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Big I Junior Classic
The 2016 State Tournament in Colorado will be June 23 and June 24, 2016 at Boomerang Links and Highland Hills Golf Course in Greeley. This is a 36-hole, two-day tournament with the first round at Boomerang Links and the second round at Highland Hills, generally.

The top two girls and top two boys will qualify to participate in the Big I National Championship in Sacramento August 1-4, 2016 at the  Del Paso Country Club, site of the 2015 U.S. Senior Open.

• The Colorado Big I state tournament is recognized by the Colorado Golf Association and is on their junior point’s schedule.

• The Big I Junior Classic is open to any golfer who will not turn age 19 on or before the last day of the national tournament (8/4/16) and who has not started college on or before the first day of the national tournament. All players in the boys and girls divisions play from the same tees for their division.

The Big “I” Junior Classic is now known as the Big I Championship.   It was also  formerly the Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic and the Insurance Youth Classic and is the third oldest junior golf event in the United States.   Top junior players from around the nation compete at the local/regional and state levels divisions vying for one of the 162 spots in the national tournament. There will be 108 boys and 54 girls from across the country that will qualify to play in the national tournament.

Past notable national champions and/or Big “I” participants include Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard, Billy Andrade, Bobby Clampett, Beth Bauer, Candi Kung, David Duval, Charles Howell III, Phil Mickelson and Notah Begay III. Some of the past Colorado qualifiers to the national tournament include Jon Lopez, Lee Harris, Paul Berry, Brandon Tomasovich, Steve Ziegler, Ken Coakley, Ryan Anderson, Shea Sena, Brooke Collins, Melissa Martin, Kelly Jacques, Becca Huffer, Ashley Tait, Lindsey Hulwick, Kristin Walla and Dawn Shockley, who won the national long drive competition in 2004. Bethany Buchner of Loveland placed second at the 2008 national tournament, and Jennifer Kupcho placed third in 2015.   For more information on the national Big “I” tournament and the history of the tournament, go to www.bigigolf.com
Certain travel expenses will be reimbursed up to $400, and national entry fees are paid for the top Colorado players by the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado.  A chaperone will either travel with the golfers or meet players at the tournament site. Host families provide housing for the players.

The official practice round is Sunday, July 31.   Players must report/register by 2PM July 31,  so travel will likely beon July 30 so players can participate in the practice round and complete the onsite registration.

The Colorado tournaments are sponsored by the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado and its member Independent Insurance Agents.

 

Big I Junior Classic