US Junior Amateur dinner aboard an aircraft carrier

The 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur, which will be played at Gold Mountain Golf Club July 16-23, will hold its formal dinner aboard the USS John C. Stennis July 17.

The dinner is a traditional part of the tournament for the 156 players, their parents, championship volunteers and United States Golf Association officials.

The golf club anticipates as many as 750 attendees said Frank Horton, championship director.

Johnny Miller, former champion of both the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Open and current NBC golf commentator, will speak at the dinner according to a release from the club.

"We felt we had something unique here in Bremerton because we are a proud Navy and military community and we wanted to emphasize that relationship,” Horton said.

It took about 18 months of collaboration between the city of Bremerton and the U.S. Navy to finalize the dinner's location.

“I think the players are going to have the biggest eyes-like-saucers when they see the immensity of an aircraft carrier and when they see all the other ships that are along our waterfront,” Mayor Patty Lent said.

Both Horton and Scott Alexander, director of golf for the club, hope the dinner will leave a lasting impression on all attendees.

For more information on the U.S. Junior Amateur, contact Paul Ramsdell at (253) 851-2930, (253) 219-8366 or, or Alexander at (360) 415-5432 or


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