Junior America’s Cup
2020 Championship Information
Boys Junior America’s Cup
Date: July 26-30, 2020
Site: Genoa Golf Club, Reno, Nevada
Girls Junior America’s Cup
Date: July 19-23, 2020
Site: Banbury GC, Eagle, Idaho
Sun Country Team Selection Process
Sun Country’s Boys and Girls Junior Americas Cup teams will be selected through a qualifying event. The three (3) low-finishing boys and girls will qualify to join the Sun Country team at that year’s Junior America’s Cup. The fourth team member for each team will be reserved for a Captain’s pick.
May 23-24, 2020
NM Tech GC, Socorro, NM
36 holes of stroke play, ties broken by playoff
Active Sun Country Junior Tour Members only. Boys and girls must be 14 year of age at the start of the Junior America’s Cup tournament (July 26, 2020 Boys – July 19, 2020 Girls) and must have not reached their 19th birthday by the final day of the Junior America’s Cup tournament (July 30, 2020 Boys , July 23, 2020 Girls).
Cost & Fundraising
Sun Country Assistance and Parental / Player Responsibility
The Sun Country Junior Golf Foundation will cover the cost of the team entry fee and will assist with the cost of team uniforms. The hosting Association will coordinate free housing for players only. Parents and players are responsible for the cost of travel to the event, any overage on uniform cost, and any other incidental costs related to the event.
Fundraising, Amateur Status & Reimbursement
Team captains will provide players with opportunities to raise funds to help cover the team’s costs. In order to protect the players’ amateur status, any contributions received for the Junior America’s Cup must be made out to and delivered in full to the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association. The USGA’s Rules of Amateur Status provide that the local Amateur Association can issue reimbursements to amateurs for actual expenditures. Therefore, players will be required to submit a reimbursement form with original receipts and will be reimbursed for actual expenditures up to the amount of the funds raised. Reimbursement can be submitted for the player’s expenses only. Expenses incurred by the parents for their own travel, lodging, meals, etc., are not reimbursable. For more information regarding the reimbursement of individual tournament expenses, please click here.
Team captains are selected by the executive committees of the Sun Country PGA and the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association and are chosen for their dedication to furthering junior golf and the interests of Sun Country. If you are interested in serving as a team captain in the future, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys Junior America’s Cup
The Junior America’s Cup first started in 1959. The original JAC started as matches between the Mexican, Alberta and the Southern California Junior Golf Associations with each association hosting every 3 years. Today, teams are sent from San Diego, Northern California, Southern California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Sun Country (New Mexico & El Paso, TX), Hawaii, British Columbia, Alberta and Mexico.
The Junior Americas Cup has showcased some of the best junior golfers throughout the western region. The competition brings together an elite international field of 17 teams of the top four boys representing 12 western states, 2 Canadian Provinces and Mexico competing in a team format. Team results are based on the lowest three gross scores of the four team members. Players also compete for low individual medalist honors.
Many former participants have gone on to become successful Tour players, and its likely many of this year’s participants will follow in the footsteps of other famous JAC alumni such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Corey Pavin. Other notable participants include Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay, John Cook, Jason Gore, Charley Hoffman, Peter Jacobson, Steve Jones, Anthony Kim, Joel Kribel, Casey Martin, Billy Mayfair, Ryan Moore, Kevin Na, Pat Perez, Chris Riley, Scott Simpson, Duffy Waldorf and Mark Wiebe.
Girls Junior America’s Cup
The Girls Junior America’s Cup was established in 1978 under the leadership of Joan Teats from the state of Washington. The first tournament was held at Tumwater Valley Golf Course in Olympia, Washington. Eleven teams participated including Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, Idaho, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Washington.
The second year teams from Colorado, Mexico, Montana and Utah joined the event. In 1985 Hawaii joined this prestigious competition along with New Mexico/Sun Country in 1990. Wyoming completed the 18 team event in 1991.
Each team consists of the top four girls from each state/country. These golfers exemplify not only outstanding skill and experience, but also true sportsmanship, discipline, courtesy and strength of character.
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.