Teenagers Competing in the Maryland Golf Tournament

Seven teenagers from Maryland compete in the UHY Baltimore Junior at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville. It is a qualifying and opening national championship of the American Junior Golf Association. The American Junior Golf Association Qualifier takes place Monday and the UHY Baltimore Junior Championship takes place Tuesday through Thursday. Charlie Klaers, 16, of Towson, is a Loyola Blakefield student looking to qualify for the UHY Baltimore Junior. Most of the events take place in California and Texas, so Charlie is excited to play the tournament in his own backyard. a good way to play. I’ve played this course a few times now, so I should be able to play pretty well with no excuses to play badly, so it should be good,” Klaers said. It’s actually one of the only tournaments we have in Maryland. So without that, all of those Maryland kids would be missed. They have no other opportunities and many of them cannot travel far. So it’s really important to try and find those centers where we can get the most kids from that area to a place that’s not too far of a drive for them,” said tournament coordinator Kelly Schuler. And not only is the tournament fun, but it gives players potential exposure to college scouts. “It’s definitely a big deal. It’s been one of my dreams to play college golf, so if there’s an opportunity to expose myself to college coaches, then that’s a big deal,” said Klaers said. “We have college scouts at all of our tournaments,” Schuler said. I had kids who went to college (Division) I from all of our tournaments, and even then we now have people going pro straight from AJGA. So, I think it’s, like, all these kids know this could be in their future and this is just one step closer to that.

Seven teenagers from Maryland compete in the UHY Baltimore Junior at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville.

This is an American Junior Golf Association qualifying tournament and open championship.

The American Junior Golf Association qualifier takes place on Monday and the UHY Baltimore Junior Championship takes place Tuesday through Thursday.

Charlie Klaers, 16, of Towson, is a Loyola Blakefield student looking to qualify for UHY Baltimore Junior.

Most of the events take place in California and Texas, so Charlie is excited to play the tournament in his own backyard.

“It’s a good way to play. I’ve played this course a few times now, so I should be able to play pretty well with no excuses for playing badly, so it should be good,” Klaers said.

“It’s actually one of our only tournaments that we have in Maryland. So without it, all of those kids in Maryland would miss all of us. They don’t have other opportunities and a lot of them don’t can’t travel far. So it’s really important to try and find those hubs where we can get the most kids from that area to a place that’s not too far of a drive for them,” Kelly said. Schuler, tournament coordinator.

And not only is the tournament fun, but it gives players potential exposure to college scouts.

“It’s definitely a big deal. It’s been one of my dreams to play college golf, so if there’s an opportunity to expose myself to college coaches, then that’s a big deal,” said Klaers said.

“We have college scouts at all of our tournaments,” Schuler said. “We’ve had kids going to college (Division) I from all of our tournaments, and even then now we have people going pro straight from AJGA. So I think it’s, like, all these kids know this could be in their future and this is just one more step towards it.”

The tournament raises funds for players to participate in golf programs to help them obtain college scholarships.