In 2021 the Connecticut Junior Amateur, July 5-8, will celebrate its 80th Anniversary and for the 67th time in the championship's history, it will be played at Watertown Golf Club. The Connecticut Junior Amateur first played in 1937, has been held at Watertown GC every year since 1979. Last year Matt Doyle captured the title with a 2&1 victory over Kyle St. Pierre.
Established in 1915, the par 71 course offers an ideal layout for match play. Players begin their round with a straightaway par-5 that allows players to get off to a quick start. On the back nine, matches can pivot based on the decisions made off the tee of the par-4 11th and 12th holes. The 11th, a long par-4 that doglegs to the right, can either be played safely off the tee or aggressively if players try to cut the corner over the trees. If the gamble pays off the player will be just short of the green for their second shot.
Players are again faced with a decision on the tee of the downhill 12th hole. An iron off the tee leaves players with a wide fairway to work with. However, players can take driver but risk missing the narrowing fairway just short of the green. A wayward drive often results in a difficult fairway bunker shot or worse.
The closing stretch of holes offers plenty of opportunities for fireworks. Holes 13 and 14 are back-to-back par 3's, the 15th is a straightaway par-5, before players close with two gettable par-4's.