Sunday Notebook: First visit to Virginia for Junior PGA Champ'ship

Randy Stutzman
The PGA of America

Series: PGA

Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 | 7:28 p.m.

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 descends on Trump National Golf Club- Washington, D.C.

RUNNERS-UP HIGHLIGHT FIELD: Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., finished as the runner-up in the boys’ and girls’ divisions, respectively, last year. Both players have made the trip Trump National, attempting to capture the title that was so close in 2012.


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Wagner, 16, finished three strokes back of two-time Junior PGA Champion Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand last year. Jutanugarn turned professional in late 2012 and already has a victory on the Ladies European Tour.

Champ, 18, also finished three strokes behind in the boys’ division. Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., closed with a final-round 70 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., to capture the 2012 title in his second appearance in the Championship.

Both Champ and Wagner built on that success and strong play, helping lead the 2012 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team to victory over Europe, 14 ½ to 9 ½, last September at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.

Champ went 1-0-2 in his three matches, winning his mixed four-ball match and halving both his foursomes and singles matches.

Wagner finished 1-2-0 in the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup. The 16-year-old won her foursomes match, 3 and 2, partnering with Casie Cathrea of Livermore, Calif., who finished as the low amateur in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.

UNIQUE SET-UP: Trump National Golf Club-Washington, D.C., boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses – the Championship Course and the River Course. But a unique routing of holes dubbed the “Championship Tournament Course, will be used for the 38th Junior PGA Championship. It has never been used in competitive play and therefore there is no competitive course record.

The par-71 Championship Tournament Course will play 7,040 yards for the boys’ division and 6,130 yards for the girls’ division.

LATE WITHDRAWALS: The two finalists in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Scottie Scheffler of Dallas, Texas, and Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., were forced to withdraw due to exhaustion. The pair played a grueling 36-hole final Saturday in Truckee, Calif., with Scheffler defeating Riley, 3 and 2.

Lakareber Abe of Angleton, Texas, who finished as the runner-up at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, was also forced to withdraw due to exhaustion after playing a 36-hole match at Sycamore Hills.

Casie Cathrea withdrew with a wrist injury.