Learn About the United States Challenge Cup


Top Row from left:  Steve Feinstein, Dave Adamonis, Jr., Brent Wanner
Bottom Row: 
Bobby Fournier & Mike McCampbell

The United States Challenge Cup ("Challenge Cup") Junior Golf Foundation was founded in 1980.  
It was formally established in 1983, and incorporated as non-profit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1988.  The Challenge Cup was formed to perpetuate the growth of junior golf and to provide young people with opportunities to further themselves in and through the game of golf, under the direction of a well organized and administered program.

The organization's functions are maintained by an executive director, a director of tournament operations, administrative assistants, college interns, regular volunteers, and a formal Board of Directors.  The Board solicits the cooperation of public and private golf courses,  PGA golf professionals, golf course superintendents,  various regional/national associations, and the business community to network its successful growth.  The individuals involved are dedicated to fostering the fundamentals of the game continuing into competitive junior golf.

The Challenge Cup also serves as a clearinghouse for young players seeking information and data about all phases of the game.  The foundation offers: instructional opportunities through local PGA golf professionals, a junior mini-tour for novice to intermediate players, 23 major competitions,  opportunities to qualify for 6 of the world's top junior events (the Scott Robertson Memorial, the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship, the Optimist International Golf Championship, the Golfweek/FCWT Holiday Challenge, the Doral Publix Junior and the Orange Bowl International Golf Championship) and 2 of New England's premiere amateur tournaments (the Hornblower Memorial and the Francis Ouimet Memorial). Highly skilled competitors are encouraged to enter these national tournaments in an effort to fully realize their potential.  Many of these entrants are assisted through the foundation's resources.

In 2001, the Challenge Cup and Northeast Amateur partnered to create another outstanding opportunity for junior golfers. Annually, the Challenge Cup Player of the Year will earn an invitation to compete in one of the world's top amateur events, the prestigious Northeast Amateur.  

In 2006, the organization partnered with the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship, the Fenway Sports Group and the highly regarded Boston Golf Club in providing junior golfers with a PGA Tour feel event, the DBC Junior Challenge Cup.  

Additionally, the Challenge Cup serves as the presenting sponsor for several major amateur competitions and networks this process to enhance the growth of the foundation.  

The formal tournament schedule and a well-rounded venue of golf related activities continues to grow each year, affording junior boys and girls with the one of the best regional programs in the country.  A Player of the Year Points Ranking and a Challenge Cup Team are recognized at an annual awards' luncheon.  These rankings are based on the individual performances of each junior golfer throughout the calendar year.  

College coaches frequently use the resources made available by the program to evaluate prospective student golfers.  Currently, 226 Challenge Cup alumni are playing competitive collegiate golf.

The United States Challenge Cup Junior Golf Foundation is funded through private donations, sponsorship of events and entry fees from the tournaments scheduled by the foundation.

Each year the foundation continues to participate in numerous charitable events and has raised over $100,000 to support the efforts of groups like the USGA Centennial Amateur, the Hasbro Children's Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Button Hole Short Course, the RI Interscholastic League, and the Francis Ouimet Scholarship
Fund.