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NORTON, Massachusetts – Three Massachusetts natives will be in the field vying for a chance to win the 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship this year at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
James Imai of Brookline, the reigning Massachusetts Junior Amateur champion, and Jack O’Donnell of Cohasset, will join defending U.S. Junior Amateur Champion and Wellesley native Michael Thorbjornsen as competitors in the elite field of 156 junior golfers beginning on Monday, July 15. Both Imai and O’Donnell advanced through qualifying for the event on June 24th at Marlborough Country Club. Imai shot a three under 68 to finish with medalist honors while O’Donnell, a member of the Boston College High School golf team, won out in a 5-for-2 playoff after shooting an even par 71 during regulation.
After advancing to the match play Round of 64 at last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur championship, Imai will be making his second straight appearance in the tournament and his third overall (2015). Thorbjornsen was automatically exempt into the event as the defending champion and as a Top-50 age eligible points leader in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Thorbjornsen is also coming off his U.S. Open debut at Pebble Beach last month and is also exempt into the U.S. Amateur Championship in August. O’Donnell will be making his debut in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
This will be the first time a U.S. Junior Amateur Championship has made its way to the Inverness Club, but the course has its fair share of history. Notable past events Inverness has held include four U.S. Open’s, two U.S. Senior Open’s, two PGA Championship’s, two NCAA Men’s Championships, and one U.S. Amateur Championship. Overall, this will be the state of Ohio’s third time hosting a U.S. Junior Amateur Championship after Ohio State University Golf Club hosted in 1977 (Won by Willie Wood) and Muirfield Village Golf Club hosted in 1986 (Won by Brian Montgomery).
Monday, July 15 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Tuesday, July 16 (Stroke Play, Round 2, 18 holes)
Wednesday, July 17 (Round of 64, match play)
Thursday, July 18 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Friday, July 19 (Quarterfinals/Semifinals, match play)
Saturday, July 20, Championship Match, 36 holes)
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