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Langdon hosts national tourney

Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora will be the site of the Nike Golf Junior Championship, which will be held Sept. 1-3.

The tournament will play to 72 of the nation's most accomplished junior players (from ages 12 to 15). The invitation-only tournament marks the final stop in the 2006 Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series. Initiated in 1998 through the American Junior Golf Association, the tournament provides younger players an opportunity to develop their skills and begin their junior golf careers.

Juniors are limited to a maximum combination of five AJGA Open and Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series events per year.

The event brings together the top-five boys and top-three girls from each Nike Golf Junior All-Star series event, creating a field of the top national junior golfers. Many of the participants have already used Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series events to propel themselves into success in other AJGA tournaments.

Nicole Koller of Lewisburg, Ky., finished fifth at the Houchens Industries Junior Open in August after medaling at the Srixon qualifier to earn entry into the Open event. She started the year off with a win at the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville.

Cory Whitsett of Houston, is the front-runner in the boys division with two AJGA victories this season. The 2010-graduate won the AJGA's first event ever held in Mexico, the Nike Golf Junior Classic hosted by Zona Norte, and the Dodge/Bob Estes Abilene Junior.

Evan Beck of Virginia Beach, Va., won the Nike Golf Junior at Quad Cities and finished tied for second at the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville. He finished tied for 13th at the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands, successfully competing against a field of older, more experienced golfers.

Sam Braver of Roswell, Ga., claimed his victory at the Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau and tied for third at the Nike Golf Junior at Fort Myers. He finished tied for fourth in the Georgia High School Association state golf tournament.

Will Ovenden of Spartanburg, S.C., is known for his wins at the Carolinas Junior, Carolinas Amateur and Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational alongside a victory at the Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees and two other Nike Golf Junior top-six finishes.

The tournament practice round takes place Friday, Sept. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at Langdon Farms Golf Club. Tournament play begins Sept. 2 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The second round will follow at 2 p.m. The final round will take place Sept. 3 with tee times starting off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at 8 a.m.

The American Junior Golf Association is the largest association of its kind with a membership of 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love and Mike Weir.