The Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
'The Olympic Club is very pleased to have been selected as the site for the 2004 championship,' said Club president Bill Beasley. 'We have hosted a number of USGA events in the past and our members and other golfers in the Bay area have enjoyed the remarkable level of play these athletes bring to our course.'
The Olympic Club is the oldest athletic Club in the United States, founded in 1860 at a downtown location. In 1924, a new venue, with two golf courses, was opened, designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting. Whiting then redesigned his original work in 1927. Robert Trent Jones toughened the course in 1953 in preparation for the 1955 U.S. Open.
The USGA has conducted six previous championships at The Olympic Club. The Club has hosted four U.S. Open Championships - in 1955 (won by Jack Fleck, who won in an 18-hole playoff over Ben Hogan), 1966 (won by Bill Casper Jr., in an 18-hole playoff over Arnold Palmer), 1987 (won by Scott Simpson), and 1998 (won by Lee Janzen). In addition, the U.S. Amateur has been held at Olympic twice - in 1958 (won by Charles Coe) and 1981 (won by Nathaniel Crosby).
The Junior Amateur was first played in 1948. Tiger Woods, who won the Championship in 1991, 1992, and 1993, remains the only golfer to win more than one U.S. Junior Amateur. Other former winners of the U.S. Junior Amateur include: Gary Koch (1970), Willie Wood (1977), and David Duval (1989).
Prior to visiting The Olympic Club, the Junior Amateur will be played at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga., from July 23-27, 2002, and at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., from July 22-26, 2003.
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