Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic Returns to Longbow Golf Club March 27
By: Randy Policar
03/18/13 7:37 AM
The 15th annual Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club is set to tee off March 27th, at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. This top-tier national junior golf competition staged by the American Junior Golf Association will allow Arizona’s top junior golfers, ages 12-18, the opportunity to showcase their skills against the nation’s best players. The Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club, a 54-hole stroke play competition, has been a mainstay on the AJGA schedule since 1999 when Hunter Mahan, now a PGA TOUR professional and AJGA National Chairman, took home the trophy in the Boys Division. In total, 144 juniors will have the opportunity to compete during the Easter weekend event.
AJGA Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament
During the tournament week, some of the top juniors who will be participating in the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club will also take part in the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament Thursday, March 28th. The Junior-Am will be a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Longbow Golf Club. An excellent opportunity to entertain clients, reward employees or enjoy a tournament round with some friends, the Junior-Am allows amateurs to play a competitive round of golf with future stars of the game. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, Charles Howell III, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Grace Park are just a few of the thousands of talented players who participated in AJGA Junior-Ams when they were teenagers. Supporting golf at the grassroots level, Junior-Ams allow the AJGA to make contributions to local junior golf charities and programs in hosting communities. In 2012, the proceeds of the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club Junior-Am will benefit the AJGA Foundation, The First Tee of Phoenix, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and SWSPGA Junior Golf Programs.
The tournament practice round will be a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Thursday. First and second-round tee times will be off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees from 7 – 8:39 a.m. for the first wave and 11:30 a.m. – 1:09 p.m., Friday, and Saturday. After a 36-hole cut, the final round will go off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees, Sunday. An awards ceremony will immediately follow final-round play. Spectators are welcome and admission is free of charge. About Heather Farr
Heather Farr started playing golf at age eight, and once she started, no one could stop her. At age 13, Farr won her first of four Arizona Women’s Amateur titles. She then went on to garner wins at the second-annual Polo Golf Junior Classic in 1979 and the 1982 Rolex Tournament of Champions.
As a junior, she captured a total of 12 national junior tournament crowns and finished runner-up six times by age 17. To recognize Farr’s accomplishments on the course, she earned Rolex Junior Player of the Year honors in 1980 and 1982 and was named a Rolex Junior All-American five times.
As an amateur, she was the co-medalist at the 1981 Women’s Amateur and the low amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open in 1983.
After her junior career, she continued to shine, becoming a two-time All-American and three-time All-Conference performer at Arizona State University.
Other prestigious honors listed on Farr’s resume include being a member of the 1984 Curtis Cup and World Amateur Teams. She also qualified for the LPGA Tour in October 1985 at the age of 20, becoming the youngest to do so at the time.
As a professional in 1988, Farr tied for third at the season-opening Mazda Classic and collected six top-10 finishes. In 1989, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24. Farr was practicing for a comeback on Tour in the fall of 1990 when she discovered a recurrence of cancer in the back of her skull and on her vertebrae.
Throughout her four-and-a-half-year battle with the disease, she endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant. Heather lost her battle on November 20, 1993.
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