By: Tyler Johnsen
This week Claire Xu, Grace Lee, Amber Li and Suzie Tran will represent Washington in the 2021 Girls’ Junior Americas Cup (GJAC) being played at Banbury GC in Eagle, Idaho.
The GJAC is a non-profit organization that brings girls together from various states and countries fostering new friendships and mutual respect. These golfers exemplify not only outstanding skill and experience, but also true sportsmanship, discipline, courtesy and strength of character.
The GJAC was established in 1978 under the leadership of Joan Teats from the state of Washington.
Each team consists of the top four girls from each state/country. The tournament is a 54-hole competition with teams counting three scores and throwing out the team’s highest score. The event also includes a practice round, opening and closing ceremonies, a tournament banquet and a social event. Being chosen to represent your state/country to play in the Girls Junior America’s Cup is one of the highest honors in girls’ junior golf.
Port Ludlow, Wash. – Nathan Yocam of Sammamish, Wash. shot an even par 72 to narrowly beat out his colleagues for medalist honors in U.S. Junior Amateur qualifying today at Port Ludlow (Wash.) Golf Course.
Out of a field of 39, the two other available spots at this Qualifier were claimed by Brock Maulding of Lake Tapps, Wash., who shot a 1-over 73, birdieing three of his final four holes; and Baylor Larrabee of Ferndale, Wash. who also shot a 1-over 73.
Yocam, Maulding and Larrabee will now advance to the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, which will be held July 19-24 at The Country Club of North Carolina in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Washington Golf (WA Golf) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this Qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
To be eligible, golfers must not have reached their 19th birthday by midnight of July 24, 2021, and have an up-to-date Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4.
The Nguyen Sisters are back and once again putting on the Nguyen Jr Am Fundraiser Tournament to benefit WJGA and The First Tee of Greater Seattle this summer!
Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 8th at North Shore GC and get your team of four registered as the event filled up quickly last year.All registration is done online at http://junioram.ducfoundation.org/.
The tournament format is a 4-person shamble, at least one team member must be a junior golfer, with a 2pm shotgun that day. Complete tournament information can be found here.
“It is a privilege to be able to play competitive golf. It takes a lot of time, resources, and support. For me to be able to pursue this game for over a decade, to make it to some of junior golf’s most elite tournaments, speaks to a level of privilege that I’m not sure I will ever be able to pay back,” states Lauryn.
Proceeds from the 2021 Nguyen Junior Am will benefit WJGA and The First Tee of Greater Seattle – two organizations that has helped them learn the value of perseverance through competitive golf.
“WJGA & First Tee has allowed me to grow so much in my game while making great friendships, having fun, and learning grit & determination. I’m inspired to give back to such amazing organizations,” exclaims Maya
Lauryn Nguyen shot 1-under-par 71 to claim medalist honors in U.S. Girls’ Junior qualifying, held at McCormick Woods Golf Club in Port Orchard, Wash on June 1st.
Nguyen finished her round with a birdie on the par-3 17th and then an eagle on the par-5 18th, which vaulted her into the top spot.
Grace Lee of Bellevue, Wash. and Kennedy Knox of Seattle both shot even-par 72 to claim the other two spots from the Qualifier.
Nguyen, Lee and Knox will now advance to the 2021 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, which will be held July 12-17 at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.
Washington Golf (WA Golf) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted the Qualifier for the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
To be eligible, golfers must not have reached their 19th birthday by midnight of July 17, 2021, and have an up-to-date Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4.
*UPDATED* June 10, 2021 – WJGA COVID-19 Statement
Given the ongoing developments and regulations put forth by the state of Washington and CDC, WJGA has implemented a COVID-19 Policies and Procedures guideline to navigate the 2021 season:
With the lifting of state mandates on touch points, such as the flagstick and bunker rakes, the WJGA has modified it’s guidelines in these areas.
WJGA will continue to monitor and adapt these policies as the season progresses.