U.S. Junior Amateur

The USGA inaugurated the U.S. Junior Amateur championship for players under the age of eighteen in 1948, though the age limit was raised by one year for the 2017 competition. It was also announced then that the winner would gain an exemption into the following year's U.S. Open. The first edition had 495 entries but the modern day version attracts way in excess of 3, 000 applicants so dozens of sectional qualifying events take place in advance of the actual tournament.

The format from 1948 to 1964 was match play with a field of 128 and an 18-hole final match. Between 1965 and 2004, there was 36-hole stroke play qualifying for 64 match play places with an 18-hole final match. From 2005, the final has been played over 36 holes. A medal for the best stroke play qualifying score has also been awarded since 1965. Starting in 2021, the field expands to 264 players, with two venues used for stroke play.

U.S. Junior Amateur championship trophy

The first championship was contested at the University of Michigan Golf Course and it was won by Dean Lind with a 4&2 victory against future U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi. The large sterling silver trophy presented to the winner was produced by J.E. Caldwell and Co. in Philadelphia and it’s a replica of a bowl produced by noted early American silversmith Samuel Williamson which is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Since then, a number of prominent professional players have won the U.S. Junior Amateur in their formative golfing years. Tiger Woods captured three consecutive titles from 1991 to 1993 and Jordan Spieth won the trophy in both 2009 and 2011. These two remain the only golfers to claim multiple Junior Amateur titles. Other notable champions who...

U.S. Junior Amateur host courses

Aronimink

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area 86th USA Ranking 100th North America Ranking

The course in play today at Aronimink Golf Club opened in 1928 and Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross, originally designed it. Gil Hanse restored the old classic ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship.

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Athens

54th Georgia - Best in Area

Formed in 1926, Athens Country Club is now a 27-hole golf facility, with the original eighteen holes laid out by Donald Ross. This layout was restored by Ron Forse in 2010, when a number of the shrunken greens were increased in size.

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Baltusrol (Upper)

6th New Jersey - Best in Area

The Upper course at Baltusrol Golf Club was laid out by the "Creator of Golf Courses", the legendary A. W. Tillinghast.

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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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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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California

6th California - Best in Area 28th USA Ranking 30th North America Ranking 60th World Ranking

The California Golf Club of San Francisco can now boast tournament measurements. From the new back tees, which are aptly called Venturi, the course can be stretched to more than 7,200 yards.

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Carlton Woods (Nicklaus)

29th Texas - Best in Area

The Club at Carlton Woods features two long, demanding 18-hole tracks that each operate from their own clubhouses. The Nicklaus is the more established of the two golf courses, opening in 2001.

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U.S. Junior Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 43
2 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 37
3 Cory Lewis Courses Played 36
4 Bob McCoy Courses Played 35
5 Joshua Asher Courses Played 34
6 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 32
7 Mark White Courses Played 28
= Donnie Luper Courses Played 28
9 Andy Troeger Courses Played 27
10 Bill Vostniak Courses Played 26