The U.S. Girls' Junior Championship was
established in 1949, one year after the
Amateur Championship. Philadelphia (Pa.)
Country Club, one of the oldest golf
the nation, was the host club for the
newest championship. The Club's Bala
had been constructed in 1891, three years
before the birth of the USGA.
The inaugural Girls' Junior drew a starting
of 28 girls from 17 states, although 10 of
players were from the Philadelphia area.
More impressive than the size of the field
the styles of play was the wonderful spirit
sportsmanship the contestants brought to
game, and their complete lack of pretense.
The first champion, Marlene Bauer, 15,
all the way from Los Angeles to win her
national golf title. While golf for girls,
the club level, was still a novelty, Marlene
been encouraged by her father, a golf
professional, since the age of three. Her
victory in the first Girls' Junior was the
springboard for a long and distinguished
The Championship has also helped launch
careers of such outstanding players as
Wright, who won in 1952, and later
four U.S. Women's Open championships,
JoAnne Gunderson Carner, who won the
her eight USGA titles in the 1956 Girls'
Nancy Lopez won in 1972 and 1974,
in 1973 by Amy Alcott, who went on to win
the Women's Open in 1980.
Considering the brevity and time
a junior golf career, Hollis Stacy's record of
three consecutive Girls' Junior
from 1969 to 1971, is among the most
remarkable accomplishments in USGA
Hollis, however, never made it easy. The
matches of her first two championships
18 holes. In her last victory, in 1971, Hollis
needed four-under-par golf to eventually
defeat Amy Alcott at the 19th hole. From
third through the 17th hole, neither player
made a bogey; between them they made
birdies. The match is regarded as one of
finest in USGA history.
With her last victory, Stacy became only
seventh golfer to win USGA championships
three successive years. She later won the
Women's Open Championship in 1977,
Kay Cornelius, the 1981 winner, is among
other noteworthy champions. Her mother,
Kathy Cornelius, won the 1956 U.S.
Open. They remain the only mother-
team to have captured USGA
While victory in the U.S. Girls' Junior by no
means guarantees a successful career in
women's golf, Girls' Junior champions have
the Women's Amateur and the Women's
a remarkable ten times each.
Furthermore, 17 Girls' Junior champions
gone on to represent the United States on
Curtis Cup team.