The Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado and Eisenhower Golf Club are proud to host the 72nd U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, set for July 13-18, 2020. The championship is groundbreaking as it will mark the first time that a military organization’s golf course will play host to a USGA championship. The championship will be conducted on the Blue Course of the 36-hole facility, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1959.
The Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado (JGAC) is serving as the host organization for the championship. Founded in 2016 by the Colorado PGA and the Colorado Golf Association, the JGAC serves as a vehicle for collaboration in the arena of junior golf in the state of Colorado for parents, kids, coaches and PGA Professionals by streamlining the junior golf process, filling in the voids, further building the junior golf ranks, and creating excitement with the four Major Championships.
The 2020 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be the 34th USGA championship in Colorado. The last time the U.S. Girls’ Junior was held in Colorado was in 1982 at Greeley Country Club, when Heather Farr defeated Caroline Keggi, 2 and 1, in the championship’s final match. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was also held at Lakewood C.C. in Denver in 1957, as well as at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen in 1965.
Notable U.S. Girls' champions include a who’s who of World Golf Hall of Fame members, like three-time champion Hollis Stacy, winner of four major championships, including three U.S. Women's Open titles; Nancy Lopez, who won 48 LPGA Tour events over the course of her legendary career, including three major championships; and four-time U.S. Women's Open champion Mickey Wright, who won 82 times on the LPGA Tour, the second-most all-time. Current stars who won the championship include Inbee Park (2002), Lexi Thompson (2008), Ariya Jutanugarn (2011), and Minjee Lee (2012).
The U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship is open to female amateurs who have not turned 19 on or before the final day of the championship and have a Handicap Index® of 9.4 or lower. Since 2017, the champion has earned an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open.