JUSTIN THOMAS ANNOUNCES 2017 PRESIDENTS CUP DONATION
Endows AJGA’s ACE Grant
Following a successful first appearance in the Presidents Cup at Liberty National in 2017, Justin Thomas announced on Friday that his $100,000 donation from the Presidents Cup will go toward the endowment of the American Junior Golf Association’s ACE Grant, which will help provide junior golfers from his home state of Kentucky with the opportunity to compete in front of college coaches with the goal of receiving a college golf scholarship. Each year the endowment will be given to a player from the state of Kentucky who has the ability to play golf on a national level, but not the means.
The Justin Thomas ACE Grant endowment further enhances a program which has provided 925 junior golfers with $3.6 million in support which has led to $14.8 million in college scholarships since 2003. Justin Thomas will join a list of other professional golfers who have endowed ACE Grants, including Annika Sorenstam, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy and Erin Walker, Patrick and Justine Reed, Hunter Mahan and Yani Tseng.
Thomas made the announcement from the Strategic Communications / Justin Thomas Junior Championship presented by Phocus, which is in its third year at Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen, Kentucky.
Thomas grew up at Harmony Landing and has served as tournament host for the past three years. Justin’s father, Mike, serves as PGA Master Golf Professional Emeritus at the course and has been instrumental in the planning and organization of the tournament. In 2017, the event won the AJGA’s “Most Improved Award” and accumulated $30,000 in net proceeds supporting the First Tee of Louisville, the Kentucky Junior Golf Foundation and the AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant.