Junior golf tournament brings business to Garden City

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – AJGA tournaments host young golfers from around the world, helping them build up their skills for college.

“It’s a lot of fun!” said 15 year old Emma Whitaker.  “Golf has really taken me to a lot of places, met a lot of new people, and learned a lot.”

For these kids one of those places is Garden City, and it’s a partnership that is going well in its second year.

“A lot of people are really getting behind this event,” said Tournament Director Rob Doone.  “It’s really great to see that we’re able to give the economic impact that [Garden City] wants.”

“Last year was probably about a half a million dollars for the community, and it’s not just the hoteliers that benefit from an event like this.  It’s the restaurants, it’s shopping, it’s everyone in the community,” said Larry Johnson, Event Coordinator for the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

That was with 96 athletes competing, this year they’re hosting 120.

With all of those players, plus their families and tournament staff, Garden City could be looking at as much as $600,000 in revenues.

AJGA has already signed up for their third year at the Dunes.  “It’s a great partnership we’ve developed and we hope to return in years to come,” Doone said.

“It’s always a good course to come back to.  Good girls, good competition, and a fun course to play,” said Whitaker.

Plus, they said the Kansas winds give them an extra challenge to look forward to.

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