By Joey Geske, USGA
Daniel Island Club is a 36-hole facility featuring championship layouts designed by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones. (Daniel Island Club)
Daniel Island Club, a 36-hole facility in Charleston, S.C., has been selected as the host site for the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The competition will be contested July 24-29.
“The commitment to Daniel Island is a testament to the enthusiasm of the club and the challenge that its two courses will provide to competitors in both stroke play and match play,” said Mark Hill, USGA managing director, Championships. “We are proud to add Daniel Island Club as a championship host site and look forward to bringing the U.S. Junior Amateur back to the state of South Carolina.”
Located on 4,000-acre Daniel Island, just north of historic downtown Charleston between the Cooper and Wando Rivers, Daniel Island Club features 36 holes that weave through a Lowcountry landscape of saltwater marsh, tidal creeks and waterways. Designed by Tom Fazio, the Beresford Creek Course opened in 2000, followed by the Ralston Creek Course designed by Rees Jones, which opened in 2006.
A starting field of 264 players will compete in the 75th U.S. Junior Amateur. Both courses will be used for the 36-hole, stroke-play portion of the championship, with Ralston Creek hosting match play. The champion will receive an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2) as well as a spot in the 2023 and 2024 U.S. Amateur Championships.
“On behalf of Daniel Island Club, we are honored to host the 75th U.S. Junior Amateur,” said Greg Keating, president and CEO of Daniel Island Club. “Our golf courses and community will provide an outstanding environment for the competitors to showcase their best game. We look forward to partnering with the USGA to deliver this world-class amateur championship.”
Daniel Island Club has hosted five USGA qualifiers, including three U.S. Open local qualifiers. From 2009 to 2011, the Ralston Creek Course hosted the Nationwide Tour Championship (now Korn Ferry Tour), with winners including Brendan Steele and Matt Every, a member of the 2005 USA Walker Cup Team. Daniel Island Club also played host to the 2005 South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship and the 2018 Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship, as well as several collegiate events, including the 2021 Daniel Island Intercollegiate.
South Carolina has previously hosted three U.S. Junior Amateurs: 1963 (at Florence Country Club, won by Gregg McHatton), 1979 (at Moss Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, won by Jack Larkin) and 2015 (at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, won by Philip Barbaree).
The 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur will be the 21st USGA championships held in The Palmetto State. South Carolina most recently hosted the 2021 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, won by Blakesly Brock. In 2023, Kiawah Island Club will host the 8th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship on its Cassique and River courses.
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. Among the notable champions are three-time winner Tiger Woods, two-time winner Jordan Spieth, Johnny Miller, David Duval, Hunter Mahan, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris. The 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur will take place July 25-30 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.