2014 U.S. Girls' Junior Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: The Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club will be set up at 6,718 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. It will be the longest course in U.S. Girls' Junior history, exceeding Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club in 2011, which measured 6,403 yards. 

FOREST HIGHLANDS GOLF CLUB (MEADOW) HOLE BY HOLE:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 3 5 4 5 4 4 3 4 36
Yards 394 156 521 401 506 288 423 168 389 3,246
                     
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 36
Yards 398 187 329 431 552 399 438 227 511 3,472

ARCHITECT: The Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club was designed by Tom Weiskopf and opened in 1999.

COURSE LAYOUT: Unlike its older sibling (Canyon Course), the Meadow Course is more of a traditional parkland course set in a meadow, which makes it easier to walk. Created in a mountain meadow, the course features lakes and scenic meadows. The course also has twice as many bunkers and larger greens than the Canyon Course.  

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any amateur female golfers who will have not reached their 18th birthday by July 26, 2014, and who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 18.4.

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted a record 1,118 entries for the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior, 39 more than in 2013. It was the fifth consecutive year that entries surpassed 1,000. Entries closed on June 4.  

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will be conducted from June 9-July 1 at 35 sites throughout the country.

TELEVISON COVERAGE: Golf Channel will broadcast the semifinals and championship match. Here is the schedule:

Date/Day Time (EDT) Network Program
July 25 (Friday) 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Golf Channel Semifinal Matches
July 26 (Saturday) 8-10 p.m. Golf Channel Championship Match

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of nine players are exempt from qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior based on past performances in USGA or other elite amateur championships, or by being among the top 75 in the Women's World Amateur Ranking as of the close of entries. Here are the nine players:

Mariel Galdiano (Top 75 in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Megan Khang (2013 U.S. Girls' Junior semifinalist; Top 75 in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Andrea Lee (Completed 72 holes at 2014 U.S. Women's Open)
Marijosse Navarro (Top 75 in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Kathleen Scavo (2013 U.S. Girls' Junior quarterfinalist)
Eun Jeong Seong (2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links runner-up)
Shelly Shin (Top 75 in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Lilia Khatu Vu (Top 75 in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Bethany Wu (2013 U.S. Girls' Junior semifinalist; Top 75 in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)

2013 CHAMPION: Gabriella Then, 17, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., defeated Lakareber Abe, 17, of Angleton, Texas, 2 and 1, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. Then built up a commanding 5-up lead through 22 holes of the scheduled 36-hole championship match before holding off a late comeback attempt from Abe.

For more information, please visit http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474858449.

SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held July 19-20. 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 21 (Monday) – First round of stroke play
July 22 (Tuesday) – Second round of stroke play
July 23 (Wednesday) – First round of match play
July 24 (Thursday) – Second and third rounds of match play
July 25 (Friday) – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play
July 26 (Saturday) – 36-hole championship final

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES: The champion will receive a gold medal, custody of the Glenna Collett Vare Trophy for the ensuing year and an exemption from qualifying for all U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships prior to her 18th birthday. The champion also receives exemptions into the next two U.S. Women's Amateurs.

THE USGA AT FOREST HIGHLANDS GOLF CLUB: The 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be the third USGA championship conducted at Forest Highlands Golf Club. The club hosted the 1996 U.S. Junior Amateur, won by Shane McMenamy and the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Dave Womack. Both of those events were conducted on the Canyon Course.

ARIZONA AND THE USGA: The 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be the 15th USGA championship conducted in the Grand Canyon State. The first championship was the 1966 U.S. Senior Amateur at Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson. This will be the first U.S. Girls' Junior conducted in the state.

ADMISSION: Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.

HISTORY: While victory in the U.S. Girls' Junior by no means guarantees a successful career in women's golf, Girls' Junior champions have won the U.S. Women's Amateur 11 times and the U.S. Women's Open 12 times, including last year's champion Inbee Park. Furthermore, 19 Girls' Junior champions have gone on to represent the USA on the Curtis Cup Team through 2012.

Notable past champions include Amy Alcott (1973), JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1956), I.K. Kim (2005), Nancy Lopez (1972, 1974), Inbee Park (2002), Hollis Stacy (1969-71), Lexi Thompson (2008) and Mickey Wright (1952).

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 (Monday-Saturday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA Photo Archives at photorequests@usga.org.

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Christina Lance of USGA Championship Communications at clance@usga.org, 908-234-2300 (office) or 908-635-0413 (cell).

Additional media information, including credential applications, can be found at http://www.usga.org/Media-Center/Media-Center/.

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