U.S. Junior Amateur Coming to Gold Mountain

The USGA will bring another national championship to Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. The organization has announced that the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur will be played at the 36-hole municipal facility.

The event is set for July 18-23.The event, owned by the city of Bremerton, follows the playing of the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links. In two years, the world's best junior players will be tested by the 7,152-yard Olympic Course.

"We are very pleased to be hosting our second USGA national championship at Gold Mountain," said Frank Horton, the tournament chairman, as he was in 2006 for the U.S. Amateur Public Links. "It's a great honor to be selected by the USGA, an indication of the terrific job done by our committee, staff, grounds crew, volunteers and community for the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship."

The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship attracted golf fans from around the Puget Sound area who saw Casey Watabu post a 4-and-3 victory in the final over Anthony Kim, now a top player on the PGA Tour and a star for the American Ryder Cup team last fall.

"It's a very special community feel to host the U.S. Junior Amateur," said Scott Alexander, the director of golf at the 36-hole facility. "Bremerton is a small community, so when something like this comes to our town, people get very involved."

More than just the USGA has been coming to Gold Mountain. Top collegiate players have been tested by the Olympic Course, designed by John Harbottle III, every year in the Husky Invitational. The NCAA West Regionals were conducted there last spring and, in conjunction with the University of Washington, Gold Mountain has applied to host the NCAA Championships.

First, though, will be the U.S. Junior Amateur. The current U.S. Junior Amateur champion is Cameron Peck, a native of nearby Olympia, Wash.

"We are gearing up now for the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur, and can't wait to blow their socks off again with our great course, enthusiastic volunteers, committee patrons, and incredible community support," Horton said.

More information on Gold Mountain is available at www.goldmt.com or by calling Alexander at 360/415-5432. More details about the U.S. Junior Amateur - open to male golfers under age 18 with a USGA Handicap Index not over 6.4 - is available by visiting www.usjunioram.org.