There might be no more awards for the Jones Creek Golf Club to win.
The club has played host to the American Junior Golf Association’s E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf for three years heading into the 2014 event, which will be July 15-17.
In 2011, the tournament was named most improved tournament of the year and in 2012, it received the AJGA’s hospitality award. On Thursday at a press conference at the club, the tournament was named the AJGA 2013 Tournament of the Year.
The AGJA will play host to 108 tournaments for 12- to 18-year-olds in 2014, so receiving the award from among the multitudes meant the world to Jones Creek general manager Ray Mundy.
“This is really a great honor to receive this award,” said Mundy. “We’ve had the opportunity the last couple of years to go to an event or two and see the effort that goes on and to be recognized as the tournament of the year is really unbelievable.”
Ryan Tahara, the AJGA’s Southeast Regional director gave kudos to all those involved with the event.
“Out of all 108 tournaments they’re the best on our schedule from an all-encompassing standpoint,” Tahara said. “That’s not possible without the support of the committee, Vaughn Taylor, of our sponsors and especially the volunteers. It’s really what sets it above and beyond.”
The tournament’s namesake Taylor was at the press conference and praised Mundy, tournament chairman Dan Troutman and everyone involved.
“I’m proud to have my name on the tournament and definitely to be tournament of the year, I think is quite an amazing accomplishment,” said Taylor. “From what we’ve seen today with the interaction of the sponsors and everyone involved here I think it shows how much passion these guys have for this tournament.”
The tournament field won’t be closed until June 10th and could include locals such as Lakeside’s Hunter Dunagan, the 2014 Class AAAAA state low medalist and Megan Sabol who finished second in the Class AAAAA girls’ division as well as members of the Greenbrier boys team that won the state title in a playoff over Lakeside.
The homegrown Taylor will have a vested interest in the field.
“I love to see local kids play well, kind of show the out-of-towners they can’t come in here and take this tournament,” Taylor said.
“It’s a special bond to come into the home tournament and play well, just a lot of fun involved. I’m definitely pulling for the local kids.”