Austin Barbin (center) qualifies for the U.S. Junior Amateur.
2016 U.S. Junior Amateur
The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tennessee
July 18-23, 2016
It was battling stormy and windy weather that Chesapeake Bay Golf Club junior golfer Austin Barbin (age 15) qualified on June 16, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Golf Club’s Rising Sun course for the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur shooting a 36 hole score of 143 (75, 68). This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be held at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee on July 18-23, 2016. Designed by Pete Dye, The Honors Course is set to host its first U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and fifth USGA championship.
Also qualifying at Chesapeake Bay Golf Club’s Rising Sun Course were Kyle Vance of Audubon, PA (136) and Jacob Hanzel of Sewell, NJ (143). Ron Robinson of Hatfield, PA and Chesapeake Bay Golf Club junior golfer Zachary Barbin finished as Alternates. Zach’s 1 under par 70 for the second leg of his 36 hole round gave him a combined score of 147 (77, 70).
U.S. Junior Amateur History
In 1948, the USGA inaugurated the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, for players under the age of 18, to determine the best junior golfer in the United States.
A number of prominent players have won including 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, who captured three consecutive titles from 1991-93. Jordan Spieth, the 2015 U.S. Open champion, is the only other individual to win multiple Junior Amateur titles. Other notable champions include David Duval, Gary Koch, Hunter Mahan, Johnny Miller, Mason Rudolph and Kevin Tway, the son of 1986 PGA champion Bob Tway.