Dedication. The American Junior Golf
Association’s Digger Smith award embodies
just that. Presented annually since 1991, the
award praises an AJGA advocate for his or her
longtime service and dedication to junior golf.
Recipients are devoted to the AJGA Mission and
Purpose of developing young men and women
through competitive junior golf. Award winners
not only set a standard for excellence, but they
also continue to raise expectations each year.
Dr. Howard Foote does just that.
A resident of Flint, Mich., Foote got started
with the AJGA after playing in a Junior-Am
“After playing in the Junior-Am, I observed
the kids, staff and volunteers on-site,” Foote
said. “I just was more and more impressed.”
After observing the culture of the AJGA and in-
teracting with juniors, his interest in getting more
involved grew. In 1987, Foote joined the tourna-
ment committee as the Fundraising Chairman.
After a number of years on the tournament com-
mittee, Foote became the Tournament Chairman
and has overseen the committee since 2003.
“Being involved with a game that I love and
grew up with is a lot of fun,” Foote said. “I think
I get more pleasure out of doing this than I do
actually playing golf.”
Foote’s event continues to provide juniors
with a fun, unique experience. Held at
Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand
Blanc, Mich., the tournament provides partici-
pants with genuine hospitality and an event that
has their best interests at heart.
Not only does Foote head up the Randy Wise
Junior Open tournament committee, but he
opens his home to juniors who may need hous-
ing during the tournament week. Many have
kept in touch over the years.
on the course with
custom golf towels
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