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In 2010, 12 juniors teamed up to raise $12,000 for charity and the Carolina Cup was born.

Patrick Cover and Thomas Walsh, both North Carolina natives, founded the initial event. Though its leadership, tournament name (originally the Dormie Cup) and venue have changed, this event provided a blueprint for future Leadership Links and ACE Grant fundraising opportunities. Over the years, the Carolina Cup has impacted the Wounded Warrior Project, Curesearch for Children’s Cancer, The First Tee of Sandhills and Tri Counties and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

The event also raises money for the AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, which provides financial assistance to young men and women who aspire to earn a college golf scholarship through competitive junior golf. Since 2010, the event has raised more than $500,000. In 2017, the AJGA was excited to introduce the State Cup Series, founded to produce Carolina Cup-type events throughout the United States.


State Cup Series events empower the world’s best junior golfers to engage their communities through charitable giving, leadership, and teamwork.  As a reward for their efforts, juniors are treated to a Ryder-Cup style tournament at some of the world’s finest golf courses.



2022 Schedule:

  • The Texas Cup - April 9-10 (Austin Country Club)
  • The Atlantic Cup - June 11-12 (Trump International - Palm Beach)
  • The Junior Chicago Cup - June 14-15 (North Shore Golf Club)
  • The Wisconsin Cup - July 2-3 (Whistling Straits)
  • The Georgia Junior Cup - July 12-13 (Hawks Ridge)
  • The Mass Cup - July 18 (Boston Golf Club)
  • Impact Cup - July 25-26 (East Lake Golf Club & Bobby Jones Golf Course)
  • The Philly Cup - July 28 (White Manor Country Club)
  • The Metro Cup - August 4 (The Stanwich Club) and Date TBD (The Bridge)
  • The Mason Cup - October 15-16 (The Club at Olde Stone)
  • The Carolina Cup - October 29-30 (Eagle Point)
  • The Florida Sunshine Cup - November 5-6 (Banyan Cay Resort and Golf Course)
  • The Tennessee Cup - November 5-6 (The Golf Club of Tennessee)
  • The DC Metro Cup - November 12-13 (Army Navy Country Club & River Bend Club)
  • The Alabama Cup - November 19-20 (Country Club of Birmingham & Shoal Creek Club)
  • Up to 28 juniors are split between two teams in a two-day Ryder Cup style event
  • Participants come from all over the state
  • Most are AJGA members but this is not required
  • Each junior commits to raising a minimum of $1,000 to compete
  • Proceeds are split between the local charities and the AJGA’s ACE Grant program
  • A more formal junior-led banquet celebrates the accomplishments and educates juniors on the charity and reasons to give back
  • Team uniforms, TaylorMade golf balls, Leadership Links incentives
  • For overall top fundraisers, special events with Rickie Fowler or meet Jack and Barbara Nicklaus at the Honda Classic have been offered as incentives