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Junior PGA champs to receive pro exemptions

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The boys’ and girls’ winner at this week’s Junior PGA Championship will get a shot in the big leagues.

The boys’ division winner will receive an exemption into the 2015 Valero Texas Open, while the girls’ winner will get a spot in the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. The agreement announced Tuesday is for two years.

The AJGA’s Puerto Rico Classic (Puerto Rico Open) also offers a PGA Tour exemption, the winner of the Yani Tseng Invitational gets into the Swinging Skirts, and the AJGA’s Player of the Year receives an exemption into the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with events on both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, which allow our Junior PGA champions a chance to test their skills against the world’s best players,” PGA of America president Ted Bishop said. “The Junior PGA Championship is one of the premier events in all of junior golf, and this further illustrates just how strong the field is each year.”

This year’s four-round event featuring 156 players (78 boys, 78 girls) begins Tuesday at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas. Former participants include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie