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U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Champonship
July 17 - 22 2017
Andover, KS

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Flint Hills National Golf Club
1 S Flint Hills National Blvd
Andover, KS  67002-8794
phone: (316) 733-7272
url: www.flinthillsnational.com

Tournament Overview

While it is not the oldest competition, the U.S. Junior Amateur is considered the premier junior competition, having been around since 1948. The event is open to male golfers who have not reached their 18th birthday prior to the close of competition and whose USGA Handicap Index does not exceed 6.4. The U.S. Junior is one of 13 national championship conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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Jul 23, 2016Min Woo Lee becomes first Australian U.S. Junior Amateur winner
Jul 22, 2016Min Woo Lee vs. Noah Goodwin in U.S. Junior finals
Jul 21, 2016Quarterfinals set at U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 20, 2016Medalist Travis Vick among 32 advancing at U.S. Junior
Jul 19, 2016Travis Vick is U.S. Junior Amateur Medalist
Jul 18, 2016Travis Vick Fires Course Record 64 to take First Round U.S. Junior Amateur lead
Jul 25, 2015Philip Barbaree etches name on U.S. Junior Amateur trophy
Jul 23, 2015Weather continues to stall play at U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 22, 2015U.S. Junior Amateur: 12 of 32 first-round matches complete
Jul 21, 2015Brendan O'Reilly leads weather-delayed U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 20, 2015Hovland, Lee lead U.S. Junior Amateur after day one
Jul 26, 2014Will Zalatoris wins U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 25, 2014Zalatoris, Riley reach final match at U.S. Junior
Jul 24, 2014U.S. Junior: Medalist Sean Crocker fights his way to quarterfinals
Jul 23, 2014U.S. Junior: Top-seeded Sean Crocker survives scare in round of 64
Jul 22, 2014U.S. Junior: Horsfield, Crocker tie for medalist as match play begins
Jul 21, 2014U.S. Junior Amateur: Davis Riley leads early
Jul 18, 2014U.S. Junior Amateur tees off with field full of game's top junior stars
Jul 27, 2013Scottie Scheffler wins U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 26, 2013Scheffler, Riley to meet in U.S. Junior final
Jul 25, 2013Top seed Jim Liu ousted at U.S. Junior
Jul 24, 2013U.S. Junior: Top seed Liu survives early scare
Jul 23, 2013U.S. Junior: Jim Liu is medalist again
Jul 22, 2013Scheffler, Eddings share lead at U.S. Junior
Jul 20, 2013U.S. Junior tees off at Martis Camp
Jul 21, 2012Shim completes historic U.S. Junior comeback
Jul 20, 2012It's Liu vs. Shim in the U.S. Junior finals
Jul 19, 2012Past champ Liu advances at U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 18, 2012Hossler, Ban, Liu advance at U.S. Junior
Jul 17, 2012Trio shares medalist honors at U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 16, 2012McGreevy leads at U.S. Junior Am
Jul 23, 2011Spieth wins his second U.S. Junior
Jul 22, 2011U.S. Junior Amateur: Spieth, Barrett to battle in finals
Jul 21, 2011U.S. Junior Am: Quarterfinals are set
Jul 20, 2011Hossler advances at U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 19, 2011Hossler Medalist At U.S. Junior Amateur
Jul 18, 2011Hossler leads at U.S. Junior
Jul 24, 201014-year-old makes USGA history
Jul 23, 201014-Year-Old has Chance at US Junior History
Jul 22, 2010Defending Champ Speith Out at U.S. Junior
Jul 21, 2010Hall, Spieth advance at U.S. Junior
Jul 25, 2009Spieth wins USGA Junior
Jul 24, 2009Finals set at USGA Junior
Jul 26, 2008U.S. Junior: Peck dominates championship match
Jul 25, 2008U.S. Junior Am: Bozzelli, Beck lead as rain delays semis
Jul 25, 2008U.S. Junior Amateur: Beck, Peck to meet in finals
Jul 25, 2008U.S. Junior Am: Peck leads Beck by six after first 18
Jul 24, 2008U.S. Junior Am: Quarterfinals are set
Jul 23, 2008U.S. Junior: Medalist advances, defending champ doesn't
Jul 22, 2008U.S. Junior: Weather halts second round, Ferndandez Valdez leads
Jul 21, 2008U.S. Boys' Junior: Fernandez has opening lead
Jul 28, 2007USGA Junior Amateur: Whitsett wins 8 & 7
Jul 27, 2007USGA Boy's Junior: All Texas Final set for Saturday
Jul 22, 2006USGA Boy's Junior: Francis Def. Lee, 3 and 2 for Title
Jul 21, 2006USGA Boy's Junior: Lee, Francis Ready for Sat Final
Jul 20, 2006USGA Boy's Junior: Tway Advances to Quarters
Jul 19, 2006USGA Boy's Junior: Medalist, Def. Champ Advance
Jul 18, 2006USGA Boys Junior: Florida's Vongvanij is Medalist
Jul 17, 2006USGA Boys Junior: Gribble, Francis Share Lead at 68
Jul 23, 2005USGA Junior Amateur Champonship
Jul 22, 2005USGA Junior Amateur Champonship
Jul 21, 2005USGA Junior Amateur Champonship
Jul 19, 2005USGA Junior Amateur Champonship
Jul 18, 2005USGA Junior Amateur Champonship

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In 1948, the USGA inaugurated the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship to determine the best junior golfer in the United States and also to help junior golfers learn how to realize the most from the game, win or lose.

The Junior Amateur was hardly the first junior competition to attract a national field. The Western Junior had been established in 1914. In 1946, two more competitions appeared, each with a claim on the national title. One was sponsored by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, the other by the Hearst Newspapers.

The first Junior Amateur was played at the University of Michigan Golf Course and drew 495 entries. The starting field of 128 players was determined by sectional qualifying rounds at 41 sites. Dean Lind of Rockford, Ill., was the first champion. Lind defeated Ken Venturi, of San Francisco, a future U.S. Open Champion, in the final.

By 1963, entries had surged to 2,230, a record for the 14th consecutive year. At the time, there was no handicap limitation for entrants. That changed in 1964 when a handicap limit of 10 strokes was introduced. In 1996, the championship attracted a record 3,489 entries. Qualifying was conducted at 61 sites.

In 1978, the USGA conducted the Junior Amateur over the South Course of the Wilmington (Del.) Country Club, while the Girls' Junior was being staged on the North Course. This was the first time the USGA conducted two national championships simultaneously at the same golf club.

The Junior Amateur is among the most difficult of all USGA championships to win, because of two factors: the age limit and the tremendous number of fine young players who enter each year. Only one player, Tiger Woods, of Cypress, Calif., has won the Junior Amateur more than once, winning in 1991, 1992, and 1993. In fact, only five players have reached the final twice.

Woods, who was 15 years, six months, and 28 days old when he won in 1991, remains the youngest champion.

The Junior Amateur has another, more dubious, distinction. It is the only USGA championship for which Jack Nicklaus has been eligible that he did not win at least once. Nicklaus qualified for the Championship five times. His best finish came in 1956 when he was a semifinalist.

The Junior Amateur remains today an educational opportunity as well as a competitive outlet. Pre-championship players' dinners have attracted guest speakers such as Francis Ouimet, Arnold Palmer, and Johnny Miller, all willing to share their knowledge and experience with young players.

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