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 18 on the last day of the competition and have a USGA Handicap Index of 6.4 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), and Hunter Mahan (1999). Jack Nicklaus's best result was a semifinal loss.

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

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country
2014 Will Zalatoris  United States
2013 Scottie Scheffler  United States
2012 Andy Hyeon Bo Shim  South Korea[3]
2011 Jordan Spieth  United States
2010 Jim Liu  United States
2009 Jordan Spieth  United States
2008 Cameron Peck  United States
2007 Cory Whitsett  United States
2006 Philip Francis  United States
2005 Kevin Tway  United States
2004 Sihwan Kim  South Korea[4]
2003 Brian Harman  United States
2002 Charlie Beljan  United States
2001 Henry Liaw  United States
2000 Matthew Rosenfeld  United States
1999 Hunter Mahan  United States
1998 James Oh  United States
1997 Jason Allred  United States
1996 Shane McMenamy  United States
1995 D. Scott Hailes  United States
1994 Terry Noe  South Korea
1993 Tiger Woods  United States
1992 Tiger Woods  United States
1991 Tiger Woods  United States
1990 Matthew Todd  United States
1989 David Duval  United States
1988 Jason Widener  United States
1987 Brett Quigley  United States
1986 Brian Montgomery  United States
1985 Charlie Rymer  United States
1984 Doug Martin  United States
1983 Tim Straub  United States
1982 Rich Marik  United States
1981 Scott Erickson  United States
1980 Eric Johnson  United States
1979 Jack Larkin  United States
1978 Donald Hurter  United States
1977 Willie Wood  United States
1976 Madden Hatcher III  United States
1975 Brett Mullin  United States
1974 David Nevatt  United States
1973 Jack Renner  United States
1972 Bob Byman  United States
1971 Mike Brannan  United States
1970 Gary Koch  United States
1969 Aly Trompas  United States
1968 Eddie Pearce  United States
1967 John T. Crooks  United States
1966 Gary Sanders  United States
1965 James Masserio  United States
1964 Johnny Miller  United States
1963 Gregg McHatton  United States
1962 Jim Wiechers  United States
1961 Charles S. McDowell  United States
1960 William L. Tindall  United States
1959 Larry J. Lee  United States
1958 Gordon Baker  United States
1957 Larry Beck  United States
1956 Harlan Stevenson  United States
1955 Billy J. "Cotton" Dunn  United States
1954 Foster Bradley, Jr.  United States
1953 Rex Baxter  United States
1952 Donald M. Bisplinghoff  United States
1951 Tommy Jacobs  United States
1950 Mason Rudolph  United States
1949 Gay Brewer  United States
1948 Dean Lind  United States

Multiple winners[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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. ^ Shim is listed as the third Korean winner of the U.S. Junior. His citizenship at the time of winning the Championship is unknown. The USGA lists him as "of Duluth, Georgia".
  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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