U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR
By Julia Pine, USGA
Chambers Bay will add to its USGA championship pedigree by hosting the 2027 U.S. Junior Amateur. (USGA/Robert Beck)
Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., has been selected by the USGA to host the 2027 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. It will be the fifth USGA championship contested on 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 this premier junior championship to such a special property.”
The announcement also included the 2033 U.S. Amateur to Chambers Bay. The course previously hosted that competition in 2010 when Peter Uihlein defeated 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up David Chung in the 36-hole final. Chambers Bay is the only municipal course to have hosted America's oldest amateur championship.
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; and the 2015 U.S. Open, won by Jordan Spieth.
“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 at nearby Gold Mountain in Bremerton, 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.
The stroke-play companion course for the U.S. Junior Amateur will be named later. The U.S. Junior Amateur field was expanded from 156 to 264 players starting with the 2021 championship at The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst.
This year's U.S. Junior Amateur will be contested at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., while the 2024 competition is set for historic Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. In 2025, the event heads to Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas.
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