FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA – (October 17, 2023) – The Gauntlet Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia, hosted the highly-anticipated AJGA Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 25th. The event, sponsored by the Stafford VA Economic Development Authority and Tour Stafford VA, featured Junior-Am Golfers from across the US and 7 countries. This year’s tournament was a resounding success, uniting the community for a charitable cause and creating a positive economic impact in the Stafford region.
The AJGA Golf Tournament is an annual event that not only promotes the sport of golf but also extends a helping hand to local charities. This year, the benefiting charities included Special Olympics Virginia – Area 11 and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Fredericksburg. The event proved to be a powerful fundraising platform, raising over $24,950 for these deserving organizations.
Tourism Director Lisa Logan expressed her enthusiasm for the event, saying, “We were delighted to see such a great turnout at the AJGA Golf Tournament. It’s heartwarming to witness our community come together to raise money for charities that are important to the region. The tournament not only showcases our beautiful county, but also boosts our local economy.”
The economic impact of the AJGA Golf Tournament on Stafford County is significant. Local businesses, hotels, restaurants, and shops benefited from the influx of 96 participants, their families, and volunteers totaling over 271 new visitors with an estimated $194,000 economic impact. This event showcases the beautiful Gauntlet Golf Club and the Stafford region, further bolstering its reputation as a premier tourism destination. Beyond the local businesses, the tournament also provided volunteer opportunities and contributed to the tourism sector.
Howard Owen, EDA Chairman, highlighted the economic impact of the tournament, stating, “The AJGA Golf Tournament brings more than just golf enthusiasts to our region; it brings economic growth and prosperity. We are proud to support an event that contributes to the growth of Stafford County while making a positive impact on our local charities.”
Checks totaling $24,950 were presented to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Fredericksburg and Special Olympics Virginia – Area 11 on Tuesday, October 17, at the Stafford County Board of Supervisors meeting. Both organizations will be receiving $12,475 each, a true testament to the generosity and community spirit that this tournament fosters.
About Tour Stafford, Virginia:
Tour Stafford, Virginia is Stafford County, Virginia’s official destination marketing organization (DMO). As the official destination marketing organization of Stafford County, our mission is to promote, solicit and encourage tourism and business travel through marketing and media services that enhance economic activity and quality of life within the Stafford region. For more information on Tour Stafford, Virginia visit www.TourStaffordVA.com and follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
About Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA):
The Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA), is an appointed board of 7 members, who support the Stafford County Department of Economic Development providing additional business resources to encourage healthy economic growth and business retention in Stafford. The EDA offers business loan programs, develops vacant and underused properties in Stafford, and supports programs within the county and region that reflect positive economic opportunity and business needs.
For more information on Stafford’s Economic Development and the Stafford EDA, visit www.GoStaffordVA.com and www.StaffordEDA.com, and follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or get connected through the monthly business newsletter.
About American Junior Golf Association (AJGA):
The AJGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.