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.”

-NCGA Staff


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.

-NCGA Staff


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.

Volunteer Assignments

Every group will have a walking scorer assigned. Duties include keeping a record of player scores by using an electronic tablet provided by the USGA. Walking scorers need to be able to walk 18 holes with the players. (Monday, July 16 thru Friday, July 20 only)

Locate golf balls hit into areas beyond the view of the players by serving as a stationary spotter at a landing area or hazard. This assignment could also include walking up to 18 holes with a group during the match play portion of the competition.

Players will arrive on site and go through the registration process from Friday noon, July 13th thru Saturday, July 14th. The process requires a number of stations where volunteers greet and welcome the players, process their information and distribute materials.

The Player Hospitality Volunteers will greet the players upon arrival and introduce them to the facility, by providing facility tours. They will chaperone the players’ lounge and insure that the facility experience is exceptional for the players. The Hospitality Volunteers will also act as greeters for the welcome reception.

Assist in the process of collecting and managing players score cards and assisting the USGA scoreboard calligrapher in posting the players scores.

Duties include overseeing onsite and offsite parking and directing event guests to the appropriate designated parking facility. Drive shuttle vans which will be used to transport players, parents and volunteers from offsite parking to and from the event site. Transportation volunteers will also be responsible for the vehicles designated to facilitate with the golf course evacuation plan.

Assist the Poppy Hills Staff in greeting and helping players with golf bags and pull carts at the shuttle drop of area. Assist with onsite hospitality stations on the 1st, 6th , 10th and 15th tees including restocking water coolers, and snacks, checking trash receptacles and maintain the supplies of other materials as needed.

Will maintain and stock the driving range with practice ball and also provide transportation to the chipping and putting area near the 9th and 18th fairways. Tend to the player hospitality station at the driving range and make sure the player name standards in the hitting areas are current.

Players, spectator or volunteer first aid provider. EMT, nurse or medical practitioner preferred but not required to assist.

Assist with the security of the tournament. Background in security and law enforcement is preferred but not required.

Caddies are required to highly knowledgeable about golf, with a preference for those who have played Poppy Hills. We will need 30-40 caddies. You must be able to lift 25 lbs., but caddies may request the use of a push cart, if one is not available to them.

Players will submit caddie needs approximately one week in advance of the championship. Requests will vary from practice round only to all days of play, depending on how far the player proceeds in the championship. Caddies will provide their availability and be matched to player requests as best as possible. Each player is responsible to pay a daily fee of $80 (price includes gratuity), directly to her caddie.

Caddies will be required to complete a background check waiver

Volunteer Registration

Volunteer Days Available

Check all days that apply. Days most need for volunteers are Saturday – Tuesday, July 14, 15, 16, & 17. Preference for later assignments will be given to those volunteering during these most needed days.

From the list provided, please select in order of preference the area in which you would like to volunteer

Please describe any past experience that you have volunteering (working) at a similar event.