By: Tim Langer, AJGA Communications
One of the biggest perks of the AJGA Internship is the opportunity to travel. To be honest, I had my fingers crossed to end up with the team on the west coast. So when I found out I would be in the northeast, especially being from Connecticut, my reaction could be described as cautious enthusiasm. The stops were all places I had never been, but I assumed that they would be pretty similar to what I knew from growing up fairly close.
Then week two rolled around and we landed in Rochester, New York, for the Rolex Girls Junior Championship at The Country Club of Rochester. The Country Club of Rochester is hosting the event for the second time in three years, which is somewhat unusual as the tournament typically moves around pretty often. However, when you look at the history of the course, it is only fitting that one of the most prestigious clubs in the country will host the 25th edition of one of the most prestigious tournaments on the AJGA schedule.
The Country Club of Rochester stakes its claim as one of the oldest golf clubs in America, and considering it was founded in 1895, I’ll take their word for it. It started as a nine-hole course and slowly expanded into the 18-hole course of today thanks to course architects such as Robert Trent Jones, and Arthur Hills. Even though the course was restored in 2004, the British hole names, Waterloo, Slopes, and Wilbur’s Elbow, remained as a reminder of the rich history of the course. A history that includes hosting the first ever USGA conducted U.S. Women’s Open Championship in 1953, the 1962 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, and a return visit from the U.S. Women’s Open Championship 20 years after the inaugural event.
The course is a perfect tie to the rich history of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. The event has seen some of the best female golfers in the world etch their names on the perpetual trophy. Past champions include Inbee Park, the 2013 Rolex Player of the Year, and the youngest to ever win a U.S. Women’s Open Championship, Paula Creamer, who took home the U.S. Women’s Open Championship title in 2010, and two-time champion Ariya Jutanugarn, who recently won three straight events on the LPGA Tour.
Tuesday, 72 members of golf’s next generation will tee off on Haig’s House in hopes of continuing the tradition of excellence at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and The Country Club of Rochester.