The U.S. Girls' Junior Championship is open to female amateur players who will have not reached their 18th birthday on or before July 21, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4.
FORMAT: Two days worth of 36-hole, qualifying stroke-play will be contested on Monday, July 16th and Tuesday, July 17th. The field will then be reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play.
The first round of matches will be held on Wednesday, July 18th, while the second and third round matches will be contested on Thursday, July 19th. Quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be held on Friday, July 20th with the championship match being contested on Saturday, July 21st. All matches will be 18 holes except the championship match, which will be 36 holes.
CHAMPION REWARDS: A gold medal, and custody of the Glenna Collett Vare Trophy for the ensuing year. The runner-up receives a silver medal; the other semifinalists receive bronze medals. The qualifying medalist receives a bronze medal. The winner also receives an exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Girls' Juniors, if otherwise eligible; an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next two U.S. Women's Amateurs; an exemption from local qualifying for the next five U.S. Women's Opens; an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, if otherwise eligible.
HISTORY: The U.S. Girls' Junior Championship was established in 1949, one year after the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The inaugural Girls' Junior drew a starting field of 28 girls from 17 states, although 10 of the players were from the Philadelphia area. The first champion, Marlene Bauer, 15, came all the way from Los Angeles to win her first national golf title. The championship has also helped launch the careers of such outstanding players as Mickey Wright, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Nancy Lopez, Amy Alcott and Hollis Stacy. Stacy's record of three consecutive Girls' Junior Championships, from 1969 to 1971, is among the most remarkable accomplishments in USGA history. While victory in the U.S. Girls' Junior by no means guarantees a successful career in women's golf, Girls' Junior champions have won the Women's Amateur 11 times and the Women's Open 11 times. In addition, 15 Girls' Junior champions have gone on to represent the United States of America on the Curtis Cup team. The USGA received 1,070 entries for the 2012 championship, the third consecutive year that entries surpassed 1,000. A record 1,086 entries were accepted in 2011.
TROPHY: The U.S. Girls' Junior Chamionship Trophy was presented in 1949 by Glenna Collett Vare, who won a record six U.S. Women's Amateur Championships between 1925 and 1935. It is named "The Glenna Collett Vare Trophy" in her honor.