Connor Herlihy – Junior Golf Tour of Asia 

Connor Herlihy is a Media & Communications staff member of the Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA). Prior to working for the JGTA, he was an intern with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). Follow along as he discusses his experiences with the AJGA.

Overall, what was your experience like as an intern of the AJGA? 

My experience as an AJGA staff member was invaluable. I was a full-time traveling operations intern in the spring of 2017. My team’s schedule marched us from East Coast to West Coast and back on a 7-week adventure that featured 7 AJGA events.

What was your favorite event of your internship?

My favorite event was my last event with the AJGA, The Thunderbird International Junior. The event takes place at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona every year and always features a field full of premiere junior golf talent from all over the world. I would say this was my favorite event to work for many reasons. The first being the host venue, Grayhawk Golf Club. The course is mint and has a laid-back feel. The hundreds of volunteers on site were incredible to work with, and we ran a few fun social activities, including a closest to the pin under the lights. It would be hard to write this without also mentioning the unlimited milkshake bar available during the tournament.

What impact does the AJGA have on the landscape of junior golf?

The AJGA is the gold standard. AJGA tournaments offer the highest competition level in junior golf and are the focal point for College Coaches recruiting efforts. At the time, I did not realize the full impact that winning and competing in AJGA events had on the players. Now it seems that every time I check social media, another player that I saw compete is making a commitment to play college golf or is standing out in some way or another.

What was your favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part of the internship was working and traveling as a team. We clicked well and getting to go to a new course every week and run a great event was very rewarding. Every week was fresh, every week was different.

What was your transition to the JGTA like?

My transition from being a traveling intern with the AJGA to working for the JGTA came with ease. Shortly after the AJGA internship, I knew I wanted to continue my career in golf and the JGTA’s mission is something that I believe in. When I can, I always make it a point to go to AJGA events in the summer months to catch up with players from Asia. As a world traveler, I know seeing familiar faces in the states can be helpful for players when they are on the road for weeks traveling to AJGA events.

What is the importance of the JGTA? How does it change landscape?

It is hard to put into words how important the JGTA is for the players in Asia. It puts players on a similar playing field to those in the states and gives them the opportunity to compete and work towards playing against the best in the U.S. in the summer months. Four JGTA competitors became AJGA champions last summer after earning status through their final ranking on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit. I have a strong feeling that this number will skyrocket over the next few seasons.

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About the Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World Championship 2019
Set to take place May 21 – 23, Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World Championship will be the final stop of the JGTA’s 2018-2019 season. The host venue of the event Damai Indah Golf’s, Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) course, located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

About Damai Indah Golf’s Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) Course
The Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) course also known as “The Spirit of the Sea” is one of two pristine Damai Indah Golf Courses and was designed by world-renowned golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course is ranked 11th in Indonesia and has hosted the Asian PGA Tour’s Indonesia President Invitational and the European Tour’s Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open.

About the Junior Golf Tour of Asia
The Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA) is the governing body for competitive junior golf tournaments in the Asia-Pacific for young golfers to hone their skills at the highest level, developing into successful Collegiate athletes and future champions of the game. Members of the JGTA compete alongside other top-ranked players from across the region, who share similar competitive standings and aspirations for greatness.

JGTA tournaments are ranked on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit, the Tour’s official ranking system, and the source for AJGA PBE Status in the Asia-Pacific. Players earn Merit Points from their performance in JGTA events to improve their standing on the Junior Order of Merit. Following the end of each JGTA season (approx. June 1st), the top-performers (60 players total) are awarded AJGA PBE Status according to their final standing on the Junior Order Of Merit.

The JGTA strictly adheres to the competitive entry principles of its partners and the highest standards of performance based entry, to ensure the most competitive tournament fields at all times.

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