Economic Development

Junior Golf Tournament Brings $358K to Economy

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation’s American Junior Golf Association Junior All-Star Tournament at Mill Creek Golf Course, held the week of June 16, brought $358,458 to the area economy, Mill Creek MetroParks reported. The three-year total impact of the tournament has been $1,486,472.

The economic impact includes lodging for families and AJGA representatives, car rentals and entertainment spending. In addition, an $11,000 donation was made to the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation and AJGA Ace Grant, which came from moneys raised for the AJGA tournament and junior-amateur event on the Monday prior to the main event. To date, the golf association event has also raised over $43,000 for local charities.

This year’s tournament hosted 132 junior competitors, including six junior players who earned their spot in a regional qualifying event form a field of 100 players. 

Over 150 volunteers, 37 college coaches and a dozen staff and interns from the AJGA were also in attendance. 

Sophia Sarrazin, of Westport, Conn., was the female champion coming in at one over par and Jackson Finney, of Louisville, Kent., was the male champion with a score of seven under par for the week. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.