Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. July 27, 2012 – Troon Golf, the world’s largest golf management company, has applauded the 2012 BallenIsles Junior Cup which saw 36 young, rising stars of golf compete this past weekend in a Ryder Cup format tournament on the Club’s historic championship East Course.
Congratulating BallenIsles General Manager Derrick Barnett and his management team, Troon Golf’s Executive Vice President, Operations, John Easterbrook said, “The well conceived execution of this remarkable tournament for young, talented golfers at the 2012 BallenIsles Junior Cup, strongly supports the golf industry’s best practices, and is a credit not only to the rich heritage of the Club’s PGA Championship courses, but to an outstanding management team and support staff.”
The invitation-only tournament showcased golf’s next generation and included 2011 Platinum Tour Player of the Year, Zachary Bariso; 2011 Palm Beach Post Player of the Year, Conor Richardson; 2012 Florida Junior Tour Event winner, Zachary Smith; 2011 Scripps Treasure Coast Newspaper Golfer of the Year, Lucy Robson; 2012 Florida Junior Tour winner, Radi Sauro; and Back to Back South Florida LPGA Player of the Year, Emily Faulkner.
“The BallenIsles Junior Cup allows us to give back to the community, grow the game of golf and spotlight elite junior players. These young ladies and gentlemen have our admiration and congratulations,” said Brian Kelley, BallenIsles Country Club’s Director of Golf.
A pairings party determined “East” and “West” teams and the West team took a 6-3 lead after day 1 of matches but on the final day of play the East was able to take the lead, winning the tournament 14½ – 12½ to capture the 2012 BallenIsles Junior Cup.
A demo day with Cleveland Golf and Srixon also presented the juniors with an opportunity to try the latest in drivers and other equipment. Participants also received a golf bag, shirts, hats, and golf balls for the event, all sponsored by Cleveland Golf. A new sponsor this year, Scholarship For Athletes, a premier consulting company for student-athletes and their families, provided guidance to the junior golfers on how to obtain golf scholarships.
Highly regarded for its 3 championship golf courses, where many golf legends originally qualified for the PGA Tour, BallenIsles is also home to a $26 million state-of-the-art Sports Complex that is testimony to the Club’s extraordinary commitment to a healthy member lifestyle. Out of nearly 200 Clubs managed worldwide by Troon Golf, BallenIsles has been awarded “Facility of the Year.” For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org.