The life of one junior golfer will change forever on July 2, 2020 when he is crowned as the champion of the inaugural Barbasol Junior Championship. The impact is not limited to just the winner, however, as junior golf in Kentucky, all competitors in the field, and the Barbasol Championship will all be heavily impacted in some form.
2020 will be the Barbasol Championship’s third year in Kentucky, but the addition of the Barbasol Junior adds an element that only one other PGA Tour event can say the same for; a junior competition where the winner earns an exemption to play against the best golfers in the world directly afterwards. The Puerto Rico Open started the concept with the Puerto Rico Junior Open as a part of the AJGA schedule. The Barbasol Junior will be operated through the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour and thus make Kentucky’s premier outlet for junior golfers the only one in the country with a clear pathway towards qualifying for a PGA Tour event.
“This championship is going to have a huge amount of significance to Kentucky PGA Junior Tour players,” said Ray Moehlman, Director of Junior Golf at Golf House Kentucky. “Junior golfers native to Kentucky that aspire to play in nationally-ranked junior competitions will have one in their own backyard. Many kids are able to travel the nation to play in these types of events so to be able to reside in the same state as one of these will give junior golfers in Kentucky even more motivation to play golf and tournament golf on our Tour.”
The pathway for Kentucky PGA Junior Tour members is simple. Acquire a membership, play in tournaments to build up tournament experience while certain events along the way offer a fast track to a coveted Barbasol Junior exemption. The winner of the Boys Overall Division in the 2020 Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship at Gibson Bay Golf Course on June 3-4 will earn an automatic invitation. One week later at Boone’s Trace National Golf Club, the Battle at Boone’s Trace on June 10-11 will also serve as a qualifier for the Barbasol Junior when the top six finishers in the Boys Overall Division receive a spot in the tournament field.
The Barbasol Championship meanwhile adds an extremely unique element to its persona that will draw more eyeballs to Keene Trace Golf Club next July. As the state of Kentucky bolsters its support and interest of the Barbasol Championship each year, having the Barbasol Junior Championship will create more excitement about top-notch competitive golf in the state during the summer.
“We believe the Barbasol Junior Championship will draw international attention to Kentucky, the Barbasol Championship and Keene Trace and we are honored to produce this tournament and host the best junior players in our state,” said Bryan Pettigrew, Tournament Director of the Barbasol Championship. “Golf House Kentucky brought the idea to the Barbasol Championship – it was a unique idea and intriguing way of attracting some of the best junior golfers from around the world to Kentucky. The state is known for its hospitality and hosting big sporting events and we look forward to showing off Keene Run at Keene Trace Golf Club to the best junior golfers in the world.”
With the tournament nearly six months away, junior golfers should begin planning their tournament schedules to include the prestigious event. Entry into the Barbasol Junior Championship is restricted to amateur boys who have not reached their 19th birthday on or before July 2, 2020. The list of possible ways to qualify can be found by clicking here. Tournament applications can be submitted beginning in January with June 1, 2020 being the deadline day to submit an application.