US Junior Amateur, Youth Golf's Major Championship

Tiger Woods, age 15 years, six months, and 28 days, and father Earl Woods, pose for a photo while celebrating Tiger's victory at the 1991 USGA Junior Amateur Championships on July 28, 1991
15-year-old Tiger Woods, with father Earl, won the US Junior Amateur Championship in 1991. Woods won again in 1992 and 1993. Rick Dole/Getty Images 

The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, run by the United States Golf Association, is the most important golf tournament for junior male golfers. The tournament is open to any male golfer younger than 19 (as of the tournament's final day) and with a maximum handicap index of 4.4.

(The USGA national championship for amateur girls is called the U.S. Girls' Junior.)

Winning the U.S. Junior Am is no guarantee of future success as a pro; the list of champions below includes plenty of unfamiliar names.

But many of the winners do go on to successful pro careers. The winners list includes such luminaries as Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan, David Duval, Gary Koch and Johnny Miller.

Winners of the U.S. Junior Amateur, beginning in 2018, receive exemptions to play in the following year's U.S. Open.

2018 US Junior Amateur

Baltusrol has been the site of 17 major championships, pro and amateur, men's and women's, dating to 1901. The most recent was the 2016 PGA Championship. Among those 17 majors are 15 USGA national championships.

Like all USGA national championships, the U.S. Junior Amateur is played at a different course each year. These are the confirmed future sites and dates:

  • 2019 — July 15-20 at Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
  • 2020 — July 20-25 at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.

    US Junior Am Field and Format

    The field of 156 golfers begins with 36 holes of stroke play, after which the field is cut to the low 64 scorers. Those golfers continue into match play, culminating with a 36-hole championship match.

    The tournament is preceded by a sectional qualifying period that takes place at 48 sites between June 11 and June 29.

    Tournament Records at the US Junior Amateur

    Tiger Woods is the only golfer to win this tournament three times. His victories were in 1991, 1992 and 1992. Only one other golfer has won it twice: Jordan Spieth in 2009 and 2011.

    The youngest tournament champion is Jim Liu, who won in 2010 at the age of 14 years, 11 months and 15 days old.

    US Junior Amateur Winners

    These are the final scores in the championship matches at all U.S. Junior Amateur tournaments:

    2017 — Noah Goodwin def. Matthew Wolff, 1 up
    2016 — Min Woo Lee def. Noah Goodwin, 2 and 1
    2015 — Philip Barbaree def. Andrew Orischak, 37 holes
    2014 — William Zalatoris def. Davis Riley, 5 and 3
    2013 — Scottie Scheffler def. Davis Riley, 3 and 2
    2012 — Andy Hyeon Bo Shim def. Jim Liu, 4 and 3
    2011 — Jordan Spieth def. Chelso Barrett, 6 and 5
    2010 — Jim Liu def. Justin Thomas, 4 and 2
    2009 — Jordan Spieth def. Jay Hwang, 4 and 3
    2008 — Cameron Peck def. Evan Beck, 10 and 8
    2007 — Cory Whitsett def. Anthony Paolucci, 8 and 7
    2006 — Philip Francis def. Richard Lee, 3 and 2
    2005 — Kevin Tway def. Bradley Johnson, 5 and 3
    2004 — Sihwan Kim def. David Chung, 1 up
    2003 — Brian Harman def. Jordan Cox, 5 and 4
    2002 — Charlie Beljan def. Zac Reynolds, 20 holes
    2001 — Henry Liaw def.

    Richard Scott, 2 and 1
    2000 — Matthew Rosenfeld def. Ryan Moore, 3 and 2
    1999 — Hunter Mahan def. Camilo Villegas, 4 and 2
    1998 — James Oh def. Aaron Baddeley, 1 up
    1997 — Jason Allred def. Trevor Immelman, 1 up
    1996 — Shane McMenamy def. Charles Howell, 19 holes
    1995 — D. Scott Hailes def. James Driscoll, 1 up
    1994 — Terry Noe def. Andy Barnes, 2 up
    1993 — Tiger Woods def. Ryan Armour, 19 holes
    1992 — Tiger Woods def. Mark Wilson, 1 up
    1991 — Tiger Woods def. Brad Zwetschke, 19 holes
    1990 — Mathew Todd def. Dennis Hillman, 1 up
    1989 — David Duval def. Austin Maki, 1 up
    1988 — Jason Widener def. Brandon Knight, 1 up
    1987 — Brett Quigley def. Bill Heim, 1 up
    1986 — Brian Montgomery def. Nicky Goetze, 2 and 1
    1985 — Charles Rymer def. Gregory Lesher, 19 holes
    1984 — Doug Martin def. Brad Agee, 4 and 2
    1983 — Tim Straub def.

    John Mahon, 1 up
    1982 — Rich Marik def. Tim Straub, 4 and 3
    1981 — Scott Erickson def. Matt McCarley, 4 and 3
    1980 — Eric Johnson def. Bruce Soulsby, 4 and 3
    1979 — Jack Larkin def. Billy Tuten, 1 up
    1978 — Donald Hurter def. Keith Banes, 21 holes
    1977 — Willie Wood def. David Games, 4 and 3
    1976 — Madden Hatcher III def. Doug Clarke, 3 and 2
    1975 — Brett Mullin def. Scott Templeton, 2 and 1
    1974 — David Nevatt def. Mark Tinder, 4 and 3
    1973 — Jack Renner def. Mike Brannan, 20 holes
    1972 — Robert T. Byman def. Scott Simpson, 2 and 1
    1971 — Mike Brannan def. Robert Steele, 4 and 3
    1970 — Gary Koch def. Mike Nelms, 8 and 6
    1969 — Aly Trompas def. Eddie Pearce, 3 and 1
    1968 — Eddie Pearce def. W.B. Harman Jr., 6 and 5
    1967 — John T. Crooks def. Andy North, 2 and 1
    1966 — Gary Sanders def. Ray Leach, 2 up
    1965 — James Masserio def. Lloyd Liebler, 3 and 2
    1964 — Johnny Miller def. Enrique Sterling Jr., 2 and 1
    1963 — Gregg McHatton def. Richard Bland, 4 and 3
    1962 — James L. Wiechers def. James Sullivan, 4 and 3
    1961 — Charles S. McDowell def. Jay Sigel, 2 up
    1960 — William L. Tindall def. Robert L. Hammer, 2 and 1
    1959 — Larry J. Lee def. Michael V. McMahon, 2 up
    1958 — Gordon Baker def. R. Douglas Lindsay, 2 and 1
    1957 — Larry Beck def. David C. Leon, 6 and 5
    1956 — Harlan Stevenson def. Jack D. Rule Jr., 3 and 1
    1955 — Billy J. Dunn def. William J. Seanor, 3 and 2
    1954 — Foster Bradley Jr. def. Allen L. Geiberger, 3 and 1
    1953 — Rex Baxter Jr. def. George Warren III, 2 and 1
    1952 — Donald M. Bisplinghoff def.

    Eddie M. Meyerson, 2 up
    1951 — K. Thomas Jacobs Jr. def. Floyd Addington, 4 and 2
    1950 — Mason Rudolph def. Charles Beville, 2 and 1
    1949 — Gay Brewer def. Mason Rudolph, 6 and 4
    1948 — Dean Lind def. Ken Venturi, 4 and 2