Golf: Massive boost for juniors in Asia

THE Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA) is headed to Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong.

The event, titled the JGTA Hong Kong Junior Classic, will feature top-ranked juniors from up to 16 countries across the region and form part of the American Junior Golf Association’s PBE (Performance Based Entry) programme.

It will also give top prospects for American college golf and future stars of the game a chance to showcase their talents.

This will be the third event of the JGTA’s 2018-2019 season and the first time Hong Kong juniors will have an opportunity to move up the standings on the Junior Order of Merit – the official ranking system of the JGTA and the source of AJGA PBE status in Asia.

The event has been made possible by the Selina Li Foundation, the brainchild of local junior golfer and entrepreneur, Selina Li.

The Selina Li Foundation shares the JGTA’s mission in supporting the dreams of junior golfers to achieve success as an American college golfer. JGTA events allow juniors from across the region to pursue American college golf at an unprecedented level, through local opportunities to earn AJGA PBE status, the critical component to college golf recruitment, in the AJGA offseason, without having to travel to the United States.

“After playing in three JGTA events and gaining fully exempt AJGA status through the Junior Golf Tour of Asia, I experienced firsthand the benefits that the JGTA brings to young golfers in pursuit of the opportunity to compete in the AJGA,” said Selina.

“I recognise that there are countless talented junior golfers in the Asia-Pacific area who are limited by different factors, preventing them from embarking on the intricate network of AJGA’s ranking system.

“In the past few months, I have established my own foundation to support the JGTA, hoping to achieve my goal of paving a pathway for junior golfers to pursue collegiate golf.”

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