The power of golf is clearly seen through young golfers everywhere, especially the exceptional junior golfers and junior golf program at Egypt Valley.
Part of the Egypt Valley junior golf legacy includes when the club hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2010—an unforgettable event that saw some of the most recognizable up-and-coming names in golf.
Today, those names are taking the PGA Tour by storm, including Jordan Speith, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Brandon Ng—all of whom played within that same 2010 class at Egypt Valley.
In July of 2010, Jordan Spieth was 16 and the defending champion when Egypt Valley hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur. Though he didn’t win that year, he was among the players who demonstrated golf talent beyond their years in the first USGA national championship ever held in West Michigan.
Jim Liu of Smithtown, New York, emerged the champion that week with a 4 and 2 win over Justin Thomas of Goshen, Kentucky, in the 36-hole final. Liu at age 14 was the youngest winner ever in the championship, topping a record set previously by 15-year-old Tiger Woods.
Spieth called Egypt Valley a great host for the championship.
“The USGA always picks first-class sites and golf courses,” he said. “I can’t blame the golf course. It was perfect.”
Additional players seen during the Junior Amateur that year who are now on the tour include: Wyndham Clark, Emiliano Grillo, Shugo Imahira, Tom Lovelady, Denny McCarthy, Cody Proveaux, Ollie Schniederjahns, Robby Shelton, Cameron Wilson, and Bobby Wyatt.
On multiple occasions, PGA TV commentators have remarked at the strength of this particular class, something we’re honored to have been host to at the club. Here at Egypt Valley, we’re proud of the junior program we have, where young golfers can foster their skills and improve their game. You never know—we may have the next big name in golf honing their skills right here on our courses.