The Tournament Committee is proud to announce that the 22nd Northern Junior Championship presented by Junior Golf Hub will be contested August 5th – 7th, 2024 at The Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, Connecticut. The 36-hole international championship is open to amateur Boys and Girls who have not reached their 19th birthday.
Widely regarded as one of the top private clubs in New England, The Hartford Golf Club was founded in 1896 and features 27-holes that represent a combination of Donald Ross and Devereux Emmet design. An extensive golf course renovation in 2017 included a complete bunker renovation and restoration of green complexes to their original dimensions. The red course will be used for the championship proper, and will play to a par of 35-36–71.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring the Northern Junior Championship to such an iconic venue,” said Cody Paladino, Tournament Director. “Since its inception, Hartford Golf Club has hosted some of the most prestigious championships in the country, and we look forward to adding to that legacy. We are looking forward to making this year’s championship a truly special one for the players and their families.”
The 22nd Northern Junior will mark the first time the championship has been held at The Hartford Golf Club, which will add to the club’s extensive history of hosting state and national championships. Most notably, the club has previously hosted a pair of USGA championships – the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, won by Lexi Thompson, and the 1996 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, won by John Miller. The club has also hosted ten Connecticut Amateur Championships, four Connecticut Open Championships and three New England Amateur Championships.
“On behalf of the members and staff of Hartford Golf Club, it is an honor to be hosting the 22nd Northern Junior Championship”, said Richard Bray, Head Golf Professional. “We are delighted to welcome a great international field of juniors to enjoy the Hartford Golf Club during the event and showcase our club to all involved.”
Last year’s Northern Junior Championship featured its strongest field in tournament history, with players from twenty-nine different states and countries vying for the title. Top ranked junior golfers Rebecca Wang of Beijing China and Alex Elia of Wilton, Connecticut captured the title in their respective divisions. While Elia is no longer age-eligible, Wang will look to become the first two-time winner in the Girls Championship.
The Northern Junior Championship is a nationally ranked junior golf tournament that was created in order to provide top national and international junior players a chance to compete and also enjoy an entirely unique experience. The 36-hole stroke play event is open to amateur boys and girls under the age of 19. The goal of the event is to provide the same championship treatment offered at the premier amateur, collegiate, and professional events around the world, while also providing junior golfers with exposure to college golf coaches and national media.
In addition to national exposure to college coaches across the country, both the Boys and Girls Champion receive numerous national tournament invitations and exemptions, and past champions and alumni have gone on to play on both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. 2012 Champion Megan Khang captured her first LPGA title this past August, winning the CPKC Women’s Open, and three-time Champion Ben James was a member of the victorious 2023 USA Walker Cup team. The Northern Junior was also recently recognized by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) with an increased Performance Based Entry status.
The tournament is conducted each year in memory of Stan Trojanowski, father of Cindy Paladino. A golfer himself, his personality and willingness to help others will never be forgotten in the people he met both on and off the golf course. The Northern Junior was established in 2002 in memory of his passing on August 21st, 2001.
Junior Golf Hub
Founded in 2016, Junior Golf Hub (JGH) is the leading educational resource and online community for junior golfers, their parents and college coaches, offering a modern, easily accessible website and mobile app that simplifies and streamlines the college golf placement process and player development. JGH provides a one-of-a-kind tool to help players and parents navigate the confusing journey to college golf, while helping college coaches discover and connect with top talent. The Hub is prided on innovation, advanced technology, big-picture thinking and operates at the cutting-edge of the golf industry. JGH’s team includes a top PGA professional, former Division I collegiate golfers, a state amateur champion and seasoned business professionals, focused on adding value to members across the world.
Friday, March 1st
Tournament and Qualifier Applications Released
Sunday, July 7th
Tournament Application Deadline
Monday, July 15 at Triggs Memorial GC (Providence, R.I.)
TBD – Connecticut
Monday, August 5th
Official Practice Rounds
Players Welcome Reception and Ryan Lee Scholarship Presentation
Tuesday, August 6th
First Round of Stroke Play
Wednesday, August 7th
Final Round of Stroke Play
Awards Ceremony and Trophy Presentation