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April 3, 2012

Play with the best for a national championship

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.
 
All entries ($25), which must be completed by a parent and/or guardian, must be filed online at: https://champs.usga.org/index.html.
 
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.
 
The 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be played at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H. (http://www.usga.org/Content.aspx?id=2147485886).
 
The 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be played at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif. (http://www.usga.org/NewsSF.aspx?id=2147487081).
 
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.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.