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TG2: What’s it really like to play in an AJGA event in 2018?

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GolfWRX Editor Andrew Tursky reports back from a local AJGA event where he observed how the AJGA has changed in the past 10 years since he played. Also, Tursky and Equipment expert Brian Knudson make their picks for the 2018 PGA Championship, and they investigate the new Fujikura Evolution shafts and Cleveland RTX4 wedges.

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  1. someone

    Aug 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    When will you post transcripts? For the love of golf…there’s gotta be some dictation software by now that can do the transcript for you.

  2. Pro Man

    Aug 9, 2018 at 9:31 am

    My kids both did AJGA, as did I many moons ago (I played college and pro). Looking back on it, I do not like what it has become, but it’s a necessary evil for some. The good is for the Top 25 colleges, they get to see who stands out at the national level. Those kids need what the AJGA is. The problem is pretty much everyone else. It’s extremely expensive. To be ranked in JGS you have to play in AJGA events. It’s better to finish 40th in an AJGA than win your state junior or make the US Junior. There is a huge slant towards those that quit other sports early and focus on getting stars starting at age 13. There is a huge slant towards kids in CA, TX, NC, GA, and FL where more events are played. The AJGA also backdoors kids from the “academies” into their events. All this makes it extremely tough for kids that love the game but don’t have the money to travel, want to play other sports, or live anywhere outside the “golf” states. They get caught in a place where they can’t go all in on AJGA, nor can they ignore it. Frankly the AJGA needs to get smaller, and try to serve a smaller portion of kids. Rather than expand as it currently is. This will keep the AJGA as the top rung, but fill those regional and state tournaments that are cheaper and easier for kids to get to. But with the head of the AJGA making $800k, I doubt that in their plans.

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