Nicklaus to be keynote speaker at Junior Invitational

Jack Nicklaus watches his son Gary Nicklaus from the sidelines at No. 9 during the 112th U. S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado.

Jack Nicklaus watches his son Gary Nicklaus from the sidelines at No. 9 during the 112th U. S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado.

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GRANITEVILLE, S.C. -- A year after George W. Bush gave the keynote speech at the Junior Invitational, Sage Valley will host golf royalty in 2013, as Jack Nicklaus will take the reins this year.

Nicklaus, an 18-time major winner, won six Masters title, held at nearby Augusta National.

"We are extremely thrilled to have him join us," said tournament chairman Tom Wyatt. "We have endeavored to invite guest speakers that add high value to the event and be an inspiration to the tournament field, the First Tee youngsters and our invited guests. Mr. Nicklaus certainly fits this criteria."

The Junior Invitational at Sage Valley is set for April 26-28 at the Sage Valley Golf Club. The field will be announced in February, as invitations have been sent out in two waves thus far.

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