About The Florida Sunshine Cup
In late 2018, a group of young Florida golfers, ages 10-11, joined together and formed the annual Florida Sunshine Cup as part of the State Cup Series sponsored by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). Alexander Kaufman, Graden Lomax, and Miles Russell recruited a total of 28 players to commit to raising $1,000 each toward a goal of $30,000. The first event was held at the Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, FL. Little did they know, over the course of 4 years, they would collectively raise close to $300,000.
The event is a Ryder Cup style event, where the top junior golfers compete for charity. 32 juniors are split into two teams of 16, with ages varying from 11-14 years old. Points are awarded by competing in 4 x 9 hole match play style matches, which vary from four ball, scramble, alternate shot, and singles play.
Miles Russell and Graden Lomax are the current hosts of this event, and they are serious about giving back through the game they love. The money raised benefits the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, and the AJGA’s Ace Grant Program. Each year, the top fundraisers have been awarded special events, such as playing 9 holes with Rickie Fowler, and meeting the great Jack Nicklaus!
The AJGA’s State Cup Series was created to allow junior golfers to showcase their talents while developing life skills, including charitable giving, leadership, and teamwork.