SPOTLIGHT - Charlotte Greensboro and Augusta


The Charlotte, North Carolina event marked the beginning of the third week of the 2001 Junior Golf Skills Competition Southern Swing. This day started out cold and windy but cleared up nicely for the 3:30 start time providing perfect golf conditions. It was great to see all those returning participants from last years event, especially 2000 Junior Golf Skills National Finalist, Brett Snyder. These participants were having so much fun they did not want the competition to end in regulation. For the first time on the East Coast Swing an event ended with a tie and an exciting putting playoff in the 9-10 age group between Daniel Meggs and Harrison Ashworth. With the high-level of enthusiasm coming from the Jr. Golfers at the 2001 Charlotte event, they proved that basketball is not the only sport that folks get excited about in North Carolina!
On a beautiful North Carolina day, the 2001 Junior Golf Skills Competition made its April 7th stop, in Greensboro, at Stony Creek Golf Course. On the same weekend as the Masters, the Jr. Golfers from Greensboro put on a show of their own, and for the second consecutive event it took a putting playoff between Geo Yang and Anthony Tsiolkas to decide the 1st and 2nd place winners in the 11 and 12-age division. This group of Jr. Golfers showed tremendous sportsmanship and etiquette, but most of all they showed how much fun they have playing golf.
On April 11, in Augusta, Georgia the 2001 Junior Golf Skills Competition brought its traveling show to The First Tee of Augusta. Just three days after history was made at the Masters, many future Tiger Woods had their chance to shine in Augusta as well. This event was a great success because of the support from several groups, along with Augusta being a great golf Community. It was great to have the support of the Augusta Youth Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta. This event was a magnet for media coverage. Comcast brought out their camera crew to catch all of the great golf action provided by the Augusta Juniors. The event was also covered by all three major networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as being featured on the front-page of the Augusta Chronicle. The Augusta event will always be a favorite of the Junior Golf Skills program.