Brothers Paul and John Bruce played in the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour all summer and they’re still playing. They have both been invited to some upcoming championship level events through the program.
They are the sons of Brad and Christie Bruce. They’re key men on the Guntersville High golf team, which plays in the spring, but the Bruces play competitively pretty much year-round.
The Southeastern Junior Golf Tour was founded on the principle of giving junior golfers a chance to play competitive golf while building their resume for a potential collegiate golf career. In 1994 the SJGT held its inaugural event in Atlanta and during that first year they had 60 members. In 2020 the SJGT will celebrate its 26th season, with approximately 35-40 events and a projected membership of more than 1,000 junior golfers.
Over the last 25 years the SJGT has not only expanded in the number of events on the schedule and in their membership, but they have also extended the areas in which they administer tournaments. SJGT events can now be found in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The tour plays at some of the most prestigious courts in the Southeast. Past and present venues have included TPC Sawgrass, RTJ Courses (Dothan, Mobile, Point Clear, Huntsville and Opelika), Atlanta Country Club, The Harbor Club, Idle Hour Club, The Ledges G&CC, Old Waverly Golf Club and Saugahatchee CC.
The SJGT has also scheduled a number of events in college towns to provide junior players the chance to visit some of the great colleges and universities across the Southeast while playing in SJGT events. The SJGT has hosted events near the following colleges or universities: Auburn University, University of Georgia, The University of Mississippi, Huntingdon College, UAB, Florida State University and the University of Alabama.
Paul played in 6 events over the summer. Places he played included Montgomery Country Club, Hampton Cove (Highlands), Saugahatchee Country Club and Burningtree Country Club. He was crowned as the overall champion at the SJGT Hampton Cove Junior Classic held June 15-16 in Huntsville. Despite hot and humid conditions, he fired 68-68 for two day total of -8.
He also had two runner-up finishes, one third, 4 Top 10s and was in the Top 25 in all 6 tournaments.
Paul also played in the 2020 Future Masters held at Dothan Country Club June 20-27. He has played in this tournament the last 4 years.
John played in 7 SJGT events over the summer Some places he played were Montgomery Country Club, Saugahatchee Country Club, Burningtree Country Club, TPC Sawgrass. He was the champ at Burningtree in Decatur July 15-16, firing 75-67. His second day 67 included birdies on 16-18.
His brother Paul was the runner-up in that tournament. The brothers’ 1-2 finish was definitely a rarity for the SJGT.
In addition to winning at Burningtree, John had a runner-up, a third, 6 Top 10s and 7 Top 25s.
He too played in the 2020 Future Masters held at Dothan Country Club June 20-27, his first year of playing that particular tournament.
Both Paul and John have qualified for the upcoming SJGT Cup. The Cup will be held on October 31-November 1 at Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Georgia. The team will be made up of the top 8 players by point stats for the season.
Also, Paul and John qualified for the end of year Tournament of Champions event to be held on December 5 -6 at Willow Point Country Club in Alexander City. Their qualifications were results from their first place finishes earlier in the season.
Paul has been invited to play in the Elite Invitational on November 12-15 in Hilton Head, South Carolina.