PAR AND YARDAGE: The Golf Club of New England will be set up at 7,175 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72.
THE GOLF CLUB OF NEW ENGLAND HOLE BY HOLE:
COURSE AND SLOPE RATING: The Golf Club of New England will have a USGA Course Rating of 76.0 and a USGA Slope Rating of 146 for the championship.
ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer designed The Golf Club of New England, which opened in 2003.
WHO CAN ENTER: Open to male amateur golfers who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 21, 2012, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4.
ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 2,941 entries for the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur. Entries for the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur closed on May 30. Last year, the USGA accepted 2,772 entries for the Junior Amateur. The record of 4,508 entries was set in 1999.
2011 CHAMPION: Jordan Spieth, 17, of Dallas, Texas, earned a 6-and-5 victory over Chelso Barrett, 16, of Keene, N.H., to win the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Spieth, who also won the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur, became just the second golfer in the 64-year history of the championship to claim more than one title. Tiger Woods won three consecutive Junior Amateur titles from 1991 to 1993.
More information on the final can be found at http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474840937.
FIELD: A total of 156 golfers will compete at the U.S. Junior Amateur. Practice rounds will be held July 14 and 15, with the two 18-hole stroke-play qualifying rounds July 16-17. The field will then be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. Six rounds of match play will determine the champion. The championship match is contested over 36 holes.
EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 13 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur based on past performances in USGA events or by being among the top 400 points leaders in the World Amateur Golf Rankings as of May 30. The following golfers are exempt:
Chelso Barrett: 2011 U.S. Junior runner-up
Connor Black: Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Nicolas Echavarria: 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur semifinalist; Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Jorge Garcia: Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Douglas Ghim: Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Tian Lang Guan: Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Beau Hossler: 2012 U.S. Open qualifier; 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinalist; Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
David Lee: Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Jim Liu: 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur champion; Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Scottie Scheffler: Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Robby Shelton: 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur semifinalist
Adam Wood: Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Rankings
Andy Zhang: 2012 U.S. Open qualifier
Monday, July 16 – First round of qualifying
Tuesday, July 17 – Second round of qualifying
Wednesday, July 18 – First round of match play
Thursday, July 19 – Second and third rounds of match play
Friday, July 20 – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play
Saturday, July 21 – Championship match (36 holes)
WHAT WINNER RECEIVES:
1. A gold medal and custody of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship trophy for one year.
2. Exemptions to all future U.S. Junior Amateurs, if eligible
3. Exemptions from qualifying to the next two U.S. Amateurs
4. Exemptions from qualifying to the next two U.S. Amateur Public Links, if eligible
5. Three-year exemption from local qualifying for the U.S. Open, provide still an amateur
TICKETS: Admission to the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
HISTORY AND CHAMPIONS OF NOTE: In 1948, the USGA inaugurated the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship to determine the best junior golfer in the United States and also to help junior golfers learn how to realize the most from the game, win or lose. The first U.S. Junior Amateur was played at the University of Michigan Golf Course and drew 495 entries. Dean Lind of Rockford, Ill., was the first champion. Lind defeated Ken Venturi, of San Francisco, a future U.S. Open champion, in the final. Only two players, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, have won the Junior Amateur more than once; Woods winning in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and Spieth in 2009 and 2011.
Only six players have reached the final twice. Past champions who have otherwise reached high stature as players include Gay Brewer, Mason Rudolph, Tommy Jacobs, Rex Baxter, Johnny Miller, Gary Koch, Jack Renner, Brett Quigley, David Duval and Hunter Mahan.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: The U.S. Junior Amateur will be the first USGA championship in the state of New Hampshire.
USGA AND THE GOLF CLUB OF NEW ENGLAND: The 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur will be the first USGA championship at The Golf Club of New England. The course has previously been the site of USGA sectional qualifying for the U.S. Amateur and USGA Senior Women’s Amateur in 2004, the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the USGA Senior Amateur in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Junior Amateur for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA Photo Archive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
Rhonda Glenn, Manager, Communications – (352) 347-1932
USGA CONTACTS: Rhonda Glenn is the USGA media contact for the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur. She may be reached at email@example.com and prior to the championship at (352)347-1932. Glenn will be on site at the Junior Amateur beginning July 14. For further media information go to http://www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.