British Columbia Golf Announces 46th Annual Boys Junior Americas Cup Team
BC's 2018 Boys Junior Americas Cup Squad Clockwise From Top Left: Michael Crisologo, Andy Kim, Dylan Bercan And Joel Veenstra - Images Courtesy Golf Canada (Chuck Russell), MJT & BC Golf (Jurgen Kaminski)
The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Golf Course in Anaconda, Montana is set to host the 46th Annual Junior America’s Cup from July 22-26, 2018. The Junior America’s Cup features 18-teams of four boys representing the State, Province, or Country.
Each round will count the top-3 scores from its team members. This year’s field once again features several top-ranked junior golfers from around the world. Live scoring can be followed daily.
2018 Junior America’s Cup
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Golf Course
Hosted by the Montana State Golf Association
July 22-26, 2018
Fairmont’s golf course features an outstanding 6,741 yard, 18 hole, par 72 layout. Fairmont’s “mile high, mile long” 5th hole is recognized as one of the most challenging among Montana golf courses. The green is a mile high and the tee box is 649 yards away, making this par 5 one of the longest holes in Montana. Fairmont’s 3rd hole features Montana’s largest green, a three-tiered 10,000 square foot putting surface.
Five ponds add to the diversity of the 150 acre course, with a dramatic fountain pond on the finishing hole. CLICK HERE for more info on the course.
2018 BC Junior Americas Cup Team:
- Michael Crisologo (Richmond)
- Dylan Bercan (Vancouver)
- Andy Kim (Langley)
- Joel Veenstra (Smithers)
Captain / Coach: Jason 'Nitro' Rite
In 1959 there was an amateur biannual event between amateur teams from the three countries, which was disbanded in the mid 60’s, that did not involve juniors and the JAC had not been organized. The original JAC started as matches between the Mexican, Alberta and the Southern California Junior Golf Associations with each association hosting every 3 years.
In 1972, a meeting was held at the Hogan Cup at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Ore. The meeting’s participants included: Bob Norquist Oregon; Lou Smith, San Diego; Walt McConalogue, Northern California; Bill Brandt, Southern California; Al Jones, Pacific Northwest GA and Fred Wellsby and Harry White, British Columbia.
At the meeting the decision was made to expand the Junior America’s Cup to include our western states plus Canada and Mexico. Those participating were: British Columbia, Idaho, Mexico (with two teams), Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Washington and Utah.
In 1972, the Junior Golf Association of Northern California hosted the first event under the new expanded format. Each team had five members. The competitors were housed by golfing families in the Pebble Beach area. What a great experience it was for all involved! The boys played Monterey Peninsula Country Club the first round, Spyglass Hill the second round, with the final round being hosted by the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The Awards Ceremony was held on the lawn by the picturesque 18th green. San Diego captured the gold and one of the team members, Scott Simpson, is still active on the pro tour today.
In 1974, a change was made to the team size, with four team members instead of five. The format has remained the same since. That year, Arizona and Hawaii were invited to participate. British Columbia withdrew from the Matches for a few years.
In 1975, Colorado became a part of the America’s Cup Matches with Montana joining in 1976 and Alberta in 1977. British Columbia also rejoined. The field remained the same until 1989 when Sun Country (New Mexico and part of western Texas) were asked to join. In 1995, Mexico asked to bring one team instead of two. Wyoming was admitted to the group in 2001 which brought the team total to 17 with each golf association rotating hosting this prestigious event.
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.
In November of 2004, the Boys’ Junior America’s Cup lost its long-time Executive Director, Sally Pini (Northern California). In her memory the Sally Pini Memorial Medal was awarded for the first time at the 2006 Boys’ Junior America’s Cup to the individual medalist.
Historical results from the Boys Junior Americas Cup can be found HERE