Fundraising event kicks off Lipari Energy Junior Championship

Sunday was the Junior Amateur Fundraising event at the Crooked Creek Golf Club in London. The sponsor-driven charity event partners local amateur golfers with players from the American Junior Golf Association. It also serves as a prelude to the second annual Lipari Energy Junior Championship Tuesday through Thursday.

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The sounds of golf filled the air Sunday as golfers with the American Junior Golf Association partnered up with local players to raise money for charity.

“Coming to these other towns and helping them, it's just so great, and we're so grateful for this opportunity to play, help others and help ourselves as well,” says Julia Calbi, a junior golfer.

The thousands raised are given to organizations that use the money to help young golfers and other youth activities.

“They give money to junior golfers who may not be able to afford to play in these events, so it gives them an opportunity to play on the national stage and hopefully get a college golf scholarship,” says Ryan Flanagan, the tournament coordinator.

The tournament itself is organized by folks with the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission. They say the event generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local economy.

“Every parent here spends about a thousand dollars while they are in town for the week. They get hotels, they eat at our local restaurants, [and] they have rental cars. They are just putting a lot of fresh new money into our local economy,” says Rodney Hendrickson, of the London-Laurel Co. Tourist Commission.

The second annual Lipari Energy Junior Championship begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday. There will also be a practice round on Monday. Organizers say the public is welcome to come and watch, free of charge.

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The two groups receiving the money raised Sunday are a foundation with Lipari Energy and the American Junior Golf Association's Achieving Competitive Excellence Program. Organizers say Lipari Energy uses its money primarily for youth activities in the eastern Kentucky coal fields.


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