The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Golf Course was recently selected to host the Junior America’s Cup Tournament. The event is one of the more prestigious Junior tournaments played in the United States each summer. This year’s event will be played July 22-26.
The Junior America’s Cup showcases some of the best junior male golfers throughout the western region. The competition brings together an elite international field of 18 teams of the top four boys representing 12 western states, two Canadian Provinces and Mexico competing in a team format. (Host families are needed for the event)
Team results are based on the lowest three gross scores of the four team members. Players also compete for low individual medalist honors. Live scoring can be followed daily.
Many former participants of the Junior America’s Cup have gone on to become successful PGA Tour players, and it is 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, Notah Begay, John Cook, Charley Hoffman, Peter Jacobson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Na, Pat Perez and Tony Finau.
In additional to the field, numerous Division I College golf coaches will be on site recruiting players to major universities all across the United States. The head rules official will be Paul Caruso, the former Vice President of the United States Golf Association (USGA).
Public spectating will be allowed during this event.
“This is a great opportunity for the public to watch world-class junior golfers, many of which may move on to highly successful college and PGA Tour careers,”said Steve Wickliffe Fairmont’s Director of Golf Operations. “We are very excited to bring this highly prestigious international golf event to southwest Montana.”
The pairing format is quite unique in that each team member plays with a different player from two other associations the first two rounds. The final day pairings are made according to the 36-hole team totals. There are no playoffs in case of ties; duplicate medals (gold, silver and bronze) are presented to the tying team members.
The Girls Junior America’s Cup featuring the same format as the boy’s will take place this year in Colorado and will be hosted by Hiwan Country Club in Evergreen.
In the spring of 2018, Fairmont began the 3rd phase of a $1.7 million renovation plan to its 18-hole golf course. These improvements have included renovation of all of the courses bunkers, rebuilding of eight tee boxes, recontouring of three greens, building a new range tee and this year replacement of the courses irrigation system.