PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – One of golf's major championships for juniors, the Junior PGA Championship is where many of the best in the world get their start. The 2014 Championship will continue that tradition with several top-ranked boys and girls already committed to compete.
Miramont Country Club is hosting Texas' first-ever Junior PGA Championship, July 29-Aug. 1 in Bryan. The city of Bryan is in Southeast Central Texas and borders College Station, the home of Texas A&M University. Brad Lardon, the PGA director of golf at Miramont Country Club, and his staff are looking forward to welcoming the field of elite junior golfers and their families.
"We're very excited to be hosting the Junior PGA Championship," says Lardon. "It's a very big deal for our club and for me personally as a PGA member. The community is in for a very pleasant surprise when they see just how special and professionally run this Championship will be."
The 2013 Boys' and Girls' Division champions – Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, Ky., and Amy Lee of Brea, Calif. – will be defending their respective titles at Miramont.
McDaniel captured last year's Boys' title by one stroke after posting third- and fourth-round scores of 65 and 69. Lee also put together a one-stroke victory by firing two consecutive sub-70 rounds (67, 69) to finish off the 72-hole competition. The 2013 Championship was held at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va.
In the Boys' Division, Cameron Young of Scarborough, N.Y., is another notable contestant who has committed to play in the Championship. The son of PGA head professional David Young (Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough), Cameron is a top-ranked junior who has signed on to play collegiately at Wake Forest.
Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., highlights the Girls' Division. Lee is the Golfweek/Sagarin No. 1 junior player in the world and a class-of-2016 Stanford commit.
Begun in 1976, the Junior PGA Championship has been a popular stop on the national junior circuit for many of today’s PGA and LPGA touring professionals.
The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties. Each year, the field includes past winners of the Championship, PGA Junior Series event champions, PGA Section winners, many of Polo Golf and Golfweek’s top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.
Golf Channel will present a one-hour highlight show of the Championship, with the initial airing on Monday, Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET.