There’s a new junior golf tournament next week in Savannah, and the male winner will be rewarded with a spot in the Korn Ferry Tour’s annual event at The Landings Club’s Deer Creek Course in 2022.
Officials of the Club Car Championship at The Landings Club announced on Wednesday that the male division winner of the Sam Burns Classic at The Landings Club will receive an exemption into the Korn Ferry Tour event the week of March 28 – April 3, 2022 in Savannah.
The Sam Burns Classic at The Landings Club is scheduled for July 19-22. It is a new American Junior Golf Association event hosted by Burns, the Savannah pro tournament’s inaugural winner in 2018.
“We are excited to formally be a part of the Sam Burn Classic this year,” said Mark Rickell, Vice President of Sales at Club Car, said in a press release. “The Sam Burns Classic allows us to deepen our relationship with The Landings Club and continue to showcase our vehicles to the local community. Awarding the male division winner entry into the second Club Car Championship will provide some thrilling storylines during the Sam Burns Classic.”
In related news, Club Car and the Club Car Championship at The Landings Club are committed to growing the game of golf, including sponsorship of the AJGA. As a result of their support, Club Car and the tournament receive one exemption each into the Sam Burns Classic. Both partners have identified local youth as their selections.
Mark Greene Jr., 18, who recently graduated from Woodville-Tompkins High School, was selected by the Club Car Championship. Greene is headed to Savannah State on a golf scholarship in the fall. He was also one of only two athletes to play golf in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System during the 2020-21 school year and was a former member of First Tee Savannah. Greene is a two-time Savannah Junior Golf Association All-Star and two-time SJGA first-place flight winner.
“We’re thrilled for Mark to tee it up in his backyard and have an opportunity to compete during the summer before he begins his collegiate career at Savannah State University,” tournament director Cheyenne Overby said in the press release. “Supporting the greater Savannah community is an important mission for the tournament, including the chance to deepen our relationship with both Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and the Savannah State University golf program.”
Club Car’s exemption into the Sam Burns Classic was awarded to Madilyn Saxton of Guyton. The 14-year-old plays out of Crosswinds Golf Club and her resume includes a high school MVP award, all-state recognition and high school regional low medalist honors. Saxton currently plays on the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour and in GSGA tournaments, where in her last 11 events she has recorded an impressive six solo victories.
Burns, 24, was the Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2014. His junior golf career included two Invitational victories and three years of Rolex Junior All-America honors. The Louisiana native went on to play college golf at LSU before turning professional in 2017. Burns broke through on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2018 with his win at The Landings Club and recorded his first PGA Tour victory at this year’s Valspar Championship.
“For Club Car to offer this exemption for an AJGA junior to play in a Korn Ferry Tour event is such a great opportunity,” Burns said in the release. “I would not be where I am today without the Club Car Championship at The Landings Club. It is great to see their support and dedication to the growth of junior golf and this chance will offer them an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
For more information about the Club Car Championship at The Landings Club, including tickets, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, go to clubcarchampionshipattlc.com.