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The Joe Cheves Junior Invitational is an invitation-only junior event. Champions of a select list of junior tournaments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well as a set of other performance-based qualifications determine its field. Meet a criteria and earn your way into this premiere junior golf event. Invitees will compete in 36-holes of stroke play at the 1929 Donald Ross-designed Mimosa Hills Country Club layout in Morganton, N.C. Competitors will compete for the Joe Cheves Trophy. Mr. Cheves was head pro at Mimosa Hills for 30 years, and was a PGA Life Member. He’s a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the Carolinas PGA and Carolinas Golf Halls of Fame. A life-long supporter of junior golf, “Pro” passed away at age 89 on July 31st, 2007.
The Joe Cheves Junior is recognized as an official N.C. Junior Rankings event by the Carolinas Golf Association. Due to the strong quality of the field, the tournament has been designated a eight-multiplier. The S.C. Junior Golf Association gives the event a prestigious 6-weight in its rankings system. The JCJI is also a ranked tournament by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Each Joe Cheves Junior Champion, and top finishers, earn deserving AJGA tournament exemptions. The JCJI is also a highly-ranked tournament among the Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index of events. The tournament is also part of the series of major events making up the criteria for the Carolinas Junior Player of the Year and the All-Carolinas Junior Team.
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Joe Cheves was head pro at Mimosa Hills from 1951-1981. He's a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Carolina PGA and Carolinas Golf Halls of Fame. Cheves, who passed away on July 31st, 2007, at age 89, loved Mimosa Hills with all his heart and soul. He was a strong advocate and supporter of junior golfers for 70 years. The idea of a junior tournament was presented to the Mimosa Hills Board of Directors in February 2003 and they unanimously endorsed the tournament. The only thing the Board insisted was that the official name of this event be: The Joe Cheves Junior Invitational @ Mimosa Hills.
The JCJI was conceived to not just be another junior golf tournament. It's not a first-come, first-served entry process. The concept was to hold an event that players had to earn their way to play. In essence, bringing together an elite field. A set of qualifying criteria was formed with help from the Carolinas Golf Association and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association.
Stachler, Hirai Capture the
2013 Joe Cheves Junior Invitational
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2013 Boys Championship
2013 Girls Championship
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