Justin Thomas and his family, in conjunction with the Kentucky Golf Foundation, are pleased to announce the inaugural Justin Thomas Fund Grant winners. We would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Lilly Young, a junior at Shelby County High School and Bailey Hubbard, a sophomore at Clay County High School. The committee decided to award two winners $2,500 to provide assistance in playing in national events because of the viability of the applicants. “As someone who grew up on junior golf in Kentucky, it is an honor and a privilege to be able to give back to the game in my home state. It is my hope that these funds will help pay some of the expenses involved in tournament golf, and allow these junior golfers to grow both as better players and better people,” said PGA Tour star, Justin Thomas.
We wish these talented ladies the very best in their golfing endeavors and look forward to sharing in their many successes!
More Information on the Justin Thomas Fund:
The purpose of the Justin Thomas Fund is to provide financial assistance to a Kentucky junior golfer whose past performance record demonstrates they have the potential to play at the collegiate level enabling them to play a more robust national junior schedule with the goal to gain more exposure and earn a college golf scholarship.
Justin starting playing golf at the age of two and was competing in tournaments by the age of eight, winning his first tournament that June in the 12 and Under Division. Justin has won 125 individual events on the local, national and international stage, and has been a part of many victorious teams. One of the top players in the Polo Junior rankings and a Polo All American in 2010, Justin went to high school at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, winning the state high school championship both individually and twice as a team. He was named Mr. Golf in Kentucky in 2009. In 2010, Justin won the Terra Cotta Invitational, with a final round 66, his first major amateur win. That summer he was runner-up at the US Junior Amateur and in 2011, Justin won the International Junior Byron Nelson Award.
Justin continued his golf at the University of Alabama where he won the first college event he played in, The Carpet Classic, firing a 30 on his final nine. In addition to winning the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational, one of the top prizes in amateur golf, Justin won six events as an individual. As a freshman, Justin won the Haskins Award and the Jack Nicklaus Award, as the national NCAA Division I Player of the Year, and the Phil Mickelson Award as the Freshman Player of the Year. He was a SEC Champion as an individual and twice a member of the Alabama team in 2012 & 2013, Justin was also named SEC Player of the Year in 2012. A semifinalist in the 2012 US Amateur, he has also been a member of a AJGA Canon Cup team, two Palmer Cup teams, a Junior Ryder Cup team, the USGA World Amateur
team in 2012, and a member of the winning 2013 NCAA Championship and Walker Cup teams.
In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, Justin hit a hole-in-one at the Greenbrier Classic. For his hole-in-one, Justin was awarded monies to be given to charities of his choice. Knowing the sacrifices parents make for their junior golfers to play national events, Justin decided to work with the Kentucky Golf Foundation to establish the Justin Thomas Fund. The Justin Thomas fund provides a $5,000 grant to a Kentucky junior golfer whose performance record demonstrates they have the potential to play at the collegiate level enabling them to play a more robust national
junior schedule with the goal to gain more exposure and earn a college golf scholarship.
To be eligible, applicants must
* Be at least 14 years of age and not have graduated from high school
* Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
* Provide Performance Record to include results and scoring details
* Applicants will be evaluated by the Justin Thomas Grant Committee based on past performance in golf competitions and essay response
* The Justin Thomas Grant Committee reserves the right to withhold funding for a grant recipient in certain circumstances, such as unbecoming conduct and withdrawing from an event without a valid reason
* In accordance with the Rules of Amateur Status, a grant may cover expenses associated with competing in an event limited exclusively to junior golfers (transportation and travel costs, accommodations and lodging, meals and refreshments, entry fees, caddie fees, cart fees, and practice round fees), and the recipient will receive reimbursement for such expenses after proper documentation (receipts) have been submitted