GARDEN CITY, Kansas– 120 kids from 25 states and seven countries are competing in Garden City’s AJGA tournament this week. The hope is to be noticed by college recruiters.
“We want these kids to be able to continue their education and their golf career,” said Tournament Director Mitch Moon.
Last year’s winner Courtney Dow has already signed to play at Texas A&M, but says she’s happy to be back in Garden.
“This is one that I told my dad at the beginning of the summer, I was like I have to go back to Kansas!” she said.
She isn’t the only one. Garden City’s municipal course Buffalo Dunes is bringing in more and more noteworthy tournaments. Most recently an LPGA qualifying tour and in 2017 a national collegiate tournament.
When added together all of the golf tournaments hosted in Garden City each year bring in about one million dollars in economic impact, plus it’s putting Garden City golf on the map.
“It’s an opportunity for us to showcase what we have, not only our golf courses, but what we have in southwest Kansas,” said Larry Johnson with Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The well-kept, challenging courses are great for the athletes.
“It’s cool to get to play different types of courses and it’s obviously always in great shape,” Dow said.
Moon says that Midwest hospitality makes the decision to come back an easy one.
“We have the support to be able to run this event out here and it’s nice to have the community so much involved,” he said.