PAR AND YARDAGE: The course at Lake Merced Golf Club will be set up at 6,291 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72.
LAKE MERCED GOLF CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:
ARCHITECTS: Lake Merced Golf Club opened in 1923 and was originally designed by Willie Locke. It was rerouted by Robert Muir Graves in the 1960s, while Rees Jones oversaw a final revision in 1996.
COURSE/SLOPE RATING: Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating™ is 76.9. The Slope Rating® is 138.
WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any amateur female golfers who will have not reached their 18th birthday by July 21, 2012, who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 18.4.
ENTRIES: The USGA received 1,070 entries for the 2012 championship, the third consecutive year that entries surpassed 1,000. A record 1,086 entries were accepted in 2011.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: 18-hole sectional qualifying will be held at 33 sites between June 10-26.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY: Practice rounds will be held July 14-15. The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:
July 16 (Monday) – First round of stroke play
July 17 (Tuesday) – Second round of stroke play
July 18 (Wednesday) – First round of match play
July 19 (Thursday) – Second and third rounds of match play
July 20 (Friday) – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play
July 21 (Saturday) – 36-hole championship final
TV COVERAGE: Golf Channel will broadcast the quarterfinal round and championship match on July 20 and 21, respectively. The quarterfinal round will be shown from 1-3 p.m. EDT on July 20. Live coverage of the 36-hole championship match will begin at 6 p.m. EDT on July 21.
ADMISSION: Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.
2011 CHAMPION: Ariya Jutanugarn, 15, of Thailand, won the 2011 Girls’ Junior title with a 2-and-1 victory over Dottie Ardina, 17, of the Philippines, at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. Jutanugarn became only the 16th stroke-play medalist in the championship’s 63-year history to also take the championship title.
For more details, view http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474840936.
EXEMPT PLAYERS: Sixteen players are fully exempt into the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior:
Karen Chung (2011 Girls’ Junior quarterfinalist; top-75 points leader in the Women’s World Amateur Golf
Katelyn Dambaugh (2010 Girls’ Junior runner-up)
Casey Danielson (2011 Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist; top-75 points leader in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Ariya Jutanugarn (2011 Girls’ Junior champion; top-75 points leader in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Lydia Ko (Completed 72 holes at 2012 U.S. Women's Open)
Amy Lee (2011 Girls’ Junior semifinalist)
Alison Lee (completed 72 holes at 2012 U.S. Women's Open)
Minjee Lee (top-75 points leader in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Yu Liu (2011 Girls’ Junior semifinalist)
Nicole Morales (top-75 points leader in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Marijosse Navarro (2012 Women’s Mexican Amateur champion)
Su-Hyun Oh (top-75 points leader in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Annie Park (top-75 points leader in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Ashlan Ramsey (2012 Women's Amateur Public Links runner-up)
Summar Roachell (2011 Girls’ Junior quarterfinalist)
Gabriella Then (2011 Girls’ Junior quarterfinalist)
THE USGA AT LAKE MERCED: This will be the second USGA championship at Lake Merced. The club previously hosted the 1990 U.S. Junior Amateur, which was won by Mathew Todd.
CALIFORNIA AND USGA: The 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be the 70th USGA championship conducted in the state of California. The 2012 U.S. Open will be played at The Olympic Club in San Francisco one month prior to the Girls’ Junior. This will be the sixth Girls’ Junior conducted in the state, with the most recent playing in 1993 at Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa.
HISTORY: For information about the history of the championship, visit http://www.usga.org/press_room/media_guide/Media-Guides/ and click on U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Girls’ Junior for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA Photo Archive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USGA PHONE NUMBER: USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Christina Lance of USGA Championship Communications at (908) 234-2300 or email at email@example.com.