USGA announces sites for 2010 and 2011 US Junior Amateur Championships

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 7, 2009, 5:00 pm
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FAR HILLS, N.J. ' The United States Golf Association announced today that Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Mich., will host the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., will host the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
 
The 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur at Egypt Valley will be played on the inward nines of both the Ridge and Valley courses, which were both designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 1990. The dates of the championship are July 19-24, 2010.
 
Egypt Valley (www.egyptvalley.com) has been the site of many USGA qualifiers as well as championships conducted by the Golf Association of Michigan. In addition, a Champions Tour event was played there from 1994-2004. The state of Michigan has hosted 29 previous USGA championships.
 
We are excited to have the first USGA championship in the Grand Rapids and western Michigan area, said John ODonovan, general chairman for the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur. We believe the golf course has proven that it is worthy of the challenge and that the community will support this championship.
 
Designed by John Harbottle III and opened in 1996, Gold Mountain Golf Clubs Olympic course (www.goldmt.com) will be hosting its second USGA championship, following the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. 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, 19 USGA championships have been held in Washington. The state will also host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship and 2015 U.S. Open Championship, both at Chambers Bay near Tacoma.
 
The 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur will be conducted July 20-25 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., located just five miles from USGA Headquarters in Far Hills, N.J. The 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship was won by Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash.
 
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.
 
About the USGA:
 
The USGA is the national governing body of golf in the USA and Mexico, a combined territory that includes more than half the worlds golfers and golf courses.
 
The Associations most visible role is played out each season in conducting 13 national championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Womens Open and U.S. Senior Open. Ten additional USGA national championships are exclusively for amateurs, and include the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Womens Amateur.
 
The USGA also writes the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, funds research for better turf and a better environment, maintains a Handicap System and administers an ongoing For the Good of the Game grants program, which has allocated more than $62 million over 11 years to successful programs that bring the games values to youths from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.
 

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.