The First Citizens Junior Golf Tour hit the links for the 13th and final time Monday for the Tour Championship at Farmington Country Club.
The event featured end of the year awards given to the top golfers in each of the five age divisions, along with sportsmanship awards. Tour Director Bruce Stouffer says the gala wrapped up another big year for the Tour.
"2014 has been an extremely successful year," Stouffer said. "Many thanks to all the golf courses around central Virginia that have supported us."
Stouffer's son AJ was one of the winners of the golfer of the year awards, in the 14-15 age group. This year marked his fifth time winning a player of the year award.
"Pretty good summer. Lots of golf. Lot of different Tournaments," AJ Stouffer said. "I've been playing pretty well this year."
Participants on the Junior Golf Tour range from ages 6-18, and they get the chance to play in tournaments all around central Virginia throughout the summer.
Jaden Harman won the 11-13 Division and says the Tour helped bring her skills up a level.
"I think I did really well, I had some really good rounds this summer and I just feel like my game improved a lot," Harman explained.
All involved say another benefit of the Tour is the life lessons it teaches and the opportunities to create new friendships.
"Just to be a better person and it's taught me focus and concentration I think," Harman said. "That great feeling when you hit a great shot or something and it makes you want to come back for more."
"Lot of friendships," AJ Stouffer added. "I have a lot more friends in golf, know a bunch more people. And it's just good friendships that have been formed through this Tour."
That's something that puts a smile on his father's face.
"It's just wonderful to see kids grow and understand what it means to be successful in life and to support others," Bruce Stouffer said.