📰 – Story Updated May 4, 2020. 

The JGTA Making an Impact

There is no doubt that the JGTA has made an impact on Asia’s top competitors and their ability to pursue a college golf scholarship or a spot on a college team through the pathway that the AJGA has proven. The JGTA has recently reached a historic milestone – 30 competitors from the Tour committing to play college golf in America.

Diversity Will Continue to Grow

The spread of Universities that players from the tour have committed to or are currently competing on will continue to grow broad, leaving no conference or region unturned. Currently, players from the tour compete or are committed to Universities in the South Eastern Conference (SEC), the Pac-12, the Big-10, the Big East, the Ivy League, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the University Athletic Association (UAA), the Big South Conference, the Atlantic 10 Conference, the America East Conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Patriot League, the Big Sky Conference, the Mid-American Conference, and more.

Be Ready for the class of 21’, 22’, and 23’

This season marks just the third year of the tour and Thirty college commitments are just the beginning. If you look at the Junior Order of Merit over the last three seasons, younger competitors on the tour have dominated. With such strong recruiting classes coming out of Asia with the graduation years of 2021, 2022, and 2023, the tour projects significant jumps in college commitments coming from Asia, and ultimately, the JGTA.

The Playing Field Has Leveled

Before the founding of the tour, competitors in the U.S. had a clear advantage when taking the path that the AJGA has proven, but the game has changed. Players from Asia are no longer playing catch-up to others in their recruiting class in the U.S., who had more opportunities to earn AJGA PBE Status in events held in the spring and fall. Now, many players from Asia can enter the summer months with the AJGA PBE Status necessary to compete in some of the best events. Did we mention that the probable youngest player in AJGA history to earn Fully Exempt AJGA PBE Status came directly from finishing in the top-5 on the Junior Order of Merit, Eila Galitsky (2025) of Chiang Mai, Thailand?

The Recruitment Process for U.S. players will become increasingly difficult

Recruiting competitors poised to play at a top collegiate level from outside the U.S. is becoming increasingly easy with the JGTA, causing spots on U.S. college teams that may have gone to U.S. based players in the past ending up in the hands of a player from abroad.

Stay tuned for college commitments to come.