Philip Francis, 17, of Scottsdale, Ariz., punctuates his 3-and-2 win over Richard Lee in 36-hole final of the 2006 U.S. Junior at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club with a winning birdie on the 16th hole. (John Mummert/USGA)

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Francis Wins 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur Title

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. – Philip Francis, 17, of Scottsdale, Ariz., put a punctuation mark on an already impressive run of victories this summer, with a 3-and-2 decision over 15-year-old Richard Lee of nearby Chandler, Ariz., to win the 36-hole final match of the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

“It feels great,” Francis said. “You look at the past winners in the USGA events such as Tiger (Woods) and the greats of golf, and to put your name up there with them always feels good.”

Francis, who earlier stated that winning would be based on consistency and lack of mistakes, looked more in control of his distance than the long-hitting Lee.

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No Sweat For Francis In Junior Final

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. – Either Philip Francis is some sort of human refrigerator or his glands don’t understand the meaning of perspiration.

As temperatures soared into the lower 90s and the humidity created an even stickier situation for the gallery, his final-round opponent and even USGA officials at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, the 17-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., hardly looked like he spent a day in the San Diego County heat.

So while his opponent  for the 2006 U.S. Junior title, Canadian-born Richard Lee of Chandler, Ariz., went through three golf shirts in the first 12 holes of the schedule 36-hole match, Francis looked as if he spend the day on the couch watching the British Open.

Pro Kids Golf Academy Big Winner At U.S. Junior

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. –The 156 contestants who gathered at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club this past week were here for one reason – to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. After all, it’s one of the biggest junior competitions in the world.

But another group also is a major benefactor from this event. At Junior Amateur Media Day on June 28, Pro Kids Golf Academy – also known as The First Tee of San Diego – received a check from RSFGC for $100,000 from monies raised through fund-raisers. The grass-roots youth program, which gives kids ages 7-18 a chance to learn life skills through golf along with getting high-level instruction and playing opportunities, started 13 years ago and has become one of the most successful in the country.

On Friday, several youths from the program ranging in age from 11 to 18 acted as standard bearers for the quarterfinal and semifinal matches. They included Mark Nou (11), Melissa Nou (12), Luis Rodriguez (12), Jennifer Gastelum (14), Tudel Riek (12) and Chris Durso (18).

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Championship Facts

U.S. Junior Amateur

PAR AND YARDAGE – Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club is set at 6,936/6,923 yards and par is 36-36—72.

THE ARCHITECT – Max Behr, a disciple of Dr. Alister Mackenzie, designed the golf course, which opened in 1927.

Fairways –Cut to approximately ½ inch
Tees -- Cut to 4/10 inch
Intermediate rough -- Cut to 1 inch. 6 feet wide
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ½ inches
Putting greens – USGA stimpmeter reading at 10-10 ½ feet
Collars and run-off areas around putting greens – Cut to 4/10 inch (width varies)
Fairway width – Approximately 30 yards on most holes
The Championship setup results in a USGA Course Rating of 74.6 and a Slope Rating of 135.

ENTRIES – A total of 3,174 entries were accepted for the 2005 championship. The championship is open to male amateur golfers who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 22, 2006, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4. Entries close June 7.

THE SCHEDULE – Following 36 holes of stroke play (July 17-18), the field will be trimmed to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. From there, the schedule is as follows:

July 19 (Wednesday) – First round, match play
July 20 (Thursday) – Second and third rounds, match play
July 21 (Friday) – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, match play
July 22 (Saturday) – Final round, match play (36 holes)

FREE ADMISSION – Spectators are invited to attend the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship free of charge.

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 3,267 entries to the 2006 championship. This is the 11th consecutive year that entries have topped 3,000. The largest entry was 4,508 in 1999.


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