Established in 1927 by the Oregon Golf Association, the Oregon Junior Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious event amateur sporting competitions in the state. Each year, more than 210 youngsters age 8 to 17 will compete for this prestigious title at the week long event.
Boys and Girls compete in appropriate age divisions including Juniors (Boys 16-17), Boys (14-15), Intermediate Boys (12-13), Pee Wee Boys (8-11), Girls (15-17), Intermediate Girls (12-14), Pee Wee Girls (8-11). All divisions play 18-holes with the exception of the Pee Wees who play 9-holes (Pee Wee Boys play an 18-hole championship match).
There is one round of stroke play qualifying to establish flights and seeds for match play. The winner of each division comes from the Championship Flight. All junior golfers are guaranteed at least two rounds of match play. If a player loses their first round match, they drop down to a consolation flight.
The Oregon Golf Association (OGA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit membership association. Founded in 1924, the OGA was originally established with the sole purpose of conducting the Oregon Amateur Championship. Since its founding 90 years ago, the OGA has evolved to now provide a multitude of benefits and services to approximately 50,000 individual men, women, senior, and junior members at over 270 member golf clubs and 190 golf courses throughout the Oregon and SW Washington.
The OGA also works tirelessly to promote, foster, and grow the game of golf in its region through its support of golf related charities and "good for the game" programs. The organization is governed by a 15-person volunteer Executive Committee and managed by a full-time staff of eleven. When a golfer joins an OGA Member Club, a portion of the dues paid to the club is remitted to the OGA to belong to the Association.
As a regional representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA), the OGA is responsible for administering the USGA GHIN Handicap System as well as rating and measuring all regulation golf courses in accordance with the USGA Course Rating System. It also works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.