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Deep Field At PGA Junior Series Event At Kearney Hill Golf Links

Lexington, KY – The PGA Junior Series is excited to be back in familiar territory this week. Starting on Tuesday June 8th, the 2010 PGA Junior Series will be starting its second tournament of the summer at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Ky.

This stop has become a highlight for the series since it was established in 1996 with having a tournament at Kearney Hill Golf Links over ten times. The golf course is a great design and always brings top juniors from around the country.

This week’s field is highlighted by one of the best junior golfers in the country. Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., who is the 16th ranked junior golfer according to Golfweek, is hoping to win a PGA Junior Series title in his home state.

He will be up against Ryan Zech of Kearney, Mo., who is hot off is victory last week in the opening PGA Junior Series event in Memphis, Tenn. Zech shot a solid 3-under-par 210 to win by six strokes last week.

For the Girls’ 16-18 Division, last year’s winner Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City, Tenn., is returning to the tournament in hopes for a repeat to the winner’s circle.

In the Boys’ 13-15 Division, 2009 PGA Junior Series Player of the Year Colton Wiggins of Indiana, Pa., is back at it hoping for another solid season.

The three day tournament will feature 168 players from 14 different states. The field is broken down into four divisions, two girls and two boys, with ages ranging from 13-18.

The boy’s 16-18 and overall girl winner will each earn a spot in 35th Junior PGA Championship held later this summer at Sycamore Hills Golf Club Aug 2-5 in Fort Wayne, Ind. as well as a spot in the Junior World Championship held in San Diego, Calif. in July.

This summer will also feature points awarded to the top-10 finishers who are American citizens at the nine PGA Junior Series events. These points help players to qualify for the 7th Junior Ryder Cup held in late September in Gleneagles, Scotland. The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team will be comprised of six boys and six girls who are American citizens and members of the high school graduating class of 2011, or younger.

The players this week will be playing on a golf course that has been rated in the top ten in the state of Kentucky and designed by two famous architects, Pete and P.B. Dye. It has very few trees and with its Scottish links style layout, wind will be a big factor during the tournament.

Besides from hosting multiple PGA Junior Series events over the last fifteen years, Kearney Hill has hosted the 2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship as well as Senior PGA Tour tournaments.

The PGA Junior Series is the premier junior circuit in the country hosting tournaments across the country for the entire summer. It features excellent junior golfers at top golf facilities every week. The mission of the PGA Junior Series is to promote the enjoyment of golf by junior golfers through affordable and competitive playing opportunities in professionally supervised events organized by the PGA of America and supported by PGA Professionals. In its fifteenth year it has conducted 154 events in 41 states.


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