b'I was the resorts PGA professional, and the USGA needed someone at theU.S. Womens resort to be a representative for each championship, so I raised my hand.At this summers U.S. Junior, two days of stroke play will be contested atAmateur at resorts Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails courses before the top 64 players move on to match play, which features six rounds at Bandon Dunes. Chambers BayYou say six rounds of match play, but its really seven because the second round of stroke play brings the same nerves, said defending champion Nicholas Dunlap, a high school senior in Huntsville, Ala. who has signed to play at the University of Alabama in the fall. If you dont play well, you areChambers Bay in eliminated. It is grueling, just hard to explain. If each match comes down to theUniversity Place, wire, you are mentally and physically exhausted after each one of them.Dunlap got his first look at Bandon Dunes in April when he was invited toWash. will be hosting participate in a media event promoting the championship. Rain poured in thethe 2022 U.S. Womens morning before wind and sun arrived in the afternoon when he played a round with Simonds, mostly fromAmateur Championship the back tees.on Aug. 8-14. This will I have never played any golf like this, he said. Itbe the fourth USGA is going to be a test. Beingchampionship conducted from Alabama, I dont think you can really prepareat Chambers Bay, having for this. Throughoutpreviously hosted the tournaments, I have played in some wind and rain, but2010 U.S. Amateur, 2015 nothing like this. The gorse,U.S. Open and 2021 U.S. Ive never seen it before.In the middle of summer,Amateur Four-Ball.Bandon may provide a different forecast for eachChambers Bay has day of the championship.become a special place We want Bandon Dunes to be Bandon Dunes into the USGA, and we July, USGA tournament director Greg SanfilippoThe 2006 Curtis Cup was theare ecstatic that our said. We will not deviate from a comprehensivefirst USGA championship held at test, but Bandon will truly provide what we areBandon Dunes Golf Resort (picturedrelationship with Pierce looking for organically. The wind, rolling terrain,is U.S. team member and Yakima,County and the golf ground game, rain, shot type, risk-reward,Wash.-native Paige Mackenzie). This drivable par-4 considerations, fog and turfsummers U.S. Junior Amateur willcourse continues, said firmness. The eventual champion will earn thebe the eighth USGA championshipJohn Bodenhamer, right to call himself a USGA champion. held at the resort.so far. With his win in 2021, Dunlap joined a list thatUSGA senior includes three-time winner Tiger Woods, two-time winner Jordan Spieth asmanaging director of well as Scottie Scheffler, Will Zalatoris, and David Duval. Woods and Johnny Miller won previous U.S. Junior Amateurs in Oregon.Championships, and Just saying you won something like this, a trophy with the USGA on it, isformer PNGA executive special, Dunlap said. It is the best of the best and to have names like Tiger on it three times makes it even better. director. More than 3,000 players age 18 and under are expected to compete in 57 qualifiers during June to fill out the field of 264. The semifinals and finals willFor information be televised on Golf Channel with the winner of the championship receiving anabout volunteering exemption into the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. This isnt just another junior golf championship, Sanfilippo said. This isor attending visit the biggest stage in junior golf and it is often referred to by players as the U.S.ChambersBayGolf.com. Open of junior golf.Gallery admission to the championship is free, as Bandon Dunes will be filledTickets are free. with college coaches as well as family and friends of players for the week. Visit BandonDunesGolf.com for more information. JUNE 2022 |PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER27'