9, 1948, the Executive Committee decided to inaugurate a Junior Amateur
Championship for boys who had not reached their 18th birthday. The first
Championship was conducted by the USGA Championship Committee at the University
of Michigan Golf Course, August 11-14, 1948.
495 entrants, of whom 128 were qualified for the Championship proper through
sectional rounds at 41 locations.
sectional round score was a 69 by Warren Higgins at the Dallas Country
Club. This Championship, like the Amateur, was conducted entirely at match
play, and Dean Lind, a 17-year-old high school graduate from Rockford,
Ill., came through the seven 18-hole rounds to win. He defeated Ken Venturi,
of San Francisco, 4 and 2, in the final.
qualifier was Mason Rudolph, 14, of Clarksville, Tenn., who went to the
quarter-final round, where he was beaten by Lind.