The Junior America's Cup first started in 1959.
The original JAC started as matches between
the Mexican, Alberta and the Southern
California Junior Golf Associations with each
association hosting every 3 years.
In 1972, a meeting was held at the Hogan Cup
at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland,
Ore.. The meeting's participants included: Bob
Norquist Oregon; Lou Smith, San Diego; Walt
McConalogue, Northern California; Bill Brandt,
Southern California; Al Jones, Pacific
Northwest GA and Fred Wellsby and Harry
White, British Columbia. At the meeting the
decision was made to expand the Junior
America's Cup to include our western states
plus Canada and Mexico. Those participating
were: British Columbia, Idaho, Mexico (with
two teams), Nevada, Northern California,
Oregon, San Diego, Southern California,
Washington and Utah.
In 1972, the Junior Golf Association of Northern
California hosted the first event under the new
expanded format. Each team had five
members. The competitors were housed by
golfing families in the Pebble Beach area. What
a great experience it was for all involved! The
boys played Monterey Peninsula Country Club
the first round, Spyglass Hill the second round,
with the final round being hosted by the world
famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The Awards Ceremony was held on the lawn by
the picturesque 18th green. San Diego
captured the gold and one of the team
members, Scott Simpson, is still active on the
pro tour today.
In 1974, a change was made to the team size,
with four team members instead of five. The
format has remained the same since. That
year, Arizona and Hawaii were invited to
participate. British Columbia withdrew from the
Matches for a few years.
In 1975, Colorado became a part of the
America's Cup Matches with Montana joining in
1976 and Alberta in 1977. British Columbia also
rejoined. The field remained the same until
1989 when Sun Country (New Mexico and part
of Northern Texas) were asked to join. In
1995, Mexico asked to bring one team instead
of two. Wyoming was admitted to the group in
2001 which brought the team total to 17 with
each golf association rotating hosting this
The pairing format is quite unique in that each
team member plays with a different player from
two other associations the first two rounds.
The final day pairings are made according to
the 36-hole team totals. There are no playoffs
in case of ties; duplicate medals (gold, silver
and bronze) are presented to the tying team
In November of 2004, the Boys' Junior
America's Cup lost its long-time Executive
Director, Sally Pini (Northern California). In her
memory the Sally Pini Memorial Medal was
awarded for the first time at the 2006 Boys'
Junior America's Cup to the individual medalist.