The Gauntlet Golf Club receives Virginia Tourism Corporation funds to support upcoming AJGA Tournament
Together the Gauntlet Golf Club and Stafford County Tourism will host the Tour Stafford Junior All-Star Tournament
STAFFORD, VIRGINIA – July 29, 2022 – The Gauntlet Golf Club, located in Stafford County, has received $8,804.25 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Sports Marketing Incentive Program. These funds are to support The Gauntlet Golf Club as they host the upcoming American Junior Golf Association Tour Stafford Junior All-Star Tournament.
In total, VTC awarded $1.45 million for 83 local and regional event incentives specifically targeted at attracting new meetings and competitive sporting events to spur economic activity and travel across the Commonwealth. These funds are part of the $50 million ARPA appropriation recommended during the August 2021 Special General Assembly Session to assist in the revitalization of Virginia’s tourism industry to overcome the negative impact of COVID-19.
“Sports events and meetings are vital to the tourism industry,” said Rita McClenny, President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “This appropriation is an opportunity to assist these organizations with their continued recovery efforts and help drive increased visitation and revenue generation.”
Stafford County Tourism attracted the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) event to play at the Gauntlet, a P.B. Dye designed 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course.
“Gauntlet Golf Club has been committed to youth golf development for the past 18 years,” said Karman Miller, Director of Membership Services, Marketing and Events for The Gauntlet Golf Club. “ We are thrilled to partner with the Stafford County Economic Development and Tourism and the Stafford EDA to bring the most prestigious junior tour in the country to our course with the Tour Stafford Junior All-Star Tournament. The awarded grant will be used to elevate the event with a giant LED screen used to showcase player stats, leaderboards, local business sponsors and more. This is one of many events hosted by New Direction Golf Management facilities this year to raise funds for local organizations and to grow the game of golf in our area. We hope to continue our partnership with AJGA and Stafford County for years to come, bringing in more tourism revenue and growing the game for future generations.”
The tournament week begins with the Stafford Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament on Sunday, August 14, 2022, sponsored by the Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA). The Junior-Am fundraising efforts will benefit the Stafford Education Foundation, Stafford Junction, and the AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant.
“The Tour Stafford Junior All-Star Tournament with the AJGA and the Stafford Junior-Am offer a wonderful opportunity to highlight Stafford County and generate funds for some very special local charities,” said John Holden, Director of Stafford County Economic Development and Tourism.
The EDA continues to seek partners, sponsors, and volunteers to participate in the fundraising tournament. Individuals or teams can sign up to play with future golf professional and college athlete as each team of three will be paired with a junior athlete playing in the Junior All-Star Tournament later that week. The tournament is shamble style and includes an opportunity to win a car with a hole-in-one on hole six thanks to our local sponsor Team Pohanka (Nissan of Stafford, Nissan of Fredericksburg, and Hyundai of Fredericksburg). Details and information to participate in the Stafford Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament can be found by visiting www.TourStaffordVA.com/Junior-Pro-Am.