AJGA welcomes Imperial Headwear as Official Partner

Company with more than 100 years experience expands within golf industry

BRASELTON, Ga. – The American Junior Golf Association is excited to announce a five-year partnership with Imperial Headwear beginning in 2019. Imperial will be the Official Headwear of the AJGA and promoted at more than 200 events per year.

Imperial Headwear is one of the oldest brands in golf. Founded in 1916, Imperial has been designing and manufacturing premium headwear for more than 100 years. Some of Imperial’s partnerships and affiliations include: USGA, PGA Tour, LPGA, Web.com Tour, U.S. Open Championships, PGA Championships, Open Championships, Ryder Cups, Solheim Cups, and dozens of State and Regional Golf Associations. Imperial also sponsors AJGA alumnus and current PGA Tour player, Beau Hossler.

“As Imperial continues to invest in the game of golf, we are proud to start our involvement with the AJGA and support junior golf at the highest competitive level,” said David Shaffer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Imperial Headwear. “I am a proud alum myself and believe it played an important role in shaping my future, as well as the lives of thousands of junior golfers across the country every year.”

Shaffer credits the AJGA in helping him earn a scholarship to play Division I golf at Northwestern University, where he was a 4-Time Academic All-Big Ten. The Wildcats finished inside the Top-10 three times at the NCAA Championship and won three Big Ten Championships while he was on the team.

“We are thrilled to have Imperial’s support as an Official Partner of the AJGA,” said AJGA Chief Business Officer Jason Etzen. “We’re looking forward to expanding on their place as a strong supporter in the golf industry and we look forward to our membership and staff being outfitted with Imperial.”

Imperial Headwear will also assume the Title Sponsorship of an AJGA event each year. In 2019, the Imperial Headwear Junior Classic will be held August 5-8 at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, Imperial and the AJGA will release a year-round social and digital media platform featuring a variety of the best elements and benefits of AJGA experiences through “the finer things in AJGA life.”

Imperial created a collection of limited edition AJGA headwear available for purchase on their website Imperialsports.com. A portion of the proceeds from the AJGA Collection will be donated back to the ACE Grant, which provides financial assistance to young men and women who aspire to earn a college golf scholarship through competitive junior golf.

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About Imperial Headwear

Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer of premium quality headwear, apparel and accessories for the golf market. Imperial’s products can be found at 96 of the Top 100 and over 70% of the Top 400 golf courses in the United States. The Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) has voted Imperial the #1 golf headwear brand for 4 years in a row.

Imperial is committed to style, functionality and perfection in fit and comfort. It is this commitment that has allowed the creation of a wide variety of headwear and apparel with quality that is second to none. Renowned for its superior customer service and art customization capabilities, Imperial offers its products using the most innovative fabrics and designs, as well as logo decoration and embellishment technologies.

For further information please visit Imperialsports.com or call (800) 950-1916. Follow Imperial Headwear on Twitter and Instagram at @ImperialHats and on Facebook at facebook.com/ImperialInc. Imperial Headwear’s 100th Anniversary video can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/179793530.

 About the AJGA

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 7,100 members from 50 states and 75 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.

TaylorMade and adidas are the AJGA’s National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017.  Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.