Shoal Creek Gearing Up for US Junior Am

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SHOAL CREEK, Ala. -- Shoal Creek is gearing up to host the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, its first major event since the 1990 PGA Championship was marred by racial controversy.
 
The par-72 course in suburban Birmingham will play at 7,251 yards from July 21-26.
 
Ben Kimball of the United States Golf Association said Tuesday it will be the longest course in U.S. Junior Amateur history. He and others spoke at a news conference promoting the event.
 
It will be the first national tournament at Shoal Creek since 1990, when it drew controversy because of an all-white membership and a comment by founder Hall Thompson that Shoal Creek would never be pressured into accepting blacks as members.
 
Shoal Creek officials say the club now has four black members.