Championship Fact Sheet
PAR AND YARDAGE - The Lake Course at The Olympic Club is set at 6,790 yards and par is 35-35-70.
THE ARCHITECT - Sam Whiting, a former English professor at the University of California at Berkley, designed the Lake Course at The Olympic Club. The course was opened in 1927. He also supervised construction on the Ocean Course at The Olympic Club. Following completion of the jobs, Whiting stayed on as golf course superintendent until 1954.
ENTRIES - A total of 3,184 entries were accepted for the 2004 championship. The championship is open to amateur golfers who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 24, 2004, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4. Entries closed June 2.
THE SCHEDULE - Following 36 holes of stroke play (July 19-20), the field will be trimmed to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. From there, the schedule is as follows:
July 21 (Wednesday) - First round, match play
July 22 (Thursday) - Second and third rounds, match play
July 23 (Friday) - Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, match play
July 24 (Saturday) - Final round, match play (18 holes)
FREE ADMISSION - Spectators are invited to attend the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship free of charge.
DEFENDING CHAMPION - Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., won six of the first 10 holes on his way to beating Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., in the final match of the 2003 Championship at Columbia County Club in Chevy Chase, Md., 5 and 4. Harman is only the third left-handed golfer to win a USGA title. Harman had reached the quarterfinal round of the 2002 Championship before losing to eventual champion Charlie Beljan. Both Harman, now 17, and Cox, now 16, are fully exempt into the 2004 Championship.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD AND QUALIFYING ROUNDS - Sectional qualifying at nearly 70 sites will be held from June 23-July 6. A total of 156 golfers will advance to the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
THE CHAMPION RECEIVES -
THE OLYMPIC CLUB HOLE-BY-HOLE - 6,790 yards, par 70
The 606-yard 16th hole is believed to be the longest hole in U.S. Junior Amateur history. Only seven holes have been set longer for a U.S. Open championship.
OLYMPIC CLUB MEMBERS AND THE JUNIOR AMATEUR - Members of the Olympic Club have made their mark at the Junior Amateur through the years. Head professional Jim Lucius participated in two early Junior Amateurs. Johnny Miller won the championship in 1964. Ken Venturi was runner-up in 1948. Ray Leach was runner-up in 1966 at age 15. Elliot Wainwright was a semifinalist in 2002.
PAST JUNIOR CHAMPS IN THE AREA - Four Junior Amateur champions are residents of Northern California. They are Mike Brannan (1971), Johnny Miller (1964), Aly Trompas (1969) and Jim Wiechers (1962).
CALIFORNIANS IN THE FIELD - Twenty-three Californians are competing in the U.S. Junior Amateur, headed by 16-year-old Jordan Cox of Redwood City, last year's runner-up.
Steve An of Daly City, Calif.
YOUTH MOVEMENT - There are five 14-year-olds who have qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, including Steve An of Daly City, Calif. The youngest player in the field is 14-year-old Hunter Hamrick of Montgomery, Ala., who was born on 1/16/90.
PROMINENT PLAYERS IN U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR HISTORY -
Gay Brewer - Champion in 1949
USGA AND THE OLYMPIC CLUB - Six previous USGA championships have been contested at The Olympic Club, including four U.S. Opens. The most recent U.S. Open held at The Olympic Club was in 1998, with Lee Janzen the winner. The other Opens were held at The Olympic Club in 1955, 1966 and 1987. The 1958 and 1981 U.S. Amateur Championships were also played at The Olympic Club.
THREE MEMBERS WIN 1964 USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Johnny Miller, who won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur, was only one of three USGA champions at the Olympic that year. Ken Venturi won the 1964 U.S. Open and Bill Higgins won the 1964 USGA Senior Amateur.
OLYMPIC CLUB/USGA CHAMPION TRIVIA - Both Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller attended Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco.
HISTORY - The U.S. Junior Amateur was first played in 1948. The first Junior Amateur was played at the University of Michigan Golf Course and drew 495 entries. The starting field of 128 players was determined by sectional qualifying rounds at 41 sites. Dean Lind of Rockford, Ill., was the first champion. Lind defeated Ken Venturi of San Francisco, a future U.S. Open champion, in the final.
By 1963, entries had surged to 2,230, a record for the 14th consecutive year. At the time, there was no handicap limitation for entrants. That changed in 1964 when a handicap limit of 10 strokes was introduced.
The Junior Amateur is among the most difficult of all USGA championships to win, because of the age limit and the number of fine young players who enter each year. Only one player, Tiger Woods, has won the Junior Amateur more than once, winning in 1991, 1992, and 1993. In fact, only five players have reached the finals more than once. Woods, who was 15 years, six months, and 28 days old when he won in 1991, remains the youngest champion.
JACK NICKLAUS AND THE JUNIOR AMATEUR - The Junior Amateur is the only USGA championship for which Jack Nicklaus has been eligible that he did not win at least once. Nicklaus qualified five times (firstly at age 12) but his best finish came in 1956, when he was a semifinalist.
MEDIA INFORMATION - For more information on the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur, please contact Craig Smith of the USGA media relations staff at (908) 781-1040. He will be on site at The Olympic Club as of July 17. The media room phone number on site is (415) 239-4848.