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
2018 Michael Thorbjornsen  United States Baltusrol Golf Club, Upper Course (NJ) 1 up United States Akshay Bhatia
2017 Noah Goodwin  United States Flint Hills National Golf Club (KS) 1 up United States Matthew Wolff
2016 Min Woo Lee  Australia Honors Course (TN) 2 & 1 United States Noah Goodwin
2015 Philip Barbaree  United States Colleton River Plantation Club, Dye Course (SC) 37 holes United States Andrew Orischak
2014 Will Zalatoris  United States The Club at Carlton Woods, Nicklaus Course (TX) 5 & 3 United States Davis Riley
2013 Scottie Scheffler  United States Martis Camp (CA) 3 & 2 United States Davis Riley
2012 Andy Hyeon Bo Shim  United States The Golf Club of New England (NH) 4 & 3 United States Jim Liu
2011 Jordan Spieth (2)  United States Gold Mountain Golf Club, Olympic Course (WA) 6 & 5 United States Chelso Barrett
2010 Jim Liu  United States Egypt Valley Country Club (MI) 4 & 2 United States Justin Thomas
2009 Jordan Spieth  United States Trump National Golf Club, Old and New Courses (NJ) 4 & 3 United States Jay Hwang
2008 Cameron Peck  United States Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club (AL) 10 & 8 United States Evan Beck
2007 Cory Whitsett  United States Boone Valley Golf Club (MO) 8 & 7 United States Anthony Paollucci
2006 Philip Francis  United States Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club (CA) 3 & 2 Canada Richard T. Lee
2005 Kevin Tway  United States Longmeadow Country Club (MA) 3 & 2 United States Brad Johnson
2004 Sihwan Kim  South Korea[3] The Olympic Club (CA) 1 up United States David Chung
2003 Brian Harman  United States Columbia Country Club (MD) 5 & 4 United States Jordan Cox
2002 Charlie Beljan  United States Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands Course (GA) 20 holes Australia Zac Reynolds
2001 Henry Liaw  United States Oak Hills Country Club (TX) 2 & 1 Canada Richard Scott
2000 Matthew Rosenfeld  United States Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course (OR) 3 & 2 United States Ryan Moore
1999 Hunter Mahan  United States Country Club of York (PA) 4 & 2 Colombia Camilo Villegas
1998 James Oh  United States Conway Farms Golf Club (IL) 1 up Australia Aaron Baddeley
1997 Jason Allred  United States Aronimink Golf Club (PA) 1 up South Africa Trevor Immelman
1996 Shane McMenamy  United States Forest Highlands Golf Club (AZ) 19 holes United States Charles Howell III
1995 D. Scott Hailes  United States Fargo Country Club (ND) 1 up United States James Driscoll
1994 Terry Noe  South Korea Echo Lake Country Club (NJ) 2 up United States Andy Barnes
1993 Tiger Woods (3)  United States Waverley Country Club (OR) 19 holes United States Ryan Armour
1992 Tiger Woods (2)  United States Wollaston Golf Club (MA) 1 up United States Mark Wilson
1991 Tiger Woods  United States Bay Hill Club and Lodge (FL) 19 holes United States Brad Zwetschke
1990 Mathew Todd  United States Lake Merced Golf Club (CA) 1 up United States Dennis Hillman
1989 David Duval  United States Singing Hills Golf and Country Club (CA) 1 up United States Austin Maki
1988 Jason Widener  United States Yale Golf Course (CT) 1 up United States Brandon Knight
1987 Brett Quigley  United States Singletree Golf Club (CO) 1 up United States Bill Heim
1986 Brian Montgomery  United States Muirfield Village (OH) 2 & 1 United States Nicky Goetze
1985 Charlie Rymer  United States Brookfield Country Club (NY) 19 holes United States 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 United States 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 New Zealand Bruce Soulsby
1979 Jack Larkin  United States Moss Creek Golf Club (SC) 1 up United States 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 United States 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 United States Mike Brannan
1972 Bob Byman  United States Brookhaven Country Club (TX) 2 & 1 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States Mason Rudolph
1948 Dean Lind  United States University of Michigan Golf Club (MI) 4 & 2 United States Ken Venturi

Multiple winners[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. ^ 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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