April 18, 2018
U.S. Girls’ Junior Champ From Poppy Hills Will Play at Pebble Beach in 2019
Indiana resident and defending champion Erica Shepherd will get a tune-up for this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship by competing at Shinnecock Hills as part of the USGA’s inaugural Celebration of Champions event.
The four-hole exhibition, to be held Tuesday, June 12 of U.S Open week, was formed as a way to honor the winners of every 2017 championship and celebrate their distinguished achievements. That means that the winner of this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior, slated for July 12-21 at Poppy Hills Golf Course, will get a slot in next year’s Celebration of Champions at Pebble Beach Golf Links as part of the 100th U.S. Open.
Eight-time USGA champion Jack Nicklaus will help launch the festivities in what will become an annual tradition. That means that the winner of this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior, slated for July 12-21 at Poppy Hills Golf Course, will get a slot in next year’s Celebration of Champions at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
“I’ve always loved USGA championships,” said Nicklaus, who won USGA championships in five different decades. “Since I was a junior, they have always been the ultimate examinations of a golfer. I always felt that the USGA did the best job of preparing a golf course that will completely test you and every part of your game. And for me personally, to be able to compete for a championship of the country I live in made a victory that much more meaningful.”
“I am honored to be part of the Celebration of Champions and the USGA’s enduring commitment to celebrate the game and its legacy. The U.S. Open is widely regarded as golf’s ultimate test, making it the ideal setting for an event designed to applaud each 2017 USGA champion.”
April 18, 2018
U.S. Girls’ Junior Entries Open April 4
Entries for this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Poppy Hills GC will open on Wednesday, April 4.
The championship, to be held July 16-21, is open to players ages 19 (cannot be 19 on or before July 21) and under who have a handicap index of 9.4 or less. The entry fee is $75.
Open qualifying for the championship will tentatively take place at 40 sites from June 11-28. The two Northern California sites will be The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton (June 14) and Corral de Tierra CC in Salinas (June 18).
The event will mark the first time that Poppy Hills GC has hosted a USGA championship.
Last year’s title was won by Erica Shepherd of Indiana.
February 1, 2018
Volunteer for the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Poppy Hills GC
The 70th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship returns to Northern California for the 5th time in its storied history. Poppy Hills Golf Course, home of the Northern California Golf Association has been selected by the United States Golf Association to host the championship.
The Host Committee has been formed and is accepting applications for volunteers to assist in supporting the United States Golf Association as they conduct the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course. Help is needed in many areas and many volunteers will be needed to make the Championship a memorable experience for the girls participating.
Please complete the volunteer information form including your areas of work preference and past experience in like situations. The volunteer package fee of $60 includes, 1 shirt, 1 hat, and 1 piece of outerwear, plus 2 meals for each day worked and a voucher for one round of golf at Poppy Hills to be used within one year after the Championship is completed. Additional shirts may be purchased for $22.