Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association announced that the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., will host the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Designed by John Harbottle III and opened in 1996, Gold Mountain Golf Club’s Olympic Course (www.goldmt.com) will be hosting its second USGA championship, following the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, won by Casey Watabu over current PGA Tour professional Anthony Kim. The dates of the championship will be July 18-23, 2011.
It is a very special community feeling to host the U.S. Junior Amateur, said Scott Alexander, Gold Mountain director of golf. Bremerton is a small community, so when something like this comes to our town, people get very involved. And the wildlife and our view of the Olympic Mountains are spectacular. Bremerton is located across the Puget Sound from Seattle.
In all, 21 USGA championships have been held in Washington. In 2010, the state hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place and the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Country Club I Sammamish. Those events were won by Peter Uihlein and Bernhard Langer, respectively. Chambers Bay has also been selected to host the 2015 U.S. Open. It will be the first U.S. Open ever conducted in Washington.
The 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur will be conducted the Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H. It will be the first USGA championship held in New Hampshire.
First played in 1948, the U.S. Junior Amateur is open to male golfers who are under 18 years old and have a USGA Handicap Index that does not exceed 6.4. For more information about the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, please visit www.usjunioram.org.