGA tournament set a new financial record of $436,087.02 in economic impact for the Mahoning Valley and a total of $2,663,578.00 in economic windfall since its inception in 2016. This impact includes lodging for families and AJGA representatives, rental cars, dining, and entertainment spending. In addition, a $7,200.00 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 $67,150.00 for local charities and has represented players from all 50 states as well as 37 different countries.
Many thanks to the Title Sponsor Mercy Health Foundation and Presenting Sponsors which included the Mahoning County Convention & Visitor Bureau, Farmers Trust Company, Fox Sports, Meridian Healthcare, Huntington Bank, Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation, Shark Ninja, Taylor Made Golf, TransAmerica and Youngstown Live as well as multiple local companies/businesses that were hole partners throughout the event week.
Abigail Lin of Folsom, California was the female champion coming in at one under par (209) and William Chang from Danville, California was the male champion with a score of two under par (208) for the week for the Mercy Health Foundation AJGA Junior All Star Tournament.
Sohia Lu from Rancho Palos Verdes, California was the female champion coming in at even par (140) and Julian Sinishtaj of Macomb, Michigan was the male champion with a score of even par (140) for the week for the Mercy Health Foundation AJGA Junior Preview Tournament.
Mill Creek Golf Course would like to thank all the spectators who attended the event as well as media partners YSN, WFMJ, WKBN, 1240 WBBW, 570 WKBN, Tribune Chronicle, and The Vindicator for their coverage during the week.