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USGA Selects Sites for 2010 & 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur
The United States Golf Association has announced that Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Mich., will host the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., will be the site of the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
The 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur at Egypt Valley will be played on the inward nines of both the Ridge and Valley courses, which were both designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 1990. The dates of the championship are July 19-24, 2010.
Egypt Valley (www.egyptvalley.com) has been the site of many USGA qualifiers as well as championships conducted by the Golf Association of Michigan. In addition, a Champions Tour event was played there from 1994-2004. The state of Michigan has hosted 29 previous USGA championships.
"We are excited to have the first USGA championship in the Grand Rapids and western Michigan area," said John O'Donovan, general chairman for the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur. "We believe the golf course has proven that it is worthy of the challenge and that the community will support this championship."
Designed by John Harbottle III and opened in 1996, Gold Mountain Golf Club's Olympic course (www.goldmt.com) will be hosting its second USGA championship, following the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The dates of the championship will be July 18-23, 2011.
"It is a very special community feeling to host the U.S. Junior Amateur," said Scott Alexander, Gold Mountain director of golf. "Bremerton is a small community, so when something like this comes to our town, people get very involved. And the wildlife and our view of the Olympic Mountains are spectacular." Bremerton is located across the Puget Sound from Seattle.
In all, 19 USGA championships have been held in Washington. The state will also host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship and 2015 U.S. Open Championship, both at Chambers Bay near Tacoma.
The 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur will be conducted July 20-25 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., located just five miles from USGA Headquarters in Far Hills, N.J. The 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship was won by Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash.
First played in 1948, the U.S. Junior Amateur is open to male golfers who are under 18 years old and have a USGA Handicap Index that does not exceed 6.4. For more information about the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, visit www.usjunioram.org.
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