USGA Junior Amateur, Girls' Junior Guidelines


Major modifications to the eligibility criteria of the USGA’s junior championships take effect this year. The 70th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be contested July 17-22 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kansas, followed by the 69th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, which will be contested July 24-29 at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Missouri.

The changes are as follows:

  • The maximum Handicap Index® requirements have been lowered to 9.4 for the U.S. Girls’ Junior and 4.4 for the U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • The maximum age for competitors in both junior championships is now 18 years old. This means that along with the new handicap requirements, the 2017 championships are open to amateur golfers who will not have reached their 19th birthday on or before July 22, 2017, for the U.S. Junior Amateur, and on or before July 29, 2017, for the U.S. Girls’ Junior.
  • Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur is now 18 holes instead of 36.

Eligible players can apply to play at

Courtesy of the USGA


About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

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About the AJGA

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.

TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.