2018 U.S. Girls' Junior Fast Facts November 29, 2017 | Far Hills, N.J. By David Shefter, USGA

Since winning the U.S. Girls' Junior in 2008 at Hartford Golf Club, Floridian Lexi Thompson has become one of the world's top professionals. (USGA/Robert Walker)

U.S. Girls' Junior Home

Championship Venue Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Opened 1986
Architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.; renovations by RTJ II Architects (2014)
Dates of Championship July 16-21
Field 156 players
Yardage/Par 6,128 yards/Par 71 (Subject to change)
Entries Open Week of April 2
Entries Close June 6 (5 p.m. EDT)
Eligibility Open to any female amateur players who have not reached the age of 19 by July 21 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 9.4.
Sectional Qualifying Sectional qualifying will be conducted at 40 sites from June 11-28. (Subject to change)
2017 Championship Erica Shepherd, 16, of Greenwood, Ind., became the first left-handed champion in U.S. Girls' Junior history with her 3-and-2 triumph over Jennifer Chang in the 36-hole final match at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo. Shepherd joined her mentor, 1998 champion Leigh Anne Hardin Creavy, on the Glenna Collett Vare Trophy.
Quotable "Ever since I was little, I've always told everyone when making my goals, this is the goal I have to accomplish. I have her (Hardin Creavy) as my [computer screen] background holding the Girls' Junior trophy to try to motivate me to do that." -- Erica Shepherd
Notable Past Events at Poppy Hills PGA Tour AT&T National Pro-Am Co-Host (1991-2009)
PGA Tour Champions Nature Valley First Tee Open Co-Host (2014-16)
U.S. Girls' Juniors in California (6) 1952: Monterey Peninsula C.C., Pebble Beach (Mickey Wright)
1967: Hacienda Golf Club, Hacienda Heights (Elizabeth Story)
1976: Del Rio Country Club, Modesto (Pilar Dorado)
1986: Peach Tree Golf & C..C., Marysville (Pat Hurst)
1993: Mesa Verde Country Club, Costa Mesa (Kellee Booth)
2012: Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City (Minjee Lee)
Notable Girls' Junior Champions Mickey Wright (1952); JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1956); Hollis Stacy (1969-71); Nancy Lopez (1972, 1974); Amy Alcott (1973); Pat Hurst (1986); Michelle McGann (1987); Brandie Burton (1989); Kelli Kuehne (1994); Beth Bauer (1997); Inbee Park (2002); Julieta Granada (2004); I.K. Kim (2005); Lexi Thompson (2008); Ariya Jutanugarn (2011); Minjee Lee (2012); Eun Jeong Seong (2015-16)
Notable Girls' Junior Runners-Up Mickey Wright (1950); Barbara McIntire (1951, 1952); JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1955); Amy Alcott (1971); Vicki Goetze (1990); Grace Park (1996); Candie Kung (1997); Inbee Park (2003, 2005); Jane Park (2004); Kimberly Kim (2009); Alison Lee (2012)
Schedule of Play Monday, July 16 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Tuesday, July 17 (Stroke Play, Round 2, 18 holes)
Wednesday, July 18 (Round of 64, match play)
Thursday, July 19 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Friday, July 20 (Quarterfinals/Semifinals, match play)
Saturday, July 21 (Championship Match, 36 holes)
Match-Play Cut The low 64 scorers will advance to match play. If necessary, a playoff will be conducted to cut down to 64 players. 
Fast Fact Poppy Hills is owned and operated by the Northern California Golf Association.