The Tournament Committee is proud to announce that the 18th Northern Junior Championship will be contested August 5th- 7th, 2019 at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut. The 36-hole championship will be contested over two days and is open to amateur Boys and Girls who have not reached their 19th birthday by August 6th, 2019 and have not yet entered their first year of college.
Links: 2019 Tournament Player Field
Widely regarded as one of the top private golf courses in New England, New Haven Country Club was founded in 1898 and features an 18-hole championship course designed by Willie Park, Jr. The course has undergone numerous renovations since its inception, including a new set of green complexes that were completely resurfaced in 2009. The course is known for its outstanding playing conditions and its challenging, undulating greens which are often regarded as the best in the state.
2019 will mark the fifth year that New Haven Country Club will host the Northern Junior Championship. Last year, the Northern Junior featured its strongest field to date, as 117 players from twenty-one different states and provinces gathered at Great River Golf Club for the 36-hole stroke play competition. Top ranked junior golfers Benjamin James of Milford, Connecticut and Kyra Cox of South Salem, New York emerged victorious.
New Haven Country Club boasts a history that is unrivaled in the state. The club was a founding member of the League of Connecticut Golf Clubs which later became the Connecticut State Golf Association, and it has been a cornerstone of the state’s golf scene ever since. Yale professor Theodore Woolsey is credited with being the driving force behind the club’s incorporation and much of its early development including the purchase of an expanse of farmland beside Lake Whitney in Hamden.
The present layout was designed by renowned architect Willie Park, Jr. in 1922. While the course is relatively straight-forward from the teeing ground, it is the green complexes that truly define the course. “New Haven Country Club features an incredible set of greens that offer a wide variety of hole locations,” said Kevin Josephson, Course Set-Up Committee. “We are already looking ahead and planning the set-up of the golf course and look forward to providing the players with a unique and interesting challenge come early August.”
New Haven Country Club has a long history of hosting the area’s top amateur championships, having played host to an incredible sixteen Connecticut Amateur Championships and eight Connecticut Open Championships. It also hosted the New England Amateur in 1941 and 1998, and the New England Junior Championship in 2007. Most recently, it hosted the 2018 Connecticut Open Championship, which saw former Northern Junior participant John VarDerLaan capture the title over C.J. Swift.
The Northern Junior Championship is a nationally ranked junior golf tournament that was created in order to provide top national and international junior players a chance to compete and also enjoy an entirely unique experience. The 36-hole stroke play event is contested over two days and is open to amateur boys and girls under the age of 19 who have not entered their first year of college. The goal of the event is to provide the same championship treatment offered at the premier amateur, collegiate, and professional events around the world, while also providing junior golfers with exposure to college golf coaches and national media.
The tournament is conducted each year in memory of Stan Trojanowski, father of Cindy and Gary Trojanowski. A golfer himself, his personality and willingness to help others will never be forgotten in the people he met both on and off the golf course. The Northern Junior was established in 2002 in memory of his death on August 21st, 2001.
Friday, July 6th
Tournament Application Deadline
Thursday, July 25th
Open Qualifier at Oak Hills Park Golf Course (Click here for Information)
Monday, August 5th
Official Practice Rounds (Complimentary for all participants)
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Registration and Official Practice Rounds
5:30 p.m. – Players Welcome Reception and Ryan Lee Scholarship Presentation
(Complimentary for all participants. Family and friends of participants are invited and encouraged to attend)
Tuesday, August 6th
First Round of Stroke Play
7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Starting Times (All play will be in threesomes)
Wednesday, August 7th
Second Round of Stroke Play
7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Starting Times (Players will be re-paired by score, with leaders going off last. All play will be in threesomes.)
6:15 p.m. – Awards Ceremony and Trophy Presentation