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Northern Florida's Junior Golf Foundation
The North Florida Junior Golf Foundation is the area's only not-for-profit organization committed to providing opportunities to junior golfers interested in gaining experience in junior golf tournaments and/or to compete for the love of the game. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the NFJG Foundation runs the only area's premier Junior Golf Tour and is the only junior tour sponsored by the PGA Tour, Web.com, The Tom Burnett Golf Academy, and the Northern Chapter PGA.
Endorsed by PGA Professionals of the Northern Chapter, North Florida Section of the PGA, The NFJG has several tours designed to fit junior players' specific game level:
The North Florida Junior Golf Foundation is the pinnacle organization for junior golf in the North Florida area. The Board of Directors, Tournament Director, staff, and volunteers will work with the golf community to develop and operate a junior golf tour that is professional, positive and champions the journey of junior golfers in developing their game. The organization and members will grow in size and standards to meet the needs of this junior golf community. The Board will function as the policy maker, oversee the operations of the organization and fulfill the strategic plan. The Committees will drive the major functions of the organization to reach out in the community and bring in the necessary resources to continually move NFJGF in a forward direction as an advocate of junior golf. NFJGF will hire, support, and financially compensate professionals to run events and operate the infrastructure of the organization. The NFJGF is well known to all in the golf community – local professionals, golf professionals, golf course members, country club members, public and private school golf teams and coaches, and parents and backers of junior golf.
NFJGF provides local junior golfers, ages 7-19, an opportunity to be a member of the organization which will allow them to play in competitive tournaments that are affordable, professional and are consistent with the USGA Rules of Golf and the Conditions of Competition. The tournaments and events provide an opportunity for junior golfers to build a solid foundation, gain tournament experience, and compete among their peers for the love of the game. The experience will help prepare junior golfers, if they so desire, to compete in any State or National event. NFJGF will also promote, fund, and manage a scholarship. NFJGF will strive to provide scholarships to junior golfers that have participated as a member, uphold the values of the organization, and pursue a degree at an accredited college or university.
The values governing NFJGF will be to operate the organization and impact young people with integrity, honesty, and fairness. We will promote the values of self-esteem and pride in our events, with our members, among each other and the community. Our decisions will be made with an objective, fact-based thought process. We will work together to nurture independent thinking, which fosters taking responsibility for one’s own actions.
Contact our junior golf foundation in Jacksonville, Florida, to explore our resources for your young player. We provide local children and teens with information about junior golf tournaments.
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In The Spotlight
One of the great things about being the Executive Director of the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation and Tour is that I have the distinct pleasure of meeting and knowing many great diversified junior players, their parents, grandparents and siblings with outstanding stories. It’s truly an honor to give back and recognize one of the many families or individuals who have given so much. So, for this “In the Spotlight” moment I would like to recognize and showcase a junior player who knows the meaning of being committed, dedicated and the fight needed to win over all obstacles. This youngster is a success story on and off of the golf course. " Ambrose Kinnare”.
Ambrose is a big part of a loving family led by his dad Patrick Kinnare and Stepmother Stephanie. In 2012 when Ambrose was just two his biological mother Serafina Kinnare, was sadly killed in an unfortunate car accident. In 2016, Patrick remarried to Stephanie who was also a widow with two children. The family, now 9-siblings are a strong and remarkably close family who support each other in the many activities and responsibilities of a large family. Ambrose is #6 in the family with three brothers and five sisters. From oldest to youngest: Padraid, Filomena, Isabella, Lucia, Anastasia, Ambrose, Fulton, Cecelia, and Maximus.
Starting his young golfing ventures Ambrose began playing with USKIDS. His first tournament ever was 9/23/2018 at the Golf Club at South Hampton where he placed 8th. Not satisfied with his result he immediately went to the practice area at the end of the round to work on his game. As Dad explains, “It was easy to see, he was hooked”.
Ambrose has won several tour championships in the US Kids Local Tour. He placed 3rd in the 2021 US Kids Florida State Championship held at LPGA International, He placed tied for 3rd at the 2021 US Kids PGA Golf Club Invitational and placed t-14 at the 2021 US Kids World Championship.
Ambrose joined the NFJGTOUR in November of 0f 2018 at the age of nine competing in the 9-hole Foundation Division. In his first event at Cimarrone Golf Club Ambrose would finish in the runner-up position receiving the Silver Medal. That season he would go to the awards podium five times in all and champion for the first time at the season finale’ event “The Web.com Junior Tour Championship” posting a score of 41.
During the 2019-2020 season Ambrose would win four straight times, winning five consecutive events including the prior season. Ambrose would most deservingly be advanced to the Boys 10-12 division and would debut his talent at the 36-hole “St. Johns Open” shooting scores of 78-80 to finish in third place. Since then, Ambrose would play in 26 NFJGTOUR events and finish in the top five twenty times winning seven times posting his low round of 68 accompanied with a 71 at the “St. Augustine Amateur” played at the World Golf Village – King and Bear Course.
As a 5th grader he made the Pacetti Bay Middle School Golf team and will be playing on the team once again this year as a 6th grader.
Ambrose is an honor roll student at Pacetti Bay Middle School who enjoys all sports. He spends hours with his brother Fulton playing baseball in the front yard, shooting hoops in the driveway, or tossing the football. He is extremely competitive and hates to lose at anything.
A final note: Ambrose is the current points leader in the race for:
- Player of the Year – Boys 10-12 Division
- North Florida Junior Players Tour – Top Honor Award – Boys 10-12 Division
- NFJGTOUR OVER-ALL Award (ages 10-19 Boys and Girls)
- NFJGTOUR Spring Tournament Series leader – Boys 10-12 Division
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