U.S. Junior Am players will get a special dinner treat: A floating meal with the Navy

Updated: May 31, 2011

Alexander, the director of golf at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. was impressed at what he saw at Trump National Golf Club. The host club of the 2009 U.S. Junior Championships had spared no expense in providing the 312 participants (156 boys and 156 girls) a memorable experience at its Welcome Party.

Alexander had visited Bedminster, N.J., on a scouting mission for the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur. He immediately wondered what his publicly owned facility could do to create an equally memorable experience for the contestants in two years’ time.

Upon returning to the Pacific Northwest, an idea hit Alexander. With a U.S. Navy base just down the road from Gold Mountain, he wondered about the possibility of hosting a pre-championship function on board one of the ships.

It took 18 months of hard work and planning to get the necessary approvals, but the effort paid off for Alexander and the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur committee. The players’ dinner for the 2011 championship will take place July 17 aboard the USS John C. Stennis, the seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier in the U.S. Navy fleet.

Approximately 750 people, including players, parents, USGA and championship officials and other invited guests, are expected to attend the dinner. Johnny Miller, one of two players to win a U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Open (Tiger Woods is the other), will serve as the guest speaker.