Colorado Golf News
Walnut Creek Golf Preserve donates $7,000 to local charities
Funds from 2017 AJGA tournament to go back to community
The Walnut Creek Golf Preserve announced a total donation of $7,000 on Thursday to several local charities. The donation is funded by the American Junior Golf Association’s tournament in June, the Hale Irwin Colorado Junior by Transamerica.
The Walnut Creek Golf Preserve will donate $2,500 each to the Westminster Firefighters Victims Benefit Fund and the Westminster Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association in support of The Wagner Fund. Another $2,000 will be donated to the Westminster Legacy Foundation.
“As honored as we were to host the Hale Irwin Colorado Junior by Transamerica at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, we are even more proud to be able to share our good fortune with three extremely worthy local charities,” said Lance Johnson, Parks Services Manager for the City of Westminster.
The AJGA has partnered with the Colorado Golf Association and the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado with tournaments in the Denver area each year since 2015. The 2017 AJGA tournament was the first year at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, and the tournament will return to the Westminster venue in 2018 and 2019.
In 2017, Hailey Schalk of Erie, Colorado, won the Girls Division less than a month after claiming the individual championship at the Class 3A girls state golf tournament.
About Walnut Creek Golf Preserve
Opened in 1999, Walnut Creek Golf Preserve is owned and operated by the City of Westminster. Named after a creek that traverses the course, this award-winning, 215-acre golf course is sustainably managed to preserve and support wildlife habitat. In fact, Walnut Creek Golf Preserve is home to more than 77 wildlife species as well as a staggering variety of native plants. The course’s naturally pristine landscape, coupled with extensive conversation practices, earned the course the coveted designation of an Audubon International Certified Signature Sanctuary. Walnut Creek’s sweeping mountain views, gently rolling hills, abundance of wildlife, and picturesque wild prairie grasses allows visitors to experience golf the way nature intended.
About the AJGA
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn , Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.