The Tournament Committee is proud to announce that the 10th Stan Trojanowski Northern Junior will be played August 1st-2nd, 2011 at Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington, Connecticut. The 36-hole event will be contested over two days and will once again feature some of the best junior players in the country. All junior golfers who have not entered college or reached their 19th birthday by the date of the tournament are eligible to apply. Entry into the event will be selected by the tournament committee based on individual resume, playing ability and finishes in other events and the total field size will be limited to 90 Boys and 30 Girls. Applications will be available March 1st via the tournament website at https://www.northernjunior.com and the deadline for application will be June 27th.
The American Junior Golf Association has also awarded the Northern Junior with an increased PBE (Performance Based Entry) Status. The 2011 Boys Champion will receive two (2) AJGA exemptions, and the top five (5) Boys will receive 1 AJGA exemption. The 2011 Girls Champion will receive one (1) AJGA exemption and the top three (3) Girls will receive 1 AJGA performance star. In addition, the Boys Champion will receive invitations to the 2011 Bobby Chapman Junior, the 2011 Joe Cheves Invitational, and the 2012 International Junior Masters and the Girls Champion and Boys Runner-Up will also receive exemptions to the 2011 Joe Cheves Junior Invitational. With this increased status, the Northern Junior is now recognized as the most prominent independent event in New England.
The move to Ellington Ridge marks the first time in tournament history that the event will not be played at Timberlin Golf Club. Ellington Ridge was chosen after more than a dozen courses expressed interest in hosting the event. The various amenities that Ellington Ridge has to offer, including an outstanding clubhouse and practice area, as well as the variety of tee and hole locations, factored greatly into the final decision. “As a committee member and former participant, its great to see the Northern Junior being played at a great course in Ellington Ridge’ said Ross Alberghini, Tournament Committee member and Live Scoring Coordinator. “I think the players will enjoy playing there and I look forward to working with Ellington Ridge as tournament preparations begin.”
Ellington Ridge Country Club is widely regarded as one of the best private courses in the state of Connecticut. The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by the noted golf architect, Geoffrey Cornish, in 1959 and has undergone numerous major improvements in the last 50 years. Practice areas include a top rated driving range, 2 practice putting greens and new sand and chipping practice area. Ellington Ridge has also played host to numerous prestigious events, including three Connecticut Open Championships, the 2008 Connecticut Amateur and the UCONN Connecticut Cup.
“Each year, we try to do whatever we can to bring our tournament to the next levelâ€, said Brent Paladino, Tournament Director. â€œWhile our tournament enjoyed success at Timberlin Golf Club since its inception, we felt like it was time to seek a facility that could offer superior condition and amenities for our players. Ellington Ridge has one of the best practice facilities in the state and an unbelievable dining facility and banquet area, which will help us truly deliver a PGA-Tour experience to our players from the moment they arrive.”
The Schedule of Events will be as follows:
Sunday, July 30th- Official Practice Rounds followed by Playerâ€™s Dinner and Opening Ceremony
Monday, August 1st- First Round of stroke play competition (Tee times begin at 7:00am off the 1st tee)
Tuesday, August 2nd- Final Round of stroke play competition (Tee times begin at 7:00am off the 1st tee, with leaders going off last at approx. 12:30pm)
Trophy Presentation- Approximately 5:00pm following the final round on the veranda adjacent to the clubhouse
The Stan Trojanowski Northern Junior is an open national junior golf event conducted over 36 holes of stroke play that aims to bring the best players from New England and beyond to compete in a first-class event. Our goal is to provide a first-class championship experience to each and every player. The tournament was first formed in 2002 in memory of Stan Trojanowski, father of Cindy Paladino and Gary Trojanowski. This year’s event, the 10th annual, will be contested at Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington, Connecticut on August 1st-2nd, 2011.