POTOMAC FALLS, Va. – The 38th edition of the Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Hotel Fitness, one of the nation’s premier events in junior golf, will be making its first visit to the state of Virginia when an elite field of 156 junior golfers tees off Tuesday at Trump National Golf Club-Washington, D.C.
TRUE INTERNATIONAL FIELD: The 156-player field will feature participants from 40 states and four additional countries. Players from China, France, Singapore and South Korea, along with the United States, will be competing for the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in the boys’ division and the Patty Berg Trophy in the girls’ division.
The 2013 field will include all nine PGA Junior Series event champions, PGA Section champions, many of Polo Golf and Golfweek’s top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.
This year’s 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties.
PGA JUNIOR SERIES EVENTS PROVIDE HUGE OPPORTUNITY: For 18 years, the PGA Junior Series has provided affordable and competitive playing opportunities for junior golfers.
The PGA Junior Series events are conducted by The PGA of America and supported by PGA Professionals throughout the country.
Each event is nationally ranked, with the boys’ 16-18 division winner and overall girls’ winner for all nine events in 2013, earning an exemption into the 38th Junior PGA Championship at Trump National.
Since its establishment in 1996, the PGA Junior Series has conducted 189 events in 41 states. Boys and girls ages 13-18 from six continents, more than 24 countries and all 50 states have participated. The PGA Junior Series is conducted from coast to coast across the U.S., from June to August.
Nearly 1,000 junior golfers competed in the nine PGA Junior Series events in 2013. Those host sites were: Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Ky.; ArborLinks in Nebraska City, Neb.; Genoa (Nev.) Lakes Golf Club & Resort; Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Penn State University in State College, Pa.; Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio; Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind.; Mirimichi in Millington, Tenn.; and Onion Creek Club in Austin, Texas.
MAKING CHANGES IN 2013: in March, The PGA of America announced a pair of changes as it relates to its junior golf competitions.
All of its junior championships, including the Junior PGA Championship, will allow approved electronic measuring devices.
The policy, adopted this year by other leading junior golf organizations, becomes more consistent with college golf, where rangefinders are already permitted.
In addition, all golfers who are 18 years of age and younger through the final round of those same competitions will be eligible to compete in junior championships. Prior to 2013, only boys and girls 18 years of age and had not yet begun college, were able to participate.