“Final plans are in place for the State Tournament for the Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic (IIAJC), also known as the Big “I” Junior Classic, which is sponsored nationally by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA),” announced Brian Durkin, State IIAJC chairman, of the Durkin Agency Inc.
The State IIAJC qualifying tournament will be hosted by The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Jersey (IIABNJ) and will take place at Olde York Country Club in Columbus, N.J. on Tuesday, July 6. The event features separate boys’ and girls’ divisions.
The top three finishers in the boys’ and top finisher in the girls’ divisions at the state finals will advance to compete in the National IIAJC tournament finals. The 36th annual IIAJC National Finals will be hosted by the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma on July 25-29, at Dornick Hills Country Club, Ardmore, Okla.
The IIAJC national program began in 1969 and has grown to become the world’s largest golf tournament as well as reportedly one of the most highly anticipated junior golfing events in the country.
Through the years, several of today’s current PGA stars played in the IIAJC as youngsters, including Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller, Casey Martin, David Duval, Hale Irwin and Bill Andrade, who is a two-time IIAJC winner, and many others. Additionally, golf phenom Tiger Woods is a two-time IIAJC champion.
This is the 11th year for the IIAJC girls’ division. More than 1,000 girls have competed nationally each year over the last seven years. Last year, a New Jersey junior golfer took the national championship in the girls division, Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River.
For more information on how to qualify for the State Tournament, contact the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Jersey (IIABNJ) at (609) 587-4333, or visit the Web site at www.iiajc.com for a list of qualifiers in your area.
The IIAJC tournament is open to golfers 18 years of age and under. To be eligible, players must not mark their 19th birthday before July 30, 2004 and must not have started college.
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