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AJGA, PGA Tour reveal Jr. Players

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The PGA Tour and American Junior Golf Association announced Monday the creation of The Junior Players Championship.

It’s exactly what you think it is.

The event, which kicks off this Labor Day weekend, will bring 78 of the world’s top junior boys to TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship and PGA Tour Headquarters.

They will play the Players Stadium Course, home of the infamous 17th hole and golf’s fifth major.

“Building relationships with the PGA Tour to support junior golf will be a tremendous asset to the AJGA and the young men who have the opportunity to participate,” said Stephen Hamblin, AJGA executive director. “What a dream it would be for them to compete at the same venue as The Players Championship.”

The Junior Players field will consist of the top 60 boys in the Polo Golf Rankings and 18 of the leading players from foreign countries to TPC Sawgrass.

“We are looking forward to bringing many of the world’s top junior golfers to TPC Sawgrass for a unique championship experience,” said David Pillsbury, president of PGA Tour Golf Course Properties. “I’m sure many of these young players watch The Players every year and perhaps dream about playing in it someday as a PGA Tour member. We are extremely pleased to partner with the AJGA to offer them a special opportunity to experience playing The Players Stadium Course in tournament conditions. It should be a terrific event.”

The 54-hole competition begins Aug. 31.

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