Originally posted on The Anniston Star by AL Muskewitz
Junior golfers in and around Calhoun County will have a chance to play for a shot at a national championship right in their own backyard next month.
Cane Creek pro Kenny Szuch has signed on to offer his facility to host a 2014 AAU golf Super Regional qualifier June 23.
The event is open to boys and girls from all over the country between the ages of 13 and 18. Play will be staged in three age divisions (13-14, 15-16, 17-18) with the overall boys and girls winner earning a paid spot into the AAU National Championship July 17-20 at Link Hill CC in Greenville, Tenn.
Everyone who participates in the tournament is eligible to play in the nationals even if they don’t win here. It wouldn’t be unlikely for some players to re-tee it here for the free shot after playing in a regional in Tennessee earlier in the week. It’s because there is no other national qualifier in Alabama this can be called a Super Regional.
“I would think anybody who plays, no matter the caliber of play, there’s a great carrot dangling at the end of this,” Szuch said. “I would highly encourage high school players who have any thought at all of playing after high school to play here and, whether you’re low or not, block off three or four days in July and play in the national championship.”
Szuch has been on board with the concept for a long time. He hosted the AAU national championship event in Knoxville in 2007. He has been talking about bringing a qualifier to Cane Creek for a while, but didn’t feel he had all the logistics in place.
“I didn’t feel I could do it unless we did it right,” he said. “I think it has an opportunity to turn into a really big event because … college coaches look at these things.
“I love doing events for the kids, but everywhere I’ve been there was tons of juniors golf. For some reason, this area, there’s not that many playing; they play other sports. I’m hoping doing an event like this, it’ll spark some interest. I would think any current (high school) player or anybody wanting to try out for high school, this is a perfect opportunity to see how you stack up against local competition.”
Entry fee for the event is $60 a player, which includes AAU registration, and the field is limited to the first 96 players. In the run-up to the tournament, Szuch is offering unlimited practice rounds and a $40 player/parent special.
Registration forms are available at the Cane Creek pro shop. Deadline for entries is June 20.
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