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Looking Ahead to the NHGA Junior Golf Tour
Author: Kate Kellar
February 27th 2017 - Concord, NH –  With the golf season about a month away, the New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) is excited to announce this year’s NHGA Junior Golf Tour information.  Previously known as the Adaptive Communications Junior Tour, the 2017 NHGA Junior Tour and Junior Tour Scholarship will be supported through the generosity of the Thorpe Family Foundation. 
 
Steve Thorpe and his company Adaptive Communications were the title sponsor of the Junior Tour for two years before Adaptive Communications was acquired by Optiv Security.  Through the Thorpe Family Foundation, Steve and his family will continue to support the Junior Tour and will once again be providing a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Junior Tour member that will be attending college in the coming year.  The first-ever Junior Tour Scholarship was awarded to Dawson Campbell (Newport CC) who currently attends Johnson and Wales University.
 
“I feel very fortunate to be able to help sponsor the NH Junior Tour.  Golf has played an important role in the lives of many of my family members, friends, and employees.  The sport teaches core values of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship which are very often lacking in today’s society.  It’s truly a game for a lifetime and spending time on a golf course with those closest to you is a special gift that should never be taken for granted”, says Steve Thorpe of his continued support and passion for the game.

Thorpe is proud of the work the NHGA has done with the NHGA Junior Tour saying, “The NHGA has done a wonderful job in developing the Junior Tour and making the sport of golf available and affordable to the youth of NH. I look forward to continuing to support their efforts going forward.”

The relationship between the New Hampshire Golf Association and the Thorpe family has been growing since Adaptive Communications first came onboard with the NHGA Junior Tour in 2015.  In 2016 they funded the first-ever Junior Scholarship.  Though Adaptive Communications was recently acquired by Optiv, Steve did not want to discontinue the support; he felt that the Thorpe Family Foundation would be a great fit to continue the relationship and grow the game.
 
NHGA Executive Director, Matt Schmidt, stated, “We’re overwhelmed by the continued generosity of Steve and the entire Thorpe family. The way that they’ve embraced the NHGA and junior golf in New Hampshire is a testament to all the good things that golf can do for our young people. We’re thrilled to have support that will allow us to continue to provide playing opportunities for young men and women and to usher in a new generation of Granite State golfers.”
 
The NHGA Junior Tour schedule has been released and registration for events is open.  Any player wishing to participate in the Junior Tour must register for a Junior Tour Membership and will receive a personalized bag tag, sleeve of golf balls, and golf towel. 
 
This year, any player age 18 or younger on June 24th is eligible for every event on the Junior Tour schedule.  With the addition of those 18 years of age, the Eagle A ages will be 16-18 and Eagle B will be 13-15.  More information about the NHGA Junior Golf Tour can be found under the Junior Golf tab of the New Hampshire Golf Association website: www.nhgolfassociation.org.
 
About the NHGA Junior Golf Tour
Founded in 1998, the NHGA has strived to create a junior program that creates playing opportunities for players of all skill levels and abilities. The program is structured to provide opportunities for junior golf development through fair competition, while encouraging proper course etiquette and good sportsmanship through playing and enjoying the game of golf.  The Junior Tour is open to girls and boys ages 10-18 and is broken down into two divisions, the Birdie and Eagle divisions.  The NHGA Junior Golf Tour is sponsored by the Thorpe Family Foundation.
 
About the NHGA Junior Golf Tour Scholarship
Since 2016, the NHGA has been able to award a scholarship to an alumnus of the Junior Tour that is attending college.  The Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Thorpe Family Foundation.  Steve Thorpe has been a proud supporter of the NHGA Junior Tour in the past through his company, Adaptive Communications.  Candidates for the scholarship should demonstrate talent in the classroom and ethics on the golf course.  More information on the scholarship and how to apply can be found here: http://www.nhgolfassociation.org/scholarship.html
 
 

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