Far Hills, N.J. -- The United States Golf Association invites all competitive junior amateur players to attempt to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior championships, which will be contested in July.
The dates of each championship are July 16-21, 2012. Sectional qualifying at numerous sites across the country will be held for the Junior Amateur between June 13-26 and for the Girls’ Junior between June 11-26.
Both championships are open to amateur golfers who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 21, 2012. Applicants must also meet USGA Handicap Index® requirements, which are listed on the entry form. Entries for both championships open in early April and close on May 30.
Past champions of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship include:
Jordan Spieth – 2009, 2011
Cory Whitsett – 2007
Philip Francis – 2006
Kevin Tway – 2005
Sihwan Kim – 2004
Brian Harman – 2003
Hunter Mahan – 1999
Tiger Woods – 1991, 1992, 1993
David Duval – 1989
Johnny Miller -- 1964
Past champions of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship include:
Amy Anderson – 2009
Alexis Thompson – 2008
Julieta Granada – 2004
Inbee Park – 2002
Michelle McGann – 1987
Pat Hurst – 1986
Nancy Lopez – 1972, 1974
Hollis Stacy – 1969, 1970, 1971
JoAnne Gunderson Carner – 1956
Mickey Wright – 1952
Players such as Tiger Woods, Johnny Miller, Inbee Park, Hollis Stacy, JoAnne Gunderson Carner and Mickey Wright have gone on to win their respective U.S. Open championships.
About the USGA The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
What is Leadership Links?
Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.
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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.