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.