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Blue Ridge Tour ready for 15th season

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By Staff Reports

Registration is now underway for the 15th season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour.  

The schedule includes four golf academies, which focus on instruction in all phases of the game, one “Golf by the Rules” clinic in which the player receives on course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and seven tournaments, including a season-ending two-day tournament. 

Tournament sites for the 2013 season include The Greenbrier Resort,  The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech (Radford,), Fincastle on the Mountain (Bluefield), Wytheville Country Club, Fountain Springs Golf Club (Peterstown, WV), Glen Rochie Country Club (Abingdon), Pulaski Country Club (Pulaski) and Tazewell County Country Club (Pounding Mill). 

Each of these sites offers a challenging 18-hole venue and will provide an excellent setting for the junior golfer to learn game fundamentals and the rules with an opportunity for competition.

Because of the generosity and hospitality of the host clubs and golf courses, the tour continues to grow.  Numerous volunteers from each host site enrich the experience of each event by making the participants feel welcome and important.

The application fee is $25 and includes a BRJGT cap, bag tag, ball mark repair tool and a current USGA Rule Book.  Anyone interested in being a part of the tour can find an application form at area golf courses or on the Web at www.brjgt.com. Questions can be answered by calling (276) 326-2089.

Throughout the history of the tour, the underlying motto has been “building character and sportsmanship through the game of golf.” It is the intention of the tour to not only develop golf skills, but also to use the game of golf as a vehicle to acquire character traits such as discipline, integrity, responsibility and determination to create a better citizen in all areas of life.

Competitive golf has a way of meeting these objectives more than most other activities because of the obligation of each player to play within the rules and to self impose penalties as they occur.

The tour is open to boys and girls up to age 18.  Academies and rules clinics begin in early May and continue through early June.  Tournaments are scheduled for June and July.