Idle Hour Country Club to Host 47th Southern Junior Championship

LEXINGTON, KY (June 10, 2019) – 156 elite junior golfers will travel from near and far to Idle Hour Country Club in Lexington, KY for the 47th Southern Junior Championship from June 12-14. The field is diversely represented by 23 states and six countries. There are 81 players ranked among the top 1000 by Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings.

This marks the first time that Idle Hour Country Club has hosted the Southern Junior Championship.

Charlie Flynn, of Shreveport, LA, won the title in 2018 at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, LA. He is unable to defend this year since he is now playing at the collegiate level for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Men’s Golf Team.

The Championship was first played in 1973 with Buddy Rountree from Ft. Lauderdale, FL winning the inaugural event. Charles Howell III, of Augusta, Georgia holds the record with 3 victories (1994-1996).

Championship Facts

Event: 47th Southern Junior Championship

Dates: June 12-14, 2019

Host Site: Idle Hour Country Club, Lexington, KY

Yardage: 7018 yards, par 35-35--70

Course/Slope Rating: 73.8/131

Course Architect: Donald Ross, Ron Prichard

2018 Champion: Charlie Flynn, Shreveport, LA

Most Titles: 3 - Charles Howell III, Augusta, GA (1994-1996)

Format: 54 holes of stroke play. The field will be cut to the low 66 players and ties after 36 holes. The lowest score for 54 holes will be the Champion. In the event of a tie for the overall Championship only, a hole-by-hole play-off will be held immediately following play. Initial groupings will be for two days; the field will be cut and grouped by score after the second round for the third round.

Eligibility: Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who has a current USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 12.4 under the USGA Handicap System, and has reached his 14th birthday by June 12, 2019, but not his 19th birthday by June 14, 2019. Note: Entrant cannot be a member of a college golf team or have participated in any supervised team activities.

Championship Schedule

Tuesday, June 11 All Day

Practice rounds.

8:00am-5:00pm: Player Registration in the Clubhouse.

Wednesday, June 12

Round 1: Tee times at 7:30am & 12:30pm off #1 & #10 tees.

11:00am-3:00pm: Hosted player lunch.

Thursday, June 13

Round 2: Tee times at 7:30am & 12:30pm off #1 & #10 tees.

11:00am-3:00pm: Hosted player lunch.

Cut to low 66 scores and ties.

Field re-grouped according to score.

Friday, June 14

Round 3: Tee times at 7:30am off #1 & #10 tees.

11:00am-3:00pm: Hosted player lunch.

Awards ceremony immediately following play at scoreboard.

Championship Links:

About the Southern Golf Association (SGA)

The Southern Golf Association, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest golf organizations and serves member clubs over a 15 state area. Recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Regional Golf Associations as one of the leaders in the promotion of Amateur Golf, SGA championships are selected for inclusion as criteria for selecting players for USGA and State team competitions. Through the years, SGA Champions have been chosen to represent various state golf associations in selected team competitions, including the Walker Cup and World Amateur. The SGA is host to the Southern Junior Championship as well as the Southern Amateur Championship and hosts the international award, the “Amateur of the Month”, to a deserving amateur golfer on a monthly basis.

For more information about the Southern Golf Association, visit

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