American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex Tournament of Champions to be Held at Reynolds Lake Oconee Summer 2016

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Hosting Prestigious Junior Golf Tournament Underscores Strength of Golf Amenities at Reynolds Lake Oconee According to Real Estate Expert Marian Schaffer of Southeast Discovery

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Reynolds Lake Oconee was the perfect choice for The Rolex Tournament of Champions, and will bring families from all over the world and provide priceless positive exposure for this family-oriented community.

The Rolex Tournament of Champions, a by-invitation-only junior golf event, will be played on the Great Waters course, one of the six golf courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee, on June 28-July 1, 2016. Begun in 1978, the Rolex Tournament of Champions is one of the two longest-running American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events in the world. Past winners include three-time victor Phil Mickelson, two-time winner Beth Bauer, Inbee Park, David Duval, Heather Farr, Charles Howell III, Morgan Pressel, Webb Simpson.

“Reynolds Lake Oconee has been named to numerous ‘best of’ golf lists including Forbes '12 Best Golf Resorts in the World’,” said Marian Schaffer, founder of Southeast Discovery, a real estate consulting firm specializing in guiding Baby Boomers with their real estate needs in the niche markets of retirement, relocation and second homes in the Southeast region. “This is another testimony to the strength of their golf program.”

The Rolex Tournament of Champions is an AJGA national event for boys and girls, ages 12-18. The non-profit AJGA organization is dedicated to the growth and development of young golfers and also provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships. Its membership includes more than 6,500 boys and girls, ages 12-18 from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours.

The field, determined by the proprietary Polo Golf Rankings system which takes into account wins and top finishes in national events, will include a number of Rolex Junior All-Americans who are determined each October using the rankings. The 2015 Rolex Junior Players of the Year champions, Hannah O’Sullivan of Chandler, Arizona and Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana, set 72-hole scoring records on the Crosswater Course at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Barbaree posted a 24-under-par 264 in the Boys Division, and O’Sullivan finished at 14-under-par 274 in the Girls Division.

Mark Lammi, vice president of golf operations at Reynolds Lake Oconee said the young players in the Rolex Tournament of Champions are the stars and leaders of the next generation of golfers, and hosting the tournament was another way to enhance the community’s commitment to engage young people in the game of golf.

Developed by the Reynolds family over 25 years ago, the resort and residential community of Reynolds Lake Oconee features six award-winning championship golf courses, comprehensive man-made amenities, as well as a lakefront 251-room Ritz Carlton resort on property. The 10,000-acre master-planned community is situated along the shores of 19,000-acre Lake Oconee 80 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia.

“The Rolex Tournament of Champions will bring families from all over the world to Reynolds Lake Oconee and is priceless positive exposure for this family-oriented community,” said Schaffer. “Reynolds Lake Oconee was the perfect choice for the tournament.”

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