Warm up to Dallas’ Hottest (and oldest) Golf Tournament

This summer, Lakewood’s real estate pro, Scott Jackson, of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, is busy on the fairways, helping his fellow members at The Exchange Club of East Dallas warm up for the Dallas Junior Golf Championship, the oldest tournament in Dallas.

It all began in 1924 when Jere Hayes, the sportswriter for the Dallas Times Herald, began to put together a contest that would allow kids to play in a golf tournament regardless of socioeconomic level, athletic abilities, or skill level. Golf “for all youngsters” that was his mission. The tournament played over an entire week and a champion in each age division was crowned and received a trophy. With a few moderations, the tournament is still true to his vision 87 years later.

This month, the winner of each flight will be the Junior City Champion of his or her division for 2012. The names of the winners will be added to the Jack and Jean Evans Trophy. Past champions include Don January, Ralph Guldahl, Chip Stewart, Larry Thomas, Nancy Hager and Robbie Skinner.

“This year we are extremely excited that our champs will automatically qualify for the Texas Junior Golf Championship. This is great news, both a boy and a girl will receive a well earned and prestigious spot,” says Stan Haddock, Chairman of the Dallas Junior Golf Tournament.

This tournament is the Exchange Club of East Dallas main fundraiser. This event reflects the club’s mission to pursue programs that benefit public school kids in need in all East Dallas.

“We work hard all year long to make this the top notch sporting event that it has become. Of course my favorite part is watching the outstanding sportsmanship of these enthusiastic young golfers both on and off the course,” says Scott Jackson, Exchange Club volunteer and Dave Perry-Miller Associate.

Be sure to catch the action this July 11-13, 2012, Tenison Park Golf Course. “Fore” information, visit www.dallasjuniorgolfchampionship.com.

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