United States Amateur Championship (golf)

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U.S. Amateur
Tournament information
Location Johns Creek, Georgia in 2014
Established 1895
Course(s) Atlanta Athletic Club in 2014
Par 72 (Riverside Course) and
71 (Highlands Course) in 2014
Length 7,381 yd (6,749 m) (Riverside) and
7,490 yd (6,850 m) (Highlands) in 2014
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play and match play
Month played August
Current champion
South Korea Gunn Yang

The United States Amateur Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Amateur, is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for amateur golfers. It is organized by the United States Golf Association and is currently held each August over a 7 day period.

In 1894 there were two tournaments called the "National Amateur Championship". One of them was played at Newport Country Club and was won by William G. Lawrence, and the other took place at St Andrew's Golf Club and was won by Laurence B. Stottard. This state of affairs prompted Charles B. Macdonald of the Chicago Golf Club to call for the creation of a national governing body to authorize an official national championship, and the Amateur Golf Association of the United States, which was soon to be renamed the United States Golf Association, was formed on December 22 of that year. In 1895 it organized both the first U.S. Amateur Championship and the first U.S. Open, both of which were played at Newport Country Club.

There are no age or gender restrictions on entry, but players must have a handicap index of 2.4 or less. Originally, entry was restricted to members of USGA-affiliated private clubs (and, presumably, international players who were members of private clubs affiliated with their nations' golf governing bodies), a restriction that was not lifted until 1979.[1] The tournament consists of two days of stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors then playing a knockout competition held at match play to decide the champion. All knockout matches are over 18 holes except for the final, which consists of 36 holes, separated into morning and afternoon 18-hole rounds. Nowadays it is usually won by players in their late teens or early twenties who are working towards a career as a tournament professional. Before World War II more top-level golfers chose to remain amateur, and the average age of U.S. Amateur champions was higher.

Many of the leading figures in the history of golf have been U.S. Amateur Champion, including Bobby Jones five times, Jerome Travers four times, Jack Nicklaus twice and Tiger Woods three times (all consecutive; the only player to win three in a row). In 1993, Woods got knocked out to Kingshill Golf Club's Paul Page 2&1 in the last 16, but Woods' first win, as an 18-year-old in 1994, made him the youngest winner of the event, breaking the previous record of 19 years 5 months set by Robert A. Gardner in 1909. In 2008, New Zealander Danny Lee became the youngest ever winner, only to be eclipsed by 17-year-old An Byeong-hun the following year. Before the professional game became dominant, the event was regarded as one of the majors. This is no longer the case, but the champion still receives an automatic invitation to play in all of the majors except the PGA Championship. In addition, the runner-up also receives an invitation to play in the Masters and the U.S. Open. However, the golfers must maintain their amateur status at the time the events are held (unless they qualify for the tournaments by other means).

As the Amateur Championship is dominated by future professionals, in 1981 a separate championship called the U.S. Mid-Amateur was established for "career amateurs" at least 25 years old. This gives the best players who never turn pro a chance to play against each other for a national title.

Field[edit]

While most players at the U.S. Amateur advance through sectional qualifying, a few players are exempt each year.

  1. Winners of the U.S. Amateur each of the last ten years.
  2. Runner-up of the U.S. Amateur each of the last three years.
  3. Semi-finalists of the U.S. Amateur each of the last two years.
  4. Quarter-finalists of the U.S. Amateur the previous year.
  5. Any player who qualified for the current year's U.S. Open.
  6. Those returning 72 hole scores from the previous year's U.S. Open.
  7. The amateur with the lowest score from the current year's U.S. Senior Open.
  8. From the U.S. Mid-Amateur: winner each of the last two years and runner-up from the previous year.
  9. From the U.S. Amateur Public Links: winner each of the last two years and runner-up from the previous year.
  10. From the U.S. Junior Amateur: winner each of the last two years and runner-up from the previous year.
  11. From the U.S. Senior Amateur: winner each of the last two years and runner-up from the previous year.
  12. Playing members of the two most recent Walker Cup teams.
  13. Playing members of the two most recent U.S. Eisenhower Trophy teams.
  14. Playing members of the current year's U.S. Men's Copa de las Américas team.
  15. Winner of the current year's individual NCAA Division I Championship.
  16. Winner of the British Amateur Championship each of the last five years.
  17. Top fifty golfers in World Amateur Golf Ranking.

In all cases, the exemptions only apply if the player has not turned professional.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner Country Score Runner-up
2014 Atlanta Athletic Club Gunn Yang  South Korea 2 & 1 Canada Corey Conners
2013 The Country Club Matthew Fitzpatrick  England 4 & 3 Australia Oliver Goss
2012 Cherry Hills Country Club Steven Fox  United States 37th hole United States Michael Weaver
2011 Erin Hills Kelly Kraft  United States 2 up United States Patrick Cantlay
2010 Chambers Bay Peter Uihlein  United States 4 & 2 United States David Chung
2009 Southern Hills Country Club An Byeong-hun  South Korea 7 & 5 United States Ben Martin
2008 Pinehurst Resort Danny Lee  New Zealand 5 & 4 United States Drew Kittleson
2007 Olympic Club Colt Knost  United States 2 & 1 United States Michael Thompson
2006 Hazeltine National Golf Club Richie Ramsay  Scotland 4 & 2 United States John Kelly
2005 Merion Golf Club Edoardo Molinari  Italy 4 & 3 United States Dillon Dougherty
2004 Winged Foot Golf Club Ryan Moore  United States 2 up United States Luke List
2003 Oakmont Country Club Nick Flanagan  Australia 37th hole United States Casey Wittenberg
2002 Oakland Hills Country Club Ricky Barnes  United States 2 & 1 United States Hunter Mahan
2001 East Lake Golf Club Bubba Dickerson  United States 1 up United States Robert Hamilton
2000 Baltusrol Golf Club Jeff Quinney  United States 39th hole United States James Driscoll
1999 Pebble Beach Golf Links David Gossett  United States 9 & 8 South Korea Sung Yoon Kim
1998 Oak Hill Country Club Hank Kuehne  United States 2 & 1 United States Tom McKnight
1997 Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Matt Kuchar  United States 2 & 1 United States Joel Kribel
1996 Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club Tiger Woods  United States 38th hole United States Steve Scott
1995 Newport Country Club Tiger Woods  United States 2 up United States Buddy Marucci
1994 TPC at Sawgrass Tiger Woods  United States 2 up United States Trip Kuehne
1993 Champions Golf Club John Harris  United States 5 & 3 United States Danny Ellis
1992 Muirfield Village Justin Leonard  United States 8 & 7 United States Tom Scherrer
1991 The Honors Course Mitch Voges  United States 7 & 6 United States Manny Zerman
1990 Cherry Hills Country Club Phil Mickelson  United States 5 & 4 United States Manny Zerman
1989 Merion Golf Club Chris Patton  United States 3 & 1 United States Danny Green
1988 The Homestead Eric Meeks  United States 7 & 6 United States Danny Yates
1987 Jupiter Hills Club Billy Mayfair  United States 4 & 3 United States Eric Rebmann
1986 Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club Buddy Alexander  United States 5 & 3 United States Chris Kite
1985 Montclair Golf Club Sam Randolph  United States 1 up United States Peter Persons
1984 Oak Tree Golf Club Scott Verplank  United States 4 & 3 United States Sam Randolph
1983 North Shore Country Club Jay Sigel  United States 8 & 7 United States Chris Perry
1982 The Country Club Jay Sigel  United States 8 & 7 United States David Tolley
1981 Olympic Club Nathaniel Crosby  United States 1 up United States Brian Lindley
1980 The Country Club of North Carolina Hal Sutton  United States 9 & 8 United States Bob Lewis
1979 Canterbury Golf Club Mark O'Meara  United States 8 & 7 United States John Cook
1978 Plainfield Country Club John Cook  United States 5 & 4 United States Scott Hoch
1977 Aronimink Golf Club John Fought  United States 9 & 8 United States Doug Fischesser
1976 Bel-Air Country Club Bill Sander  United States 8 & 6 United States C. Parker Moore Jr.
1975 Country Club of Virginia Fred Ridley  United States 2 up United States Keith Fergus
1974 Ridgewood Country Club Jerry Pate  United States 2 & 1 United States John R. Grace
1973 Inverness Club Craig Stadler  United States 6 & 5 United States David Strawn
1965–72: Stroke play
1972 Charlotte Country Club Vinny Giles  United States 285 United States Mark Hayes,
United States Ben Crenshaw
1971 Wilmington Country Club Gary Cowan  Canada 280 United States Eddie Pearce
1970 Waverley Country Club Lanny Wadkins  United States 279 United States Tom Kite
1969 Oakmont Country Club Steve Melnyk  United States 286 United States Vinny Giles
1968 Scioto Country Club Bruce Fleisher  United States 284 United States Vinny Giles
1967 Broadmoor Golf Club Bob Dickson  United States 285 United States Vinny Giles
1966 Merion Golf Club Gary Cowan  Canada 285 United States Deane Beman
1965 Southern Hills Country Club Bob Murphy  United States 291 United States Bob Dickson
1895–1964: Match play
1964 Canterbury Golf Club William C. Campbell  United States 1 up United States Edgar M. Tutwiler
1963 Wakonda Club Deane Beman  United States 2 & 1 United States R. H. Sikes
1962 Pinehurst Resort Labron Harris, Jr.  United States 1 up United States Downing Gray
1961 Pebble Beach Golf Links Jack Nicklaus  United States 8 & 6 United States Dudley Wysong
1960 St. Louis Country Club Deane Beman  United States 6 & 4 United States Robert W. Gardner
1959 Broadmoor Golf Club Jack Nicklaus  United States 1 up United States Charles Coe
1958 Olympic Club Charles Coe  United States 5 & 4 United States Tommy Aaron
1957 The Country Club Hillman Robbins  United States 5 & 4 United States Dr. Frank M. Taylor
1956 Knollwood Club Harvie Ward  United States 5 & 4 United States Chuck Kocsis
1955 Country Club of Virginia Harvie Ward  United States 9 & 8 United States Bill Hyndman
1954 Country Club of Detroit Arnold Palmer  United States 1 up United States Robert Sweeny Jr.
1953 Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club Gene Littler  United States 1 up United States Dale Morey
1952 Seattle Golf Club Jack Westland  United States 3 & 2 United States Al Mengert
1951 Saucon Valley Country Club Billy Maxwell  United States 4 & 3 United States Joseph F. Gagliardi
1950 Minneapolis Golf Club Sam Urzetta  United States 39th hole United States Frank Stranahan
1949 Oak Hill Country Club Charles Coe  United States 11 & 10 United States Rufus King
1948 Memphis Country Club Willie Turnesa  United States 2 & 1 United States Raymond E. Billows
1947 Pebble Beach Golf Links Skee Riegel  United States 2 & 1 United States Johnny Dawson
1946 Baltusrol Golf Club Ted Bishop  United States 37th hole United States Smiley Quick
1942–45: No championships due to World War II
1941 Omaha Field Club Bud Ward  United States 4 & 3 United States Pat Abbott
1940 Winged Foot Golf Club Dick Chapman  United States 11 & 9 United States W. B. McCullough Jr.
1939 North Shore Country Club Bud Ward  United States 7 & 5 United States Raymond E. Billows
1938 Oakmont Country Club Willie Turnesa  United States 8 & 7 United States Pat Abbott
1937 Alderwood Country Club Johnny Goodman  United States 2 up United States Raymond E. Billows
1936 Garden City Golf Club John Fischer  United States 37th hole Scotland Jack McLean
1935 The Country Club Lawson Little  United States 4 & 2 United States Walter Emery
1934 The Country Club Lawson Little  United States 8 & 7 United States David Goldman
1933 Kenwood Country Club George Dunlap  United States 6 & 5 United States Max R. Marston
1932 Baltimore Country Club Ross Somerville  Canada 2 & 1 United States Johnny Goodman
1931 Beverly Country Club Francis Ouimet  United States 6 & 5 United States Jack Westland
1930 Merion Golf Club Bobby Jones  United States 8 & 7 United States Eugene V. Homans
1929 Pebble Beach Golf Links Harrison R. Johnston  United States 4 & 3 United States Oscar F. Willing
1928 Brae Burn Country Club Bobby Jones  United States 10 & 9 England Philip Perkins
1927 Minikahda Club Bobby Jones  United States 8 & 7 United States Chick Evans
1926 Baltusrol Golf Club George Von Elm  United States 2 & 1 United States Bobby Jones
1925 Oakmont Country Club Bobby Jones  United States 8 & 7 United States Watts Gunn
1924 Merion Golf Club Bobby Jones  United States 9 & 8 United States George Von Elm
1923 Flossmoor Country Club Max R. Marston  United States 38th hole United States Jess Sweetser
1922 The Country Club Jess Sweetser  United States 3 & 2 United States Chick Evans
1921 St. Louis Country Club Jesse P. Guilford  United States 7 & 6 United States Robert A. Gardner
1920 Engineers Country Club Chick Evans  United States 7 & 6 United States Francis Ouimet
1919 Oakmont Country Club S. Davidson Herron  United States 5 & 4 United States Bobby Jones
1917–18: No championships due to World War I
1916 Merion Golf Club Chick Evans  United States 4 & 3 United States Robert A. Gardner
1915 Country Club of Detroit Robert A. Gardner  United States 5 & 4 United States John G. Anderson
1914 Ekwanok Country Club Francis Ouimet  United States 6 & 5 United States Jerome Travers
1913 Garden City Golf Club Jerome Travers  United States 5 & 4 United States John G. Anderson
1912 Chicago Golf Club Jerome Travers  United States 7 & 6 United States Chick Evans
1911 The Apawamis Club Harold Hilton  England 37th hole United States Fred Herreshoff
1910 The Country Club William C. Fownes Jr.  United States 4 & 3 United States Warren Wood
1909 Chicago Golf Club Robert A. Gardner  United States 4 & 3 United States Chandler Egan
1908 Garden City Golf Club Jerome Travers  United States 8 & 7 United States Max H. Behr
1907 Euclid Club Jerome Travers  United States 6 & 5 United States Archibald Graham
1906 Englewood Golf Club Eben Byers  United States 2 up Canada George Lyon
1905 Chicago Golf Club Chandler Egan  United States 6 & 5 United States Daniel Sawyer
1904 Baltusrol Golf Club Chandler Egan  United States 8 & 6 United States Fred Herreshoff
1903 Nassau Country Club Walter Travis  United States 5 & 4 United States Eben Byers
1902 Glen View Club Louis N. James  United States 4 & 2 United States Eben Byers
1901 Atlantic City Country Club Walter Travis  United States 5 & 4 United States Walter Egan
1900 Garden City Golf Club Walter Travis  United States 2 up Scotland Findlay S. Douglas
1899 Onwentsia Club Herbert M. Harriman  United States 3 & 2 Scotland Findlay S. Douglas
1898 Morris County Golf Club Findlay S. Douglas  Scotland 5 & 3 United States Walter B. Smith
1897 Chicago Golf Club H. J. Whigham  Scotland 8 & 6 United States W. Rossiter Betts
1896 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club H. J. Whigham  Scotland 8 & 7 United States Joseph G. Thorp
1895 Newport Country Club Charles B. Macdonald  United States 12 & 11 United States Charles Sands

Multiple winners[edit]

Eighteen players have won more than one U.S. Amateur, through 2013:

Eleven players have won both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open Championships, through 2013:

Thirteen players have won both the U.S. Amateur and British Amateurs, through 2013:

Two players have won both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links in the same year, through 2013:

^ Won both in same year. Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam in 1930, winning the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur, and British Open.

Most times hosted[edit]

Future sites[edit]

Year Edition Course Location Dates
2014 114th Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands Course Johns Creek, Georgia August 11–17
2015 115th Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course Olympia Fields, Illinois August 17–23
2016 116th Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course Bloomfield Township, Michigan August 15–21
2017 117th Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California August 14–20
2018 118th Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California August 13–19

Source[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Changes Made to USGA Championship Roster" (Press release). United States Golf Association. February 11, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ USGA.com – Future venues

External links[edit]

  • Official site - most of the information is in the archive sections