Category Archives: National Golf

PGA Jr. League Player Registration Open at Facilities Nationwide

FRISCO, Texas – Registration for PGA Jr. League is now open. PGA of America Golf Professionals across the country are preparing to welcome kids of all skill levels to learn and play the game in a team format. Families can locate a nearby program and register online at

PGA Jr. League programs are led by expert PGA of America Golf Professional Coaches and offered in two age divisions: 13u (ages 13 and under, with minimum age varying by facility) and 17u (ages 14-17). Kids wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends, competing in a two-person scramble format that builds confidence and encourages sportsmanship.

“PGA Jr. League is undoubtedly one of our most successful growth of the game programs, and its positive impact on our sport will be felt for generations,” said PGA of America President John Lindert, PGA Director of Golf at the Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. “At the center of it all, our PGA of America Golf Professionals are bringing this game-changing program to life, having reached a record 74,000 players in 2023. We love this game and PGA Jr. League has truly provided a fun, meaningful way to share it while creating new life-long golfers.”

PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of the PGA of America’s 501 (c)(3) foundation, PGA REACH, with efforts focused on making the program accessible to all youth regardless of background, circumstance or ability. Last year, more than 5,000 scholarships were awarded to children who qualified for financial assistance or were from a military family. Families can donate to the PGA Jr. League Scholarship Fund during player registration or directly here.

Recreational PGA Jr. League seasons take place year-round and can officially begin March 1, though start dates vary by location. Following recreational play in the spring and summer, hundreds of 13u All-Star teams (boys and girls ages 10-13) and 17u All-Star teams (boys and girls ages 14-17) from across the country are formed in each league to begin their #DriveToTheChampionship through the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship Season.

In 2023, and returning in 2024, the inaugural 17u National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship was held at Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, won by Team Virginia of Dulles. Last year also marked the first time the 11th annual 13u Championship was held at the Home of the PGA of America on the Fields Ranch West course at PGA Frisco, aptly captured by Team Texas of nearby Farmers Branch.

PGA High School Golf National Invitational Returns to PGA Frisco in 2024

Boy’s Invitational set for July 1-3; Girl’s Invitational to follow July 8-10

FRISCO, Texas — The top high school golfers from across the country will journey to PGA Frisco this July for the 2024 PGA High School Golf National Invitational presented by Titleist & FootJoy.

This marks the second straight year the event will be played at PGA Frisco and the sixth edition of the PGA High School Golf National Invitational since its debut in 2019.

The Boy’s Invitational will take place July 1-3 on the Fields Ranch East and West Courses at PGA Frisco as well as WestRidge Golf Course in McKinney. The Girl’s Invitational will be contested July 8-10 across Fields Ranch West course as well as Old American Golf Club in The Colony and Gentle Creek Country Club in Prosper.

The invitation-only field consists of golfers who have won their respective state high school championships as a team or as an individual from small, large, public or private schools. Individual and team champions will be crowned following the three-day, 54-hole stroke-play event.

“The PGA of America is thrilled to host the PGA High School Golf National Invitational for a second time at PGA Frisco in July,” said PGA of America President John Lindert, Director of Golf at The Country Club of Lansing. “High school golf plays a vital role in the growth of the game, and we look forward to seeing the best high school players in the country showcase their skills at our amazing home in Frisco.”

The 2023 PGA High School Golf National Invitational was the first junior event held at PGA Frisco.The Girls’ Invitational was won by Texas (RGN) from San Antonio; Georgia (RVA) from Alpharetta took the Boy’s division. Athena Yoo (Georgia LMB) and Charles Beeson (Georgia RVA) claimed individual medalist honors among the Girls and Boys, respectively.

Fields Ranch at PGA Frisco is set to host 30 championships over the next 12 years. The 2023 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship was the first major contested at Fields Ranch East, soon to be followed by the 2025 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the 2027 PGA Championship.


2023 PGA National Club Championship Features Club Champions From Across The Country

Women’s divisions take place Dec. 12-14, Men’s divisions to play Dec. 17-19, at Troon North and Westin Kierland in Arizona

Fields | Women’s Divisions Starting Times | Men’s Divisions Starting Times

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 11, 2023) ー Amateur club champions representing all 41 PGA Sections will compete in the 2023 PGA National Club Championship over the next two weeks at Troon North Golf Club and The Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The fourth annual PGA National Club Championship will be contested by 520 club champions ranging from ages 13 to 80.

The PGA National Club Championship showcases the best amateur club champions and highlights the PGA of America Golf Professionals who helped elevate their games. Winners of 2023 club championships nationwide received an invitation to the 2023 PGA National Club Championship from their PGA of America Professional.

The Championship will feature six divisions, with each division competing over 54 holes. The divisions are Open (any age), Senior (50+ years old) and Legend (60+ years old), for men and women.

The women’s divisions will compete Dec. 12-14, followed by the men’s divisions Dec. 17-19. All contestants will play one round on each of the three courses: Troon North Golf Club’s Monument and Pinnacle courses and Westin Kierland’s Ironwood/Acacia.

TaylorMade, supporting partner of the PGA National Club Championship, will once again be onsite to provide participants with a first-class experience including complimentary fittings.

Elijah Craig, the official bourbon partner of the National Club Championship, will host events on-site, including tastings and happy hours.

Dunning Golf is the championship apparel partner of the National Club Championship, supplying competitors with premier apparel items.

For more information on the PGA National Club Championship, visit the championship website.

Persistence pays for Scheffler and Woods in Hero World Challenge

By AJ Jones


Scottie Scheffler took home the 2023 Hero World Challenge trophy by dashing the hopes of two-time reigning champion Viktor Hovland and a field of other golf greats like Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Rose.  World No. 1 Scheffler finished the Hero World Challenge in second place in 2021 and 2022. Hovland was the winner in 2021 and 2022. 

The Hero World Challenge was founded and hosted by Tiger Woods, who was able to compete in the challenge this year and finish at even par. This week’s challenge marked Woods’ first time playing in a PGA Tour event since April. 

The purse for the 2023 Hero World Challenge was $4.5 million, up from 3.5 million in 2022, with this year’s winner, Scottie Scheffler shooting 20-under 268, receiving $1 million. Sepp Straka, who shot 17-under 271, finished second, winning $450,000, and third-place Justin Thomas received $300,000 after shooting 16-under par 272. 

To Scheffler, it was just another day at the office this year, as opposed to the last two years he played in the challenge at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas. “Well I was in position going into Sunday, whereas the last couple of years I have been kind of on the outside looking in. And, I got off to a good start today and just, just playing solid golf most of the day,” Scheffler said.

GOLFTEC and PGA HOPE Partner for Drive for HOPE Initiative to Support Veterans

November 8, 2023


Donation made for every lesson taught at GOLFTEC throughout November

FRISCO, Texas (Nov. 8, 2023) – PGA HOPE and GOLFTEC, a leading provider of golf improvement services, today announced the launch of its Drive for HOPE campaign, dedicated to supporting PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere).

PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of the PGA of America. This initiative reflects GOLFTEC’s commitment to giving back to those who have served our nation and providing them with opportunities to improve their lives through golf.

GOLFTEC’s Drive for HOPE is set to make a meaningful impact this November by pledging to donate $1 to the 2023 PGA National Day of HOPE Campaign for every lesson taught. Highlighted by Veterans Day, the PGA National Day of HOPE Campaign seeks to raise awareness and support for nearly 400 local PGA HOPE programs nationwide. This year marks the third consecutive year of GOLFTEC’s dedicated support, with a cumulative contribution exceeding $300,000. In addition to the annual donation drive, GOLFTEC is deepening its commitment by encouraging its team of nearly one thousand golf coaches to pursue PGA HOPE coach certification. Furthermore, they are extending a program that offers a complimentary lesson to all PGA HOPE graduates as well as 20 percent off lesson plans. These initiatives aim to introduce Veterans to the many benefits of golf, supporting PGA HOPE’s mission to present the game as a form of therapy and foster a sense of community among participants.

“We greatly value our relationship with GOLFTEC and the support they provide to Veterans and our PGA of America Golf Professionals all over the country,” said PGA of America President John Lindert, PGA Director of Golf at The Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. “With the generous impact GOLFTEC provides during the Drive for HOPE campaign, we are able to have a much greater reach for PGA HOPE, providing life-changing resources to America’s heroes across the country.”

PGA HOPE is designed to introduce golf to Veterans and Active Duty Military to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. PGA REACH, PGA HOPE and GOLFTEC’s Drive for HOPE aspire to create a physically and emotionally healthier Veteran community through a six- to eight-week curriculum led by PGA of America Golf Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency.  Today, 56 GOLFTEC Professionals, all Members of the PGA of America, are PGA HOPE certified instructors.

GOLFTEC invites golf enthusiasts, Veterans and the general public to join the Drive for HOPE campaign by participating in the events, booking lessons or making direct contributions to support PGA HOPE’s mission.

“The Drive for HOPE campaign, in partnership with PGA HOPE, is our commitment to make a positive impact on the lives of our nation’s Veterans,” said Joe Assell, PGA, Founder and CEO at GOLFTEC. “We know that golf is a game that can bring joy and healing, and we are dedicated to giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

For more information about the Drive for HOPE campaign and to get involved, please visit


Since 1995, GOLFTEC’s mission has remained the same—to help people play better golf. The GOLFTEC experience is designed for golfers of all ages and abilities to work with an expert Coach and build a game improvement plan customized to their specific needs and goals. GOLFTEC’s cutting edge training systems, including proprietary swing motion capture technology, OptiMotion, gives our Students and Coaches instant and data-driven feedback. With millions of lessons given and more than 250 locations across the world, GOLFTEC is the world leader in golf instruction.

About the PGA of America

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of more than 29,000 PGA of America Golf Professionals who love the game, are expert coaches, operators and business leaders, and work daily to drive interest, participation and inclusion in the sport. The PGA of America owns and operates numerous championships and events, including major championships for men, women, seniors and the Ryder Cup, one of the world’s foremost sporting events. For more information, visit and follow us on X, formerly known as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA of America Golf Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information on PGA REACH, visit, follow @PGAREACH on InstagramX, formerly known as Twitter and find us on Facebook.

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans and Active Duty Military to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

PGA of America and Sky Sports Announce Three-Year Broadcast Rights Extension

November 15, 2023

Greg Dillard

PGA of America and Sky Sports Announce Three-Year Broadcast
Rights Extension

Live coverage of the PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship to continue on Sky across UK and Ireland

FRISCO, Texas (Nov. 15, 2023) – The PGA of America and Sky Sports today announced a three-year extension of their broadcast partnership, solidifying continued live coverage of the PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Sky Sports viewers will continue to have access to comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. The 2024 PGA Championship, which annually showcases the strongest field in golf, will take place May 13-19 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. The 2024 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship returns for an historic sixth time to Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., May 23-26.

“We are ecstatic to continue our partnership with Sky Sports,” said PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Price. “This extension ensures that golf spectators across the UK and Ireland can witness all of the thrilling action at the PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship each May. We take great pride in our close collaboration to bring the excitement of Major Championship golf to Sky’s dedicated audience.”

Sky Sports Golf is the home of golf in the UK and in 2024 will show all four men’s Majors, all five women’s Majors and both men’s and women’s tours – well over 100 tournaments in total.

In addition, golf spectators can tune in for round-the-clock coverage on Sky Sports News, the Sky Sports app, on and via Sky Sports social channels.

“We’re really pleased to be able to confirm this extension with the PGA, and continue the brilliant relationship that has enabled us to deliver the best possible coverage to golf fans across the years,” said Sky Sports Managing Director Jonathan Licht. “It’s been great to see our viewing figures and golf audience continue to grow, and we know we have an amazing opportunity over the next 3 years to continue to grow the sport, alongside our great partners at the PGA.”

About PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of more than 29,000 PGA of America Golf Professionals who love the game, are expert coaches, operators and business leaders, and work daily to drive interest, participation and inclusion in the sport. The PGA of America owns and operates numerous championships and events, including major championships for men, women, seniors and the Ryder Cup, one of the world’s foremost sporting events. For more information, visit and follow us on X, formerly known as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Sky
Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies and is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that connects people to moments and experiences that matter. At Sky we Believe in Better. It’s in our DNA.

We’re famous for innovation. We offer streaming services NOW and WOW; the world’s smartest TV, Sky Glass; and the best aggregation platform, Sky Q. We provide connectivity you can count on in mobile, and fast, secure, reliable residential and business broadband.

We’re Europe’s premium content producer. We create award-winning original content, produce the biggest live sporting events, and we provide free access to news and the arts.

We believe that we can have a positive impact on society, by supporting and creating tens of thousands of jobs, addressing digital inequality, being a diverse and inclusive employer, and becoming net zero carbon by 2030.

Team Virginia Claims the Title in the Inaugural 17u National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship

November 19, 2023


Team Virginia defeated Team Florida 6 – 3 to win the Championship; Team Pennsylvania finishes third over Team Illinois 6.5 – 2.5

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico (Nov. 19, 2023) – They aren’t going to Disney World, but after winning the inaugural 17u National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship at New Mexico’s Twin Warriors Golf Club, Team Virginia (Dulles) is going bowling.

“I told them if they won the National Championship, we’d go bowling again, so we’re going bowling to celebrate,” said PGA of America Golf Professional Scott Holmes, who leads Team Virginia, based at 1757 Golf Club, after his team hoisted the trophy.

Every shot matters in match play, and Team Virginia made the moments count today, capturing the title on a day punctuated by scattered showers and steadily dropping temperatures.

No. 3 seed Team Virginia defeated No. 1 seed Team Florida (Orlando) 6-3 in the match play Championship final, following a brief weather delay between the morning Semifinal matches.

With the 17u Championship in its first year, Team Virginia made history as the first 17u Champion. The moment wasn’t lost on Coach Holmes.

“This is my third trip to the National Championship, two for 13u and one for 17u,” Holmes said. “It’s been our goal to win a National Championship, and there’s no words to describe the feeling. We’re just going to try to celebrate the moment.”

The pivotal moment of the Championship match came during the second flag, when Team Virginia took 2.5 flags to Team Florida’s 0.5.

“Before that, the match was really tight, but that really swung it in our favor,” Holmes said. “Our team stayed patient and played fantastic.”

Team Florida Coach Cori McAuliffe, LPGA, of Marriott Golf Academy, who led a 13u team to third place in the 2023 13u National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship just last month, was proud of her team’s performance but disappointed by the outcome.

“They played so well today,” she said. “But unfortunately, it just wasn’t our day.”

The morning semifinals set the stage for the afternoon Championship, but the morning wasn’t without a little excitement of its own. No. 3 seed Team Virginia defeated No. 2 seed Team Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) 5-4, while No. 1 seed Team Florida edged No. 4 seed Team Illinois (Lemont) after a 4.5-4.5 end to their match.

The two teams remained locked in a tie through the first tiebreaker (number of holes won), with Team Florida advancing after winning the second tiebreaker: the team aggregate total (best two of three scores) across all 36 holes from Day 1 and Day 2. Team Florida won with 45-under compared to Team Illinois’ 41-under.

“We battled Virginia really hard today in the semifinals,” said PGA of America Golf Professional Troy Williams of Hot Shot Golf Academy. “I think that was probably the National Championship right there. We thought 19-under, and they shot 20-under.”

In the afternoon consolation match, Team Pennsylvania defeated Team Illinois 6.5-2.5 to finish third.

“After our Semifinal match, we came out, handled business and played how I expected,” Williams said. “I’m just so proud of our team. These kids do everything I ask of them, they work hard, and I couldn’t be more proud to be their coach. We’ll be back next year.”

As for the rest of the field, Team New York (Farmington) finished fifth at 41-under; Team Minnesota (Blaine) and Team California (San Jose) tied for sixth at 38-under; Team Utah (South Jordan) took eighth at 37-under; Team Texas (Farmers Branch) and Team North Carolina were ninth at 36-under; Team Kansas (Kansas City) 11th with 33-under; and Team Kentucky in 12th at 12-under.

The eight teams not competing in the Semifinals had the option to participate in the Twin Warriors Roundup, a 9-hole, two-person scramble. The Twin Warriors Roundup was captured by Alexander Thu, 14, and Brandon Pantaleon, 15, of Team California.

USGA, The R&A Announce 2024 World Handicap System™ Revisions.

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J., USA and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (Nov. 8, 2023) – The USGA and The R&A today announced the first update to the World Handicap System™ (WHS™) as part of an ongoing review of the Rules of Handicapping™ and Course Rating System™ with a continued emphasis on accuracy, consistency and equity. The latest revisions will go into effect beginning January 1, 2024.

Many countries have seen significant increases in the number of scores being submitted for handicapping purposes since the WHS was introduced in January 2020, reflecting golf’s broadening appeal. More than 100 million scores have been posted each year, unifying millions of golfers through a standard measure of playing ability. The 2024 update leverages the performance data gathered from around the world, in addition to feedback received from many of the 125 countries now using the system.

Significant updates to the WHS include:

  • Inclusion of Shorter-Length Golf Courses Within the Course Rating System: The overall length requirements for Course Rating in the WHS will be significantly reduced. A set of tees on an 18-hole course may be as short as 1,500 yards [1,370 meters] to be eligible for a Course Rating and Slope Rating®, and a set of tees on a 9-hole course may be as short as 750 yards [685 meters]. This change is intended to expand the WHS to thousands of shorter length courses, including par-3 courses, and enable more golfers to obtain and use a Handicap Index.
  • Use of an Expected Score for a Hole Not Played: Improvements have been made to the method used to handle holes not played, which will now be based on a player’s expected score rather than a score of net par. This new method will produce a 9-hole or 18-hole Score Differential that more accurately reflects a player’s ability. As golfers across the world are playing more 9-hole rounds, an expected score can also be used to convert a 9-hole round into an 18-hole Score Differential. For some countries, this means that 9-hole scores will be considered in the calculation of a player’s Handicap Index immediately after the day of play, rather than waiting to combine with another 9-hole score.
  • Playing Conditions Calculation Adjustments Made More Frequent: The Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) has been modified to increase the likelihood of an adjustment for abnormal playing conditions. National associations were given discretion, beginning in July 2022, to introduce this revision in their computation platforms, which will be complete by April 1, 2024.
  • Enhanced Guidance on Conducting a Handicap Review: The role of the Handicap Committee is vital to the success of the WHS and the Rules recommend that a Handicap Review is conducted regularly, or at least once a year to ensure a Handicap Index® remains reflective of a player’s ability. New reporting tools have been developed that national associations can incorporate into their handicapping software to assist Committees in conducting the review process effectively and consistently.

Since its inception, the WHS has embraced the many ways golf is played around the world by giving national associations flexibility to apply regional discretionary items, with the objective for greater alignment over time. For this reason, the governing bodies expect countries to continue to shift the way they calculate Course Handicaps so that they are relative to par, making a golfer’s target score to “play to handicap” more intuitive.

Golfers are encouraged to visit their national association’s website to learn more about the discretionary items that apply to their region. Contact details for national associations can be found on the WHS website here:

The USGA and The R&A have also recently launched a new WHS Software Accreditation and Interoperability Programme to help ensure that there is consistency and accuracy in the calculation of handicaps worldwide, and to assist with the retrieval of a Handicap Index and the return of away scores from country to country.

Steve Edmondson, Managing Director – Handicapping & Course Rating at the USGA said, “The game of golf continues to evolve and the WHS has embraced those changes in a dynamic way to help all golfers, everywhere they play. It is a monumental time in golf, and improving both the accessibility of obtaining a Handicap Index and leveraging powerful data and technology to easily and accurately track performance is a great step forward.”

Claire Bates, Director – Handicapping at The R&A said, “We have made good progress in the early stages of WHS but we know there are always areas that can be improved as we gather more data and information on the system from around the world. Conducting a regular review process is important in terms of good governance and enables us to examine some of the key areas in which we have received feedback. We will continue to work with the handicapping bodies and national associations around the world to ensure that the WHS is providing golfers with a system that provides a sensible balance between inclusivity and integrity, making it as easy as possible to get a Handicap Index, subject to meaningful safeguards.”

The USGA and The R&A jointly launched and govern the WHS to provide a modern and responsive system, that gives an accurate reflection of a player’s demonstrated ability. It is calculated by incorporating the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System and is administered by a range of handicapping bodies and national associations around the world.

The more flexible and accessible nature of the system has led to the introduction of successful initiatives from a number of national associations aimed at making it easier to obtain a Handicap Index and be part of the WHS.

Mirroring the review processes of other areas of governance in golf, including the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Amateur Status, reviews of the WHS will continue to be conducted at regular intervals, taking into consideration performance data and feedback to help identify areas for improvement.

Spring Golf and the WHS – What Every Golfer Should Know

By: Terry Benjamin of USGA

As more than 30 states move from the “inactive” season to “active” between March 1 and April 15, golfers across these regions are likely to encounter wet weather, shorter days or course maintenance conditions unique to the season.

Here’s everything you need to know about spring golf and the World Handicap System™ to navigate your round:

1.  Struggling to finish your round due to the sun setting earlier? As long as you play 7 holes, you can still post a 9-hole score. If you get through 14 holes, an 18-hole score can be posted. The score for any unplayed holes is par plus any handicap strokes you receive based on your Course Handicap™.

2.  Playing in tough conditions? You may see the playing conditions calculation (PCC) come into play more often than you would during the summer. The PCC compares the actual scores made each day to the expected scores of the players who made them – and if the scores are significantly higher (or lower) than expected, an adjustment to each player’s Score Differential™ is automatically applied. Just remember, at least 8 scores must be posted at a particular course on the day of play for the PCC to be calculated – so encourage your friends to post their scores as soon as possible!

3.  Are preferred lies in effect due to wet and soggy conditions? Don’t worry, you can still post your score. The Handicap Committee at the club should make this determination each day, so check with the golf shop before teeing it up.

4.  Were the greens recently aerated? If so, unless the Handicap Committee decides to temporarily suspend score posting due to poor putting surfaces, putt it out. The use of an “automatic two-putt” is not acceptable for handicap purposes.

5.  Planning to start your season with a friendly match among friends? Match-play scores are acceptable for score posting. On the holes you don’t hole out, simply record your most likely score for the hole – keeping in mind your most likely score cannot exceed your net double bogey limit.

For more information or to learn more about the World Handicap System, visit

Two Future USGA Amateur Events Headed to Chambers Bay

By: Julia Pine of USGA

Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., has been selected by the USGA to host the 2027 U.S. Junior Amateur and 2033 U.S. Amateur Championships. These will be the fifth and sixth USGA championships hosted by the public golf course, which is owned by Pierce County and managed by KemperSports.

“There have been several memorable moments for us already in Chambers Bay’s short history, and the property remains a favorite for players and fans alike,” said Mark Hill, USGA managing director, championships. “We’re grateful for our continued partnership with Pierce County and look forward to bringing these two premier championships to such a special property.”

Chambers Bay, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, opened in 2007 and traverses a rugged landscape along Puget Sound. The 250-acre course, built on the site of a former sand-and-gravel mining operation, is the centerpiece of a 930-acre park owned by Pierce County.

Last year, Chambers Bay hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur, which saw Saki Baba, 17, of Japan, cruise to an impressive 11-and-9 victory over 21-year-old Canadian Monet Chun in the 36-hole championship match. Chambers Bay also hosted the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, won by Florida teenagers Kiko Francisco Coelho and Leopoldo Herrera III; the 2015 U.S. Open, won by Jordan Spieth; and the 2010 U.S. Amateur, won by Peter Uihlein. Chambers Bay is the only municipal course to have hosted the U.S. Amateur.

“We are delighted to welcome the USGA back to Chambers Bay and Pierce County,” said Bruce Dammeier, county executive. “Golfers from around the world have embraced the challenge and natural beauty of our championship venue, and we look forward to watching the best amateurs take it on.”

The 2027 U.S. Junior Amateur will be the 30th USGA championship held in the state of Washington. The Evergreen State will host the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at The Home Course in Dupont this May as well as the 2024 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle. Washington has previously held two U.S. Junior Amateurs, including the 2011 championship won by Spieth, and two U.S. Amateurs, including the 2010 playing at Chambers Bay.

Established in 1948 by the USGA, the U.S. Junior Amateur is open to amateur golfers who have not reached their 19th birthday by the conclusion of the championship and who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4. The U.S. Junior Amateur champion earns an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Open Championship. Among the notable U.S. Junior Amateur champions are three-time winner Tiger Woods, two-time winner Jordan Spieth, Johnny Miller, David Duval, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris.

One of the USGA’s three original championships, the U.S. Amateur is open to amateur golfers who have a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. A field of 312 golfers will play two 18-hole rounds of stroke play. The championship is decided by a 36-hole final, and the champion and runner-up are invited to the following year’s U.S. Open Championship.

A stroke-play companion course for both championships will be named later.