October 15, 2019  

The Gator Invitational Junior Championship is excited to announce that applications are now open for the 8th annual Gator to be hosted at The Country Club of Jackson, March 13-15, 2020.  

The goal of The Gator is to provide an opportunity for the best juniors in the world to play on a PGA Tour golf course, experience first class southern hospitality, and compete versus one of the strongest fields in junior golf.  

For 2020, we have expanded our event from 36 to 54 holes and will now be included as a ranked event in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).  This is in addition to already being included in the SPWAR, Golfweek/Sagarin, and Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS) rankings.  Additionally, the champion of The Gator will receive exemptions into the South Beach International Amateur, Dogwood Invitational,  Magnolia Amateur, and a number of other prestigious events.  

As a still relatively new event to the junior golf scene, The Gator has been really excited to see many of our past participants begin to have success at the highest levels of golf.  2014 top 5 finisher Andy Ogletree was the winner of this year’s US Amateur at Pinehurst.  Our only back-to-back winner, Braden Thornberry, went on to an NCAA Individual title, a McCormack Medal and is currently competing on the Korn Ferry Tour.  Hayden Buckley secured his first professional win on the MacKenzie tour this year and is joined by almost a dozen other players from our early year events who have begun their journey to play professional golf.  

We welcome you to submit an application.  Our final field will be determined based upon exemptions and priority levels.  The application deadline is January 13, 2020 and the final invitations will be sent out by January 17, 2020.  

The Gator is supported locally by our membership and business community, and provides financial support to the First Tee of Central MS, as well as the Junior Golf Association at the CCJ.

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