U.S. Girls’ Junior

The U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship was established by the USGA in 1949, one year after the equivalent U.S. Junior Amateur for young men. It’s a competition that comprises two days of 18-hole stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors then involved in match play ties to determine the winner. A medal is awarded to the golfer with the best stroke play aggregate for the 36 holes played by all competitors. Final matches have been decided over 36 holes since 2006.

With more than 1,500 golfers now applying for entry, pre-qualifying at approximately forty venues around the country takes place in advance of the actual event. It’s a far cry from the inaugural contest on the Bala course at Philadelphia Country Club, when only 33 girls from 17 states took part.

U.S. Girls' Junior - Glenna Collett Vare Trophy

Marlene Bauer, who became a founder member of the LPGA (and later married her sister’s former husband, the architect Robert von Hagge) was the first person to claim the twin-handled sterling silver trophy donated by Glenna Collett Vare, the six-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion between 1922 and 1935.

Since 2017, competitors under the age of nineteen are eligible to participate in the competition, which is an increase of one year on the previous limit. The champion also receives an exemption into the following year's U.S. Women's Open Championship.

Hollis Stacy won the competition a record three consecutive times, from 1969 to 1971, and she would go on in her professional career to capture four major championships during an illustrious career on the LPGA Tour.

Three girls have also triumphed in the final twice: Judy Eller (1957, 1958); Nancy Lopez (1972, 1974); and Seong Eun-jeong (2016, 2017). Inbee Park reached three...

U.S. Girls’ Junior host courses

Apawamis

61st New York - Best in Area

Founded initially as a social organization in 1890, Willie Dunn Jr. laid out the course at the Apawamis Club in the early 1900s. Dunn served as the head professional at Westward Ho! and also designed the original course at Biarritz Le Phare with his brother Tom...

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Augusta Country Club

11th Georgia - Best in Area

The club will always be overshadowed by its famous neighbour, but Silva’s work is undoubtedly artful and we’re sure Augusta Country Club will only rise higher in future rankings.

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Boone Valley

6th Missouri - Best in Area

Venue for the US Junior Amateur Championship in 2007, the course at Boone Valley Golf Club is a P.B. Dye layout that also hosted the Boone Valley Classic event on the PGA Senior Tour from 1996 to 2000.

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Broadmoor (East)

6th Colorado - Best in Area

Golf arrived at the Broadmoor Resort in 1918 when Donald Ross created an 18-holer which was split in two when Robert Trent Jones Snr added two 9-hole loops, forming the East course in 1952 and the West in 1964.

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Brooklawn

9th Connecticut - Best in Area

Host to the 1979 US Women’s Open and 1987 US Senior Open, the course at Brooklawn Country Club is a late 1920s redesign by A. W. Tillinghast that’s been modified and adapted for the modern era by Ron Forse.

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Columbia Edgewater (Macan)

17th Oregon - Best in Area

Columbia Edgewater Country Club was designed by Dublin-born Vernon Macan, who became one of the Pacific Northwest’s most prolific architects of the Golden Age of golf course design.

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Dedham

24th Massachusetts - Best in Area

At 6,223 yards, the Seth Raynor-designed layout at Dedham Country & Polo Club is a little short, thanks largely to it having only two par fours in excess of 400 yards and one par five longer than 500 yards.

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Flint

47th Michigan - Best in Area

The course at Flint Golf Club is a 1918 Willie Park Jr. design that hasn’t altered much in a hundred years of operation. It’s been lengthened a bit to 6,671 yards from the back markers but that’s about the extent of any changes.

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U.S. Girls’ Junior Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 28
2 Bill Vostniak Courses Played 24
3 Bob McCoy Courses Played 22
4 Joshua Asher Courses Played 21
5 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 20
6 Jon Gillman Courses Played 18
= James VanArsdall Courses Played 18
= Pam Allen Courses Played 18
9 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 17
= BAM Courses Played 17