Trusted Choice® announced that Summer Roachell of Conway, Ark. and Austin Smotherman of Loomis, Calif., won the girls and boys divisions, respectively, at the recent 44th Annual Trusted Choice® Big "I" National Championship in Austin, Texas.
The Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship is the nation’s largest junior stroke-play golf tournament and also one of the premier junior golf events. The event, organized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (The Big “I”), attracts elite junior golfers from 43 states.
The goal of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is to provide the youth of America an affordable and challenging National Championship to assist their pursuits of earning academic and athletic opportunities for continued development. Each summer more than 2,000 junior boys and girls nationally vie to earn a place in the finals—a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament. More than 200 state and local qualifying events every year determine a field of 159 boys and girls for the National Championship.
The Championship, formerly the Insurance Youth Golf Championship (IYGC), began in 1969 as a community service project devised by Independent Insurance Agents. Each year, more than 200 agents help organize and administer the Local and State Qualifying Tournaments that lead to the National Championship. Independent agents at the grassroots level donate valuable time, effort, and in many cases, personal resources to conduct successful local events.
The Championship has proven to be a critical test for many of today’s golf professionals, with past participants including: Jonathan Byrd, David Duval, Charles Howell III, David Gossett, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Will McKenzie, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Brett Quigley, Web Simpson, and Tiger Woods.