7/5/2013 6:00:00 AM Ramirez wins medal honors at U.S. Junior Amateur Championship qualifying tournament
Junior amateur golfer, Caleb Ramirez (left) and his caddie Jon Whiting (right), advance to the to the 66th run of U.S, Junior Amateur Championship after competing in a qualifying golf tournament at Cooper River country Club in Fresno, Calif. on June 24.
By John Wise Special to the Times
BLYTHE -Young Blythonian Caleb Ramirez advanced to the 66th run of U.S. Junior Amateur Championship after competing in a qualifying golf tournament at Cooper River Country Club in Fresno on June 24.
The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship is organized by USGA (United States Golf Association) and conducts national championships such as the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, the U.S. Senior Open, 10 national amateur championships and the State Team Championships.
There were 49 other participants in this 36-hole stroke play tournament. Only two players advance from this tournament to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship being held at the 7,675 yards Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif. from July 22-28. This will be the longest course in U.S. Junior Amateur History. There are 61 other sites that held qualifying competitions between June 10 and July 2 with over 2,860 entries. Only 156 Elite Junior Amateur golfers from around the country are allowed to compete in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
With the exceeding love and support from his family and caddie help from another hometown young man, "Johnny Sox" Whiting, Ramirez was one of the two to advance with his rounds of 68 and 69.
"It was the second longest day in golf since we were there for 13 hours," said Ramirez.
Past winners of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship are famous golf professionals like Johnny Miller, David Duvall and Tiger Woods. Jack Nicklaus qualified five times but never won this tournament.
Ramirez, 15, is seen daily at the Blythe Municipal Golf Course practicing and honing his skills. The Blythe Municipal Golf Course's staff works hard to keep the course in tip-top shape and to provide great service in the clubhouse.
For more information about the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, go to www.martiscamp.com/usga-championship.