FOR RELEASE: October 27, 2020
JAGA & NORTHERN PGA CHAPTER FORCED TO
POSTPONE 2021 CELEBRATION OF GOLF BANQUET
JACKSONVILLE, FL – JAGA and the Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA announced today that circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis have forced the co-hosting organizations to postpone the 2021 Celebration of Golf banquet that was scheduled to be held once again in February.
JAGA and the PGA are planning for the banquet to return to the area golf calendar in early 2022.
Many of the award winners and people who would have been honored by their sponsoring organization will be recognized either in 2021 and/or at the 2022 dinner.
“With the coronavirus still very active and its future uncertain, it was pretty clear to those on the Celebration of Golf committee that it would be unwise to announce and attempt to host such a large gathering,” said JAGA president Randy Nader and Northern Chapter PGA president Matt Borocz. “We know it is the right decision based on the current environment and the well-being of those who support the event. We can all look forward to celebrating North Florida golf together again in February 2022.”
The Celebration of Golf is co-sponsored by the Jacksonville Area Golf Association (JAGA) and the Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA, and supported by the Jacksonville Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee of North Florida and the North Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association.
It is organized by a team of JAGA and PGA Chapter members – chairman Michael McKenny (Timuquana), Richie Bryant (Pablo Creek) and Duke Butler III (TPC Sawgrass).
First held in 2013, the banquet annually brings together people from all facets of the golf community – players, leaders, promoters, supporters, clubs, volunteers, pros, amateurs, superintendents and organizations – to recognize and honor those who have made contributions to area golf, both on the golf course and off.
Among the key groups who annually attend are the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation, the PGA TOUR, THE PLAYERS Championship, with many of its Redcoats in attendance, along with area golf clubs, officials and friends of golf in North Florida.
The 2020 banquet was held at TPC Sawgrass for the first time. It was a sellout affair for the fifth year in a row.
NEXT UP FOR JAGA…
Here are the next three events on the JAGA tournament schedule:
Nov. 23 – CLUB TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP at Jacksonville G&CC
Dec. 19 – THE FAMILY CHAMPIONSHIP at Jax Beach GC
Jan. 16-18 – JAGA FIRST COAST AMATEUR at The Conservatory at Hammock Beach Resort
For entry and other information on these events, go to: www.jaxareagolf.org and click on the respective tournament on the JAGA Schedule.
Established in 1954, JAGA celebrates its 67th year in 2020. It is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of approximately 40-member golf clubs located in Northeast Florida. JAGA’s mission is to promote golf and goodwill through tournaments and related events and activities. It conducts 11 tournaments, including six championship events and five others that feature team formats. JAGA has a charitable arm that manages a scholarship program which currently provides college funding for 27 area students. Since 1974, the program has generated approximately $1.8 million in financial aid to approximately 375 students.
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Contact: Jeff Adams