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BRIDGEPORT, WV -

The Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship will make its first trip to West Virginia when Pete Dye Golf Club hosts the 46th annual junior golf event Aug. 5-8.

Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia from throughout the state are financially supporting the event and volunteering as well, according to Jan Vineyard, president of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association.

About 160 of the best junior golfers from 40 states during the 72-hole stroke play event.

The field of 102 boys are scheduled to compete for the Robert Trent Jones Trophy, while 58 girls will vie for the Mayerstein Trophy.

According to its press release, the Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship, held since 1969, is the third-oldest junior golf event in the country and is renowned as the nation’s largest junior stroke-play golf tournament with thousands of juniors across the country attempting to qualify for the national championship.

Notable past participants include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Justin Leonard, Charlie Rymer, Christie Kerr, Grace Park and Cheyenne Woods.

The first two rounds (Aug. 5-6) will include both morning and afternoon tee times with the morning running from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and the afternoon from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Third and fourth round (Aug. 7-8) tee times will range from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Player registration will be Aug. 3 from 12-5 p.m. and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 4. All players must register by 2 p.m., Aug. 4.

Pete Dye is ranked No. 45 on Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses and No. 9 on Golfweek’s ranking of Best Modern Courses.

The tournament website can be found here .