U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship

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The United States Junior Amateur Championship is one of the thirteen U.S. national golf championships organized by the United States Golf Association. It is open to amateur boys who are under 19 on the last day of the competition and have a USGA Handicap Index of 4.4 or less. The competition was established in 1948. It consists of two days of stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors then playing a match play competition to decide the champion.

The first tournament in 1948 was won by Dean Lind from a field of 495 entries. In 1999, the tournament set a record with 4,508 entries. Only two players have won the championship multiple times: Tiger Woods won the tournament for three consecutive years beginning in 1991; Jordan Spieth won in 2009 and 2011.[1] In 2010, Jim Liu, at 14 years, 11 months, became the youngest champion ever, breaking Woods' mark of 15 years and 220 days.[2]

The number of winners who have gone on to become leading professionals is quite modest. This reflects not only the young age of the competitors, but the more random results of match play tournaments compared to stroke play events. Apart from Woods, well known winners include Johnny Miller (1964), David Duval (1989), Hunter Mahan (1999) and Jordan Spieth (2009 and 2011). Jack Nicklaus's best result was a semifinal loss.

The equivalent competition for girls is the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.


Year Winner Country Venue Score Runner-up
2021 Country Club of North Carolina, Dogwood Course (NC)
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[3]
2019 Preston Summerhays   United States Inverness Club (OH) 2 & 1   Bo Jin
2018 Michael Thorbjornsen   United States Baltusrol Golf Club, Upper Course (NJ) 1 up   Akshay Bhatia
2017 Noah Goodwin   United States Flint Hills National Golf Club (KS) 1 up   Matthew Wolff
2016 Min Woo Lee   Australia Honors Course (TN) 2 & 1   Noah Goodwin
2015 Philip Barbaree   United States Colleton River Plantation Club, Dye Course (SC) 37 holes   Andrew Orischak
2014 Will Zalatoris   United States The Club at Carlton Woods, Nicklaus Course (TX) 5 & 3   Davis Riley
2013 Scottie Scheffler   United States Martis Camp (CA) 3 & 2   Davis Riley
2012 Andy Hyeon Bo Shim   United States The Golf Club of New England (NH) 4 & 3   Jim Liu
2011 Jordan Spieth (2)   United States Gold Mountain Golf Club, Olympic Course (WA) 6 & 5   Chelso Barrett
2010 Jim Liu   United States Egypt Valley Country Club (MI) 4 & 2   Justin Thomas
2009 Jordan Spieth   United States Trump National Golf Club, Old and New Courses (NJ) 4 & 3   Jay Hwang
2008 Cameron Peck   United States Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club (AL) 10 & 8   Evan Beck
2007 Cory Whitsett   United States Boone Valley Golf Club (MO) 8 & 7   Anthony Paollucci
2006 Philip Francis   United States Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club (CA) 3 & 2   Richard T. Lee
2005 Kevin Tway   United States Longmeadow Country Club (MA) 3 & 2   Brad Johnson
2004 Sihwan Kim   South Korea[4] The Olympic Club (CA) 1 up   David Chung
2003 Brian Harman   United States Columbia Country Club (MD) 5 & 4   Jordan Cox
2002 Charlie Beljan   United States Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands Course (GA) 20 holes   Zac Reynolds
2001 Henry Liaw   United States Oak Hills Country Club (TX) 2 & 1   Richard Scott
2000 Matthew Rosenfeld   United States Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course (OR) 3 & 2   Ryan Moore
1999 Hunter Mahan   United States Country Club of York (PA) 4 & 2   Camilo Villegas
1998 James Oh   United States Conway Farms Golf Club (IL) 1 up   Aaron Baddeley
1997 Jason Allred   United States Aronimink Golf Club (PA) 1 up   Trevor Immelman
1996 Shane McMenamy   United States Forest Highlands Golf Club (AZ) 19 holes   Charles Howell III
1995 D. Scott Hailes   United States Fargo Country Club (ND) 1 up   James Driscoll
1994 Terry Noe   South Korea Echo Lake Country Club (NJ) 2 up   Andy Barnes
1993 Tiger Woods (3)   United States Waverley Country Club (OR) 19 holes   Ryan Armour
1992 Tiger Woods (2)   United States Wollaston Golf Club (MA) 1 up   Mark Wilson
1991 Tiger Woods   United States Bay Hill Club and Lodge (FL) 19 holes   Brad Zwetschke
1990 Mathew Todd   United States Lake Merced Golf Club (CA) 1 up   Dennis Hillman
1989 David Duval   United States Singing Hills Golf and Country Club (CA) 1 up   Austin Maki
1988 Jason Widener   United States Yale Golf Course (CT) 1 up   Brandon Knight
1987 Brett Quigley   United States Singletree Golf Club (CO) 1 up   Bill Heim
1986 Brian Montgomery   United States Muirfield Village (OH) 2 & 1   Nicky Goetze
1985 Charlie Rymer   United States Brookfield Country Club (NY) 19 holes   Gregory Lesher
1984 Doug Martin   United States Wayzata Country Club (MN) 4 & 2 Brad Agee
1983 Tim Straub   United States Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course (PA) 1 up John Mahon
1982 Rich Marik   United States Crooked Stick Golf Club (IN) 4 & 3   Tim Straub
1981 Scott Erickson   United States Sunnyside Country Club (CA) 4 & 3 Matt McCarley
1980 Eric Johnson   United States Pine Lake Country Club (MI) 4 & 3   Bruce Soulsby
1979 Jack Larkin   United States Moss Creek Golf Club (SC) 1 up   Billy Tuten
1978 Donald Hurter   United States Wilmington Country Club, South Course (DE) 21 holes Keith Banes
1977 Willie Wood   United States Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course (OH) 4 & 3 David Games
1976 Madden Hatcher III   United States Hiwan Golf Club (CO) 3 & 2   Doug Clarke
1975 Brett Mullin   United States Richland Country Club (TN) 2 & 1 Scott Templeton
1974 David Nevatt   United States Brooklawn Country Club (CT) 4 & 3 Mark Tinder
1973 Jack Renner   United States Singing Hills Country Club (CA) 20 holes   Mike Brannan
1972 Bob Byman   United States Brookhaven Country Club (TX) 2 & 1   Scott Simpson
1971 Mike Brannan   United States Manor Country Club (MD) 4 & 3 Robert Steele
1970 Gary Koch   United States Athens Country Club (GA) 8 & 6 Mike Nelms
1969 Aly Trompas   United States Spokane Country Club (WA) 3 & 1   Eddie Pearce
1968 Eddie Pearce   United States The Country Club (MA) 6 & 5 W.B. Harman Jr.
1967 John T. Crooks   United States Twin Hills Golf & Country Club (OK) 2 & 1   Andy North
1966 Gary Sanders   United States California Country Club (CA) 2 up Ray Leach
1965 James Masserio   United States Wilmington Country Club, South Course (DE) 3 & 2 Lloyd Liebler
1964 Johnny Miller   United States Eugene Country Club (OR) 2 & 1 Enrique Sterling Jr.
1963 Gregg McHatton   United States Florence Country Club (SC) 4 & 3 Richard Bland
1962 Jim Wiechers   United States Lochmoor Club (MI) 4 & 3 James Sullivan
1961 Charles S. McDowell   United States Cornell University Golf Club (NY) 2 up   Jay Sigel
1960 William L. Tindall   United States Milburn Golf & Country Club (KS) 2 & 1 Robert L. Hammer
1959 Larry J. Lee   United States Stanford University Golf Course (CA) 2 up Michael V. McMahon
1958 Gordon Baker   United States University of Minnesota Golf Club (MN) 2 & 1 R. Douglas Lindsay
1957 Larry Beck   United States Manor Country Club (MD) 6 & 5 David C. Leon
1956 Harlan Stevenson   United States Taconic Golf Club (MA) 3 & 1   Jack Rule Jr.
1955 Billy J. "Cotton" Dunn   United States Purdue University Golf Club, South Course (IN) 3 & 2 William J. Seanor
1954 Foster Bradley Jr.   United States Los Angeles Country Club, North Course (CA) 3 & 1   Al Geiberger
1953 Rex Baxter   United States Southern Hills Country Club (OK) 2 & 1 George Warren III
1952 Donald M. Bisplinghoff   United States Yale Golf Course (CT) 2 up Eddie M. Meyerson
1951 Tommy Jacobs   United States University of Illinois Golf Club (IL) 4 & 2 Floyd Addington
1950 Mason Rudolph   United States Denver Country Club (CO) 2 & 1 Charles Beville
1949 Gay Brewer   United States Congressional Country Club (MD) 6 & 4   Mason Rudolph
1948 Dean Lind   United States University of Michigan Golf Club (MI) 4 & 2   Ken Venturi

Multiple winnersEdit


  1. ^ "Live Championship Match Blog". Junior Amateur Blog. USGA. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  2. ^ Lavner, Ryan (24 July 2010). "Liu, 14, becomes youngest U.S. Junior champ". Golfweek.com. Turnstile Publishing Company. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  3. ^ Major, Beth (April 24, 2020). "USGA Cancels Junior Championships Due to COVID-19". USGA.
  4. ^ Shin was born in South Korea and moved to California with his family in October 2000. His citizenship at the time of winning the Championship is unknown. The USGA lists him as "of Fullerton, California".

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