Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

March 14, 2022

Emma Varela, AJGA
(678) 425-1787 |

Bethpage State Park’s Black Course to host Polo Golf Junior Classic in June

Tradition-rich venue to host 43rd edition of only match play event on AJGA schedule 

Farmingdale, NY – The American Junior Golf Association's Polo Golf Junior Classic will be conducted at the historic Bethpage State Park on the Black Course from June 27 to July 1. 

The Polo Golf Junior Classic, now in its 43rd year, is steeped in history from noteworthy past champions to famed host venues. The annual match play event is the only true match play format event on the AJGA schedule. All but two years of the 43-year history have been played as match play. The top-32 boys and top-32 girls compete over four days in a round robin match play tournament styled after the PGA TOUR's World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. 

"Bethpage State Park is proud to hos the 43rd edition of the Polo Golf Junior Classic at the legendary Bethpage Black, a jewel in our state park system," New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said. "We are excited to showcase these talented young golfers here at our exceptional public golf course, and expect that the display of their skills on one of the nation's most difficult courses will inspire more youth to discover the thrill of golf." 

Some noteworthy past champions of the Polo Golf Junior Classic include, in the Boys Division, Tiger Woods, Trevor Immelman, Stewart Cink, Brian Harman, Morgan Hoffman, Akshay Bhatia and Matthew NeSmith. On the Girls Division side, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Ariya Jutanugarn, Heather Farr, Rachel Heck and Sierra Brooks. 

2021 champion Nicholas Dunlap of Huntsville, Alabama, went on from the Polo Golf Junior Classic to win the 73rd U.S. Junior Amateur at The Country Club of North Carolina a month later and earn Rolex Junior Player of the Year honors for 2021. 

The Polo Golf Junior Classic has occurred annually since 1978, with a variety of host venues over its tenure. Noteworthy past host courses have included Liberty National Golf Club, PGA National Resort and Spa – Champion & Fazio Courses, Sea Island Golf Club, and Innisbrook Resort- Copperhead Course. The 2022 move of the Polo Golf Junior Classic to Bethpage Black marks the first time the event is being played on a public course. The Black Course is rich in tradition having hosted three major championships, two FedEx Cup playoff events and the upcoming 2025 Ryder Cup. 

The course which opened in 1936 as part of the Depression Era public-works project that build Bethpage State Park burst onto the scene in 2002 with its first hosting of the U.S. Open. It was this year that a young Tiger Woods, who won the Polo Golf Junior Classic in 1991, captured his second U.S. Open title. The Black Course again hosted the U.S. Open in 2009 where AJGA alumni Lucas Glover took home the title. The ‘extremely difficult course' recommended ‘only for highly skilled golfers' also hosted the 2012 and 2016 FedEx Cup playoff event, The Barclays. AJGA alumni Brooks Koepka won the 2019 PGA Championship when the course hosted its first major in ten years. 

"We are so excited to bring the longstanding Polo Golf Junior Classic to Bethpage Black," said AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin. "The partnership we have with Polo Ralph Lauren combined with the rich history of Bethpage Black is going to be a special treat for the field in 2022 and we cannot wait to help promote junior golf at such a historic venue as Bethpage State Park." 

All proceeds from the 2022 Polo Golf Junior Classic will benefit the Natural Heritage Trust. For over 50 years, the Natural Heritage Trust has worked to preserve New York's public lands and enhance programs at state parks and historic sites. Learn more at

This event also seeks to give back and grow the junior golf program at Bethpage State Park. The event will include an opportunity for junior golfers to interact with the top-64 juniors in the country through volunteering. 

For more information about the Polo Golf Junior Classic please contact Emma Varela ( in the AJGA Communications Department. 

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About Polo Ralph Lauren 

Polo Ralph Lauren, a premium lifestyle brand, has been a partner for more than three decades. Since 1995, Polo Ralph Lauren has supported junior golfers who become the next generation of college graduates and business leaders. Every week through AJGA social and digital content, Polo Ralph Lauren celebrates the top performances of AJGA members worldwide, through Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances. Polo Ralph Lauren hosts the Polo Golf Junior Classic, an Invitational dating back to 1978 and one of the longest-running events in AJGA history. 

About Bethpage Golf 

Bethpage State Park is a mecca for public golf, featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses including the world-renowned Black Course which was the site of the United States Open in 2002 and 2009, the Barclays in 2012 and 2016, the PGA Championship in 2019 and will host the Ryder Cup in 2025. For more information, visit 

About the American Junior Golf Association 

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 7,000 members from 50 states and 60 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf's next generation. 

TaylorMade and adidas are the AJGA's National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017. Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate, and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.