2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Fact Sheet

SPECTATOR ADMISSION: The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship is free and open to spectators. Tickets are not required.

PAR AND YARDAGE: The Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods will be set up at 7,284 yards and will play to a par of 36-36–72. It will be the second-longest course in U.S. Junior Amateur history. Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., which hosted the 2013 championship, was the longest course at 7,740 yards.


Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 36
Yards 406 465 183 535 433 376 210 567 449 3,624
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36
Yards 426 453 155 575 435 450 413 217 536 3,660

ARCHITECT: The Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Opened in 2001, it was the first of two 18-hole layouts created at the club, and hosted the 2007 USGA Women’s State Team Championship. The companion Fazio Course was used for the 2007 USGA Men’s State Team Championship.

COURSE RATING: Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating is 76.5. Its Slope Rating is 145.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to amateurs who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 26, 2014, and who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 6.4.

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 3,238 entries for the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur, which is 378 more than 2013. The record number of entries is 4,508 in 1999. Entries closed on June 4. 

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was conducted at 61 sites between June 9 and July 1. Click here for full sectional qualifying results.

CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD: A starting field of 156 golfers will compete at the U.S. Junior Amateur. Following two 18-hole stroke-play qualifying rounds on July 21 and 22, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. Six rounds of match play will determine the champion. The final match is contested over 36 holes.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 17 players were exempt into the championship based on past performances in USGA or other elite amateur competitions, or by being among the top 400 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking at the close of entries. Here are the 17 players:

John Augenstein (2013 U.S. Junior Amateur semifinalist)
Austin Connelly (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Brad Dalke (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Zecheng Dou (2013 U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinalist; Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Dominic Foos (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Luis Gagne (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Will Grimmer (2014 U.S. Open qualifier)
Andreas Halvorsen (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Sam Horsfield (2013 U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinalist; Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Curtis Luck (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Zach Murray (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Davis Riley (2013 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up; Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Ryan Ruffels (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
David Snyder (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Cameron Young (2013 U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinalist; Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Carl Yuan (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Andy Zhang (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: 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

2013 CHAMPION: Scottie Scheffler, of Dallas, won the last four holes of the 36-hole final match to defeat Davis Riley, of Hattiesburg, Miss., 3 and 2, to win the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif. Scheffler, who captured the championship in his fourth and final appearance as an eligible junior competitor, became the sixth native Texan to claim the U.S. Junior Amateur since 1999. He joined the likes of fellow Lone Star State standouts Hunter Mahan and Jordan Spieth. Click here for the recap and photos of the 2013 final match.

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES:  The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship trophy for one year. He also receives exemptions to all future U.S. Junior Amateurs (if eligible), exemptions from qualifying to the next two U.S. Amateurs, and a three-year exemption from local qualifying for the U.S. Open (must remain an amateur).

HISTORY: In 1948, the USGA inaugurated the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship to determine the best junior golfer in the United States and to help junior golfers 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 Spieth, have won the Junior Amateur more than once; Woods winning in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and Spieth in 2009 and 2011.

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TEXAS: This will be the 29th USGA championship held in Texas and the third U.S. Junior Amateur held in the state. The last Junior Amateur contested in the Lone Star State was 2001 when Henry Liaw took the title at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio.

U.S. JUNIOR AMATEURS IN TEXAS1972: Brookhaven Country Club, Dallas (Robert T. Byman)
2001: Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio (Henry Liaw)

OTHER EVENTS AT THE CLUB AT CARLTON WOODS: This will be the third USGA championship held at The Club at Carlton Woods, following the 2007 USGA Men’s State Team Championship (won by Texas) and USGA Women’s State Team Championship (won by Arizona) contested on the Fazio and Nicklaus courses, respectively. The club also hosts an annual invitational tournament for some of the country’s elite mid-amateurs.

WINNERS OF U.S. OPEN & U.S. JUNIOR AMATEURJohnny Miller (1973 Open; 1964 Junior Amateur)
Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008 Open; 1991, 1992, 1993 Junior Amateur)

7,740 yards, Martis Camp Club, Truckee, Calif., 2013
7,284 yards, The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus Course), 2014 
7,251 yards, Shoal Creek (Ala.) Golf & Country Club, 2008
7,175 yards, Golf Club of New England, Stratham, N.H., 2012
7,133 yards, Gold Mountain Golf Club (Olympic Course), Bremerton, Wash., 2011

FUTURE U.S. JUNIOR AMATEURSJuly 20-25, 2015: Colleton River Plantation Club, Bluffton, S.C.
July 18-23, 2016: The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.
2017: TBA
July 16-21, 2018: Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.

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 photorequests@usga.org.

MEDIA OPERATIONS/SERVICE: Please contact Greg Midland for more information regarding your U.S. Junior Amateur coverage. His contact information is gmidland@usga.org or 646-221-9101.

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