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Atlanta Athletic Club to Host 3 USGA Amateur Championships

By: Jonathan Coe

The Atlanta Athletic Club, in Johns Creek, Ga., has been chosen by the USGA as the host site for three future amateur championships: the 2025 U.S. Girls’ Junior, 2030 U.S. Amateur and 2035 U.S. Women’s Amateur championships. The club has previously hosted six USGA championships.

“We are thrilled to return to Atlanta Athletic Club to conduct these three USGA championships,” said Mark Hill, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “The USGA is looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with this famed club, which has been home to so many memorable USGA championships and legendary champions.”

These will be the seventh, eighth and ninth USGA championships held at Atlanta Athletic Club, including the 1976 U.S. Open, captured by Jerry Pate with a dramatic 5-iron shot on the 72nd hole. The club also hosted the 2014 U.S. Amateur (won by Gunn Yang), the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Charlie Beljan), the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open (won by Betsy King), and the 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur (won by Michael Podolak). The club was also the host of the 1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Beverly Hanson) on its original course, which is now known as East Lake Golf Club.

Atlanta Athletic Club has also hosted the 1963 Ryder Cup, three PGA Championships (1981, 2001 and 2011) and most recently, the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, won by Nelly Korda. In 2023, the club will celebrate its 125th anniversary.

“Atlanta Athletic Club is proud to continue its tradition of hosting national championships,” said Kevin Costello, club president. “Building on our enduring relationship with the USGA, it’s an honor to showcase our golf courses to the world and play host to these prestigious championships that truly embody the spirit of the amateur game and support the next generation of golfers.”

Located 25 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, the Atlanta Athletic Club is a private 36-hole club founded in 1898 and the home club of four USGA champions: nine-time champion Bob Jones, three-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Alexa Stirling, and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions Dot Kirby and Martha Kirouac.

The club’s Highlands Course and Riverside Course were designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., with Joe Finger assisting on the Highlands Course. Rees Jones redesigned both courses, completing his work on the Riverside Course in 2003 and the Highlands Course in 2016. The Riverside Course is currently being renovated under the guidance of Tripp Davis, work that is scheduled to be completed by the end of this summer.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior will be contested at the club July 14-19, 2025. The USGA will name a competition course at a later date. First conducted in 1949, the U.S. Girls’ Junior is open to female amateurs who have not turned 19 on or before the final day of the championship and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 9.4. U.S. Girls’ Junior champions earn an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open. Notable champions include Mickey Wright, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Hollis Stacy, Nancy Lopez, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Ariya Jutanugarn.

Atlanta Athletic Club will host its second U.S. Amateur Aug. 12-18, 2030, which will mark the 100th anniversary of Bob Jones’ completion of the “Grand Slam” (victories in the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur). Jones was a past president and an active member of Atlanta Athletic Club until his death in 1971.

One of the USGA’s three original championships, the U.S. Amateur is open to amateur golfers who have a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. A field of 312 golfers will play two 18-hole rounds of stroke play on each of the Highlands and Riverside courses before the championship is cut to 64 players for match play on the Highlands Course. The championship is decided by a 36-hole final, and the champion and runner-up are invited to the following year’s U.S. Open Championship.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur will be held on the Highlands Course from Aug. 6-12, 2035. It is also one of the USGA’s first three championships, having debuted in 1895 along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, marking the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country. The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and runner-up receive exemptions into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

The Path to The Country Club Begins Today

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 23, 2022) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that online entry applications are available now for the 122nd U.S. Open Championship, to be contested from June 16-19 at The Country Club (Championship Course), in Brookline, Mass.

Thousands of golfers will once again attempt to qualify for the championship through a two-stage process in which eventually 156 players will advance to The Country Club and one will be crowned U.S. Open champion. Non-exempt players will compete in one of 109 local qualifiers hosted throughout the United States (with one in Canada) between April 25 and May 23. Nearly 1,000 players will then compete in final qualifying, scheduled at 11 sites worldwide on May 23 and June 6.

Final qualifying will not take place in England for the second consecutive year due to continued international travel requirements, but as was done in 2021, an exemption category will allow players to earn entry based on a four-event U.S. Open 2022 European Qualifying Series. The top 10 aggregate point earners from those DP World Tour events (Betfred British Masters, Soudal Open, Dutch Open and Porsche European Open, which take place between May 5-June 5), who are otherwise not exempt, will earn spots in the U.S. Open field.

Exemptions will also be awarded to the 2020-21 top finisher on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the 2021-22 top finisher on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and the 2021-22 top finisher on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, who are not otherwise exempt as of May 23.

Entry applications along with a list of qualifying sites can be accessed at champ-admin.usga.org, and entries will be accepted through Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. EDT. To be eligible for 2022 U.S. Open qualifying, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional.

Allied Golf Associations (AGAs) in the United States, the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada are working together to provide thousands of entrants from across the globe and from all backgrounds with the opportunity to compete for a spot in this major championship. This collaboration with AGAs allows for an open qualifying process in all four USGA Open championships. Since 2010, the U.S. Open has averaged 79 players in the final field who have advanced through one or both stages of qualifying.

Entry applications for the other three USGA Open championships are also available. The 77th U.S. Women’s Open Championship will be played June 2-5 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, in Southern Pines, N.C. The 42nd U.S. Senior Open Championship will be contested June 23-26 at Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course), in Bethlehem, Pa., and the 4th U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship will be held Aug. 25-28, at NCR Country Club (South Course), in Kettering, Ohio.

The Country Club will host the U.S. Open for the fourth time. The champion was determined in a playoff in all three previous Opens at the club, with amateur Francis Ouimet (1913), Julius Boros (1963) and Curtis Strange (1988) winning the title.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort to Host 13 USGA Championships

USGA Comunnication.

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (July 20, 2021) – The USGA and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort today announced an agreement that will bring 13 USGA amateur championships to the resort over 23 years. The relationship will begin with the 74th U.S. Junior Amateur in 2022 and run through the 2045 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships, with eight different championships being played at the resort, including the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur, the Walker Cup Match and the Curtis Cup Match.

The 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur will be conducted from July 25-30, with Bandon Dunes serving as the host course for both stroke play and match play, and Bandon Trails serving as the second stroke-play course. Dates and courses for the other championships will be announced in the future.

The resort will host both the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Amateur in 2032 and again in 2041, marking the first time those two original USGA championships will be contested on the same site in the same calendar year. The resort will also host the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior in 2045, which will mark the fourth time those championships will be conducted at the same facility in the same year. The agreement also includes the 2029 Walker Cup Match and the 2038 Curtis Cup Match.

“With five championship-caliber courses and incredible support from the resort’s ownership, Bandon Dunes is the perfect location for these USGA championships,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “Mike Keiser has been an incredible advocate for amateur golf and his ongoing support for the USGA and our mission served as the vision for this partnership. We are excited to work together for years to come.”

The 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be the first U.S. Junior Amateur and eighth USGA championship hosted by the resort, making Bandon Dunes the first site to host eight different USGA championships. It will be the 39th USGA championship held in Oregon.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort previously hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match (Pacific Dunes), the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur (Bandon Dunes), the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (Old Macdonald and Bandon Trails), the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball (Pacific Dunes), 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (Old Macdonald and Pacific Dunes), and the 2020 U.S. Amateur (Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails).

“I love amateur golf. What the USGA does for amateur golf and to grow the game is exceptional. I built Bandon Dunes for all amateurs to enjoy the great experiences and spirited competition that golf provides, and we are thrilled to be hosting the USGA’s signature amateur championships for years to come,” said Mike Keiser, the owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. “We are particularly grateful to Mike Davis, who has been an advocate for Bandon Dunes since the resort’s earliest days. Amateur golf will always have a place at Bandon Dunes, and this commitment from the USGA is significant. We welcome all the great championships that the USGA will bring to the resort as Bandon Dunes is the home of amateur golf.”

The 73rd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship is being played this week at the Country Club of North Carolina in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

Future USGA Championships at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort:

2022     U.S. Junior Amateur

2025     U.S. Women’s Amateur

2029     Walker Cup Match

2032     U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur

2035     U.S. Girls’ Junior

2037     U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

2038     Curtis Cup Match

2041     U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur

2045     U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior

About the USGA

The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

About Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Bandon Dunes is golf as it was meant to be. Located on Oregon’s rugged southern coast, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort offers six distinct golf courses modeled after the great links courses of Scotland, England and Ireland. Players immerse themselves in the traditions of a timeless game and the grandeur of Oregon’s breathtaking coastline. The soul of the game resides here with classic concepts of golf course design. Players walk and gracious hospitality comforts each guest like a warm, friendly embrace. The resort features secluded accommodations and six restaurants to serve guests. Founded in 1999, Bandon Dunes is owned by Mike Keiser and managed by KemperSports.

For further information: Jeff Altstadter, USGA Communications, jaltstadter@usga.org

USGA’s $45M GOLF COURSE SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH PROGRAM RENAMED TO HONOR OUTGOING CEO MIKE DAVIS

By USGA Communications.

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (June 9, 2021) – To celebrate the legacy of its outgoing CEO, the USGA has renamed its most impactful sustainability initiative as the Mike Davis Program for Advancing Golf Course Management.

Formerly the Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program (TERP), the longstanding initiative represents the single largest private grant program in golf dedicated to advancing innovation in sustainability and improving the on-course experience. The USGA annually invests nearly $2 million in the program ($45 million to date), which has resulted in better playing conditions, dramatic cost savings and a more environmentally friendly game.

The new title will honor Davis, who joined the USGA in 1990 and has made a consistent, positive impact on the game in his 31 years of service while positioning it for long-term success.

“Throughout his time at the USGA, Mike Davis’ vision to lead the game forward through golf course sustainability has propelled the success of this program, ensuring that every golfer has a great playing experience and every owner has access to the latest innovations to manage their course,” said Stu Francis, USGA president. “With his passion for golf courses and data-driven decision-making, we could not find a better program to share his name and inspire a sustainable future for golf.”

Founded in 1920, the USGA Green Section has initiated and fostered sustainable practices that have benefited the entire game. Through it, the USGA has dedicated golf’s largest investment toward research focusing on science-based management practices, turfgrass innovation and environmental stewardship. Land-grant universities and researchers from California to New Jersey, and from New Zealand to the United Kingdom are among the primary recipients of the 50-70 Davis Grants dispersed annually.

The research program has significantly contributed to the development of sustainable golf maintenance practices that have driven a 20+-percent decrease in water usage and a nearly 40-percent decrease in nutrient usage in the last decade. They have also led to an estimated $1.86 billion in savings each year by incorporating more natural areas on golf courses, effectively managing water, developing best practices that reduce pesticide use, and standardizing putting green construction, among others.

Widely used golf turfgrasses such as bentgrass and bermudagrass were first selected and improved through the USGA program, in an effort to improve drought resistance, promote recycled water and smart irrigation use and improve playing conditions on golf courses and playing fields worldwide.

The published research is directly shared through the free USGA Green Section Recordas well as through Course Consulting Service visits by USGA agronomists and at regional and national industry conferences.

Mike Davis joined the USGA as the assistant manager of championship relations in 1990, and he assumed the role of senior director of USGA Rules and Competitions in 2005. He became the USGA’s seventh executive director in 2011 and was named CEO of the association in 2016.

A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Davis was the 1982 Pennsylvania State Junior golf champion and played NCAA Division I golf at Georgia Southern University. In September 2020, he announced his intent to leave the organization’s top post to pursue a personal career goal in golf architecture and design, with plans to depart the organization at the end of June 2021.

Those who apply for a USGA Davis Grant must demonstrate how their work will achieve one of the three main USGA strategic program objectives: 1 – optimizing sustainable golf course management and playing conditions; 2 – protecting and conserving water resources; or 3 – identifying and developing novel plant materials. The program is managed by Cole Thompson, Ph.D., director of USGA turfgrass and environmental research. The current deadline for grant funding is June 25, 2021. More information can be found here: Grant Application

Through the USGA Green Section, the USGA brings to life its mission to champion and advance the game of golf and realizes its vision for a more welcoming, sustainable and thriving game.

For more information: Janeen Driscoll (jdriscoll@usga.org)

USGA Announces Tee Times for 121st U.S. Open Championship

By USGA Communications.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 15, 2021) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 2021 U.S. Open Championship, Thursday (June 17) and Friday (June 18), at 7,652-yard, par-71 Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), in San Diego, Calif.

The U.S. Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on June 17 and 18, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. Those players making the cut will play 18 holes on June 19 and 20. If there is a tie upon the completion of 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff will immediately follow. If this playoff results in a tie, the tied players will immediately continue to play off hole-by-hole until the winner is determined.

All Times PDT

Thursday (June 17), Hole #1 / Friday (June 18), Hole #10

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif.; Edoardo Molinari, Italy; Greyson Sigg, Augusta, Ga.

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Chris Baker, Brownstown, Ind.; J.J. Spaun, Los Angeles, Calif.; Fabian Gomez, Argentina

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Patrick Rodgers, Jupiter, Fla.; Robby Shelton, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Pierceson Coody, Plano, Texas

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Russell Henley, Columbus, Ga.; Mackenzie Hughes, Canada; Harris English, Sea Island, Ga.

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Francesco Molinari, Italy; Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Shane Lowry, Ireland

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Matt Fitzpatrick, England; Tyrrell Hatton, England; Viktor Hovland, Norway

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Tony Finau, Salt Lake City, Utah; Abraham Ancer, Mexico; Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Si Woo Kim, Republic of Korea; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Jimmy Walker, San Antonio, Texas; Ian Poulter, England; Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – J.T. Poston, Sea Island, Ga.; Adam Hadwin, Canada; (a) Joe Long, England

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Luis Fernando Barco, Peru; Dylan Meyer, Evansville, Ind.; (a) Matthew Sharpstene, Charlotte, N.C.

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Mario Carmona, Mexico; Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss.; Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #10 / Friday (June 18), Hole #1

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Andy Pope, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Brad Kennedy, Australia; Thomas Aiken, South Africa

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Yosuke Asaji, Japan; Marcus Armitage, England; Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Cameron Young, Jupiter, Fla.; Wilco Nienaber, South Africa; Guido Migliozzi, Italy

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Brian Harman, Sea Island, Ga.; Tommy Fleetwood, England; Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, Calif.

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Collin Morikawa, La Canada, Calif.; Justin Thomas, Louisville, Ky.; Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Max Homa, Valencia, Calif.; Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif.; Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Jason Kokrak, Hudson, Ohio; Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.; Corey Conners, Canada

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Paul Barjon, France; Sam Ryder, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Dylan Frittelli, South Africa; Martin Laird, Scotland; K.H. Lee, Republic of Korea

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; Adrian Meronk, Poland; Sung Kang, Republic of Korea

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C.; (a) Andrew Kozan, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Alvaro Ortiz, Mexico

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – James Hervol, Hopkinton, Mass.; Hayden Springer, Trophy Club, Texas; Roy Cootes, Rolling Hills, Calif.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #1 / Friday (June 18), Hole #10

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Zach Zaback, Farmington, Conn.; Steve Allan, Australia; Eric Cole, Delray Beach, Fla.

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Hayden Buckley, Tupelo, Miss.; Taylor Montgomery, Las Vegas, Nev.; Jordan Smith, England

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Richard Bland, England; Troy Merritt, Meridian, Idaho

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Robert MacIntyre, Scotland; Victor Perez, France; Matt Wallace, England

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla.; Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Dustin Johnson, North Palm Beach, Fla.; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Justin Rose, England

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Matt Jones, Australia; Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.; Cameron Smith, Australia

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Carlos Ortiz, Mexico; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lanto Griffin, Blacksburg, Va.

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.; Chan Kim, Gilbert, Ariz.; Thomas Detry, Belgium

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – (a) Ollie Osborne, Reno, Nev.; Peter Malnati, Knoxville, Tenn.; Brian Stuard, Jackson, Mich.

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – John Huh, Dallas, Texas; Johannes Veerman, Houston, Texas; Zack Sucher, Birmingham, Ala.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Rick Lamb, Nashville, Tenn.; Michael Johnson, Birmingham, Ala.; Carson Schaake, Omaha, Neb.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #10 / Friday (June 18), Hole #1

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – David Coupland, England; Taylor Pendrith, Canada; Wade Ormsby, Australia

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Tom Hoge, Fargo, N.D.; Bo Hoag, Columbus, Ohio; (a) Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash.

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Erik van Rooyen, South Africa; Christiaan Bezuidenhout, South Africa; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Garrick Higgo, South Africa; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas; Joaquin Niemann, Chile

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Lee Westwood, England; Stewart Cink, Atlanta, Ga.; Paul Casey, England

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Will Zalatoris, Dallas, Texas; Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas; Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Marc Leishman, Australia; Jon Rahm, Spain; Patrick Reed, The Woodlands, Texas

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Patrick Cantlay, Jupiter, Fla.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Sungjae Im, Republic of Korea

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Kevin Streelman, Wheaton, Ill.; Branden Grace, South Africa; Charley Hoffman, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Sebastian Munoz, Colombia; Rikuya Hoshino, Japan; Brendon Todd, Athens, Ga.

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Wyndham Clark, Denver, Colo.; (a) Matthias Schmid, Germany; Matthew Southgate, England

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – (a) Spencer Ralston, Gainesville, Ga.; Dylan Wu, Medford, Ore.; Justin Suh, Las Vegas, Nev.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Luis Gagne, Costa Rica; Kyle Westmoreland, Daniel Island, S.C.; Christopher Crawford, Bensalem, Pa.

(a): amateur

2021 U.S. Open Championship – Par & Yardage
Torrey Pines Golf Course’s South Course will be set up at 7,652 yards and will play to a par of 35-36—71. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.

Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) Hole By Hole
Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Total

Par

4

4

3

4

4

4

4

3

5

35

Yardage

446

387

195

486

452

515

460

173

609

3,723

Hole

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Total

Par

4

3

4

5

4

4

3

4

5

36

Yardage

449

222

501

612

434

480/

223

440

568

3,929

513

About the U.S. Open
The U.S. Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Since 1895, the world’s top players have been identified in the most challenging major played on America’s greatest courses. Open to all, the U.S. Open annually provides thousands of golfers of all backgrounds the opportunity to qualify through a rigorous two-stage process. Ultimately From Many, One will triumph and be crowned champion. Past champions of the U.S. Open include Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka.

In September 2020, Bryson DeChambeau shot a final-round 67 at Winged Foot Golf Club to capture the championship’s 120th edition.

Generating upwards of $165 million in revenue annually, the U.S. Open drives nearly 75 percent of the USGA’s revenue and directly impacts the work we do to support millions of golfers who enjoy the game.

About the USGA
The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

For further information: Brian DePasquale, bdepasquale@usga.org

USGA Announces Fan Experiences For 121st U.S. Open

By USGA Communications.

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (June 15, 2021) – The USGA and its official partners have designed several innovative experiences to bring fans on-site and at home inside the action of the 121st U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course from June 15-20.

“We have worked closely with our incredible partners to develop several exciting ways to bring fans both on-site and watching at home closer to the action than ever before,” said Navin Singh, chief commercial officer of the USGA. “We are looking forward to providing unique and compelling ways for sports fans to engage with golf’s greatest championship and enhance the way they experience the action and drama.”

From June 15-20, fans can expect:

U.S. Open Livestream presented by American Express

U.S. Open fans can follow along as their favorite players navigate the South Course at Torrey Pines. Complimentary access to three channels of live streaming will include featured groups and featured holes (Nos. 11, 12, 13). Fans can access live streaming through usopen.com, the U.S. Open App, and the USGA Streaming App, available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.

Voices of Victory presented by American Express

As every U.S. Open competitor enters the course each day with the goal of making history and becoming the champion of the 121st U.S. Open, they will be greeted at the player entrance by the Voices of Victory, a dynamic wall featuring a mosaic of fan-submitted videos, cheering them on and celebrating the history and tradition of the U.S. Open. Fans can learn more on how to submit videos for consideration here.

American Express Card Member Benefits

American Express Card Members will receive a variety of exclusive benefits at this year’s U.S. Open, including complimentary folding chairs for the first 500 Card Members to arrive on-site per day as well as a 10 percent discount on all purchases made with an American Express Card at the Merchandise Pavilion. Card Members can follow the action no matter where they are on the course with the American Express® Radio, which features live radio coverage of the championship. Radios and chairs will be distributed near the course’s North and South entrances.

U.S. Open Augmented Reality (AR) built by Deloitte

Available in the Apple App and Google Play Stores, the U.S. Open Augmented Reality (AR) App will transport fans from their living rooms to Torrey Pines to follow the action at this year’s championship like never before. The course will come to life on users’ mobile devices, allowing fans to follow the action in near-real time with three-dimensional views of all 18 championship holes. Fans will be able to locate players, compare their performance with anyone in the field and watch real-time shot tracking, all in augmented reality. In addition to following the live action in AR, fans can explore an immersive tour of The Lodge at Torrey Pines and experience the epic 2008 U.S. Open playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. This AR experience has been designed to complement the official U.S. Open App, which fans can download to access real-time scores, stats, highlights, live-streaming video, player tracking, and more.

Cisco Virtual 4D Replay

During the television broadcast, viewers at home will be treated to multiangle, 4D replays of the action from the 6th hole at Torrey Pines. Fans will also be able to manipulate these replays within the U.S. Open App, allowing them to control the camera angle and experience a unique perspective on the championship.

USGA Streaming App Presented by Cisco

Available for free on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV, the USGA Streaming App will have live featured groups and featured holes coverage all week long. New for 2021, the app will feature condensed telecasts of the entire day of coverage on-demand each evening. It will also be the digital home of post-round interviews throughout the championship. Launched in 2019 in partnership with Cisco, the app also features more than 500 hours of USGA championship final-round broadcasts, films, highlights, and more, all available on demand.

Virtual U.S. Open Presented by Lexus

Fans who want to test their skill at Torrey Pines can now take on the course in the Virtual U.S. Open Presented by Lexus. A part of the USGA eSports Grand Slam Presented by Lexus and hosted on the World Golf Tour (WGT) by Topgolf digital platform, contestants can compete for a variety of prizes, including a grand prize VIP trip to the 2022 U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Qualifying for the Virtual U.S. Open runs from now through June 30, with the final taking place on Saturday, July 24. The Virtual U.S. Open will be followed by the Match Play Challenge at Oakmont on Saturday, Sept. 18, and the Grand Slam Series Finale on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Dewar’s Scotch Whisky Offerings

Dewar’s has produced a special limited-edition commemorative bottle of 19-year-old Scotch Whisky double-aged and finished exclusively in the finest first-fill American ex-bourbon casks to celebrate this year’s championship, with part of the proceeds going to benefit the USGA Foundation. The bottle is available now through the final round on Father’s Day at your local fine wine and spirits retailer or at ReserveBar – Dewar’s Champions Edition. For those on-site at the U.S. Open, Dewar’s will offer the Victory Highball, the Official Cocktail of the U.S. Open, in hospitality venues across the grounds. The Victory Highball is Dewar’s take on the classic highball featuring Dewar’s 12-year and ginger ale.

Fan Oasis Presented by Corona Premier

Fans on-site at Torrey Pines will be able to enjoy a variety of concessions – including Corona Premier, Corona Hard Seltzer and other Constellation Brand products – at Fan Oasis Presented by Corona Premier located in multiple areas across the grounds.

#BirdiesForPremier Sweepstakes

To bring even more excitement to golf fans around the country, Corona Premier will be giving away beer for birdies recorded during the championship. Anytime a birdie is made during the championship, Corona will share a tweet from its official Twitter account, @CoronaExtraUSA, offering fans of legal drinking age the opportunity to receive a 6-pack of Corona Premier in celebration. All consumers need to do is tweet #BirdiesForPremier and #Sweepstakes. Simply for participating in #BirdiesForPremier, fans will be automatically entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a truly premier golf experience. Follow @CoronaExtraUSA on Twitter for more updates.

9-Shot Challenge presented by the U.S. Open

From June 12-20 guests at select Topgolf Venues and Toptracer Range locations as well as those participating via the World Golf Tour by Topgolf app will be able to compete with other golfers around the world for the chance to win U.S. Open prizes. Players will hit approach shots on nine different virtual golf holes at Torrey Pines, with final scores determined by the sum of their distance from the pin across all nine holes. Players can complete the challenge as many times as they would like. The top finishers globally will receive a U.S. Open flag signed by this year’s champion, with second- and third-place finishers receiving USGA Shop gift cards. To find a participating location, visit www.topgolf.com/9ShotChallenge

USGAshop.com:

Fans looking to commemorate the 121st U.S. Open can purchase championship apparel and headwear at USGAshop.com. Shop top golf brands, including Polo Ralph Lauren, the Official Outfitter of the U.S. Open. American Express Card Members will receive 20 percent off items sitewide on USGAshop.com, Tuesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 16, when they use code: USGAAMEX and their American Express credit card at checkout. Terms and restrictions apply.

“My U.S. Open” Series from Rolex

Rolex returns with new editions of the “My U.S. Open” series highlighting champions from past U.S. Opens. In addition, Rolex has partnered with the USGA to produce an interactive timeline on usopen.com that includes videos, photos, and stats from championships throughout U.S. Open history.

Victory Club

Fans are encouraged to join the U.S. Open Victory Club, the first-ever dedicated U.S. Open fan club, where fans can celebrate the U.S. Open Championship and experience a greater connection to the championship year-round.

Fans can sign up now at usopen.com/victoryclub.

About the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Since 1895, the world’s top players have been identified in the most challenging major played on America’s greatest courses. Open to all, the U.S. Open annually provides thousands of golfers of all backgrounds the opportunity to qualify through a rigorous two-stage process. Ultimately From Many, One will triumph and be crowned champion. Past champions of the U.S. Open include Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.

 

In September 2020, Bryson DeChambeau shot a final-round 67 at Winged Foot Golf Club to capture the championship’s 120th edition.

 

Generating upwards of $165 million in revenue annually, the U.S. Open drives nearly 75 percent of the USGA’s revenue and directly impacts the work we do to support millions of golfers who enjoy the game.

 

About the USGA

The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

For further information: Jeff Altstadter, jaltstadter@usga.org

USGA Receives World’s Largest Collection of Golf-Themed Comic Books

By USGA

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (July 22, 2020) – The USGA Golf Museum has expanded its world-leading golf library and artifact collection thanks to a recent donation of more than 560 golf-themed comic books. The continued effort to preserve the stories and images of how golf has been played and portrayed through time is part of the association’s mission to champion and advance the game.

The collection, which is the most significant of its kind in the world, contains comics dating to the 1930s that feature golf on the cover. A selection of the covers has been digitized and can be found on usga.org.

Indiana-based collectors Charlie and Sara Haviza spent more than 30 years amassing the unique collection while becoming the world’s leading authorities on the topic. The couple, who are longtime USGA Members, donated the collection to the USGA Golf Museum this spring.

Most notably, the collection includes:

– New Funnies No. 108 from 1946, the first golf cover by Walter Lantz, one of the iconic comic artists of the 20th century

– Boy Comics No. 23, a World War II era comic featuring Crimebuster, a boy superhero (1945)

– Mickey Mouse Magazine No. 9 (1934)

– Examples of every known golf cover featuring cat and mouse characters Tom and Jerry

The comics in the collection closely reflect the periods in American history in which they were published, and the evolution of individual characters over time likewise mirrors changes in society and its values. More specifically, the covers provide important perspectives on the perception of golf at the time and its role within communities.

“Beginning with the golf boom of the late 1800s, golf was featured in just about every form of artistic and cultural expression, including music, theater, film, art and literature,” said Rand Jerris, senior managing director of Public Services for the USGA. “Collections such as this provide alternative methods of storytelling that create important pathways for more people to be exposed to golf.”

The donation greatly enhances the more than 200 golf-themed comic books the USGA already held in its library collection.

The USGA Golf Museum is located on the campus of the USGA’s headquarters in Liberty Corner, N.J., with an extensive digital catalog that can be found at usga.org. The commitment to the preservation and celebration of golf history is part of the association’s mission and is funded in large part by revenue generated from the U.S. Open.

For more information, please contact Danny Vohden: dvohden@usga.org

USGA Announces Exemption Categories for 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Amateur Championships

by USGA

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.  – The USGA recently announced the exemption categories for the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, set to take place Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Md., and the 120th U.S. Amateur, which will be held Aug. 10-16 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, in Bandon, Ore. As previously announced, the fields for both championships will be comprised entirely of exempt players due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Making the decision to forgo qualifying for our championships this year was extremely difficult, but we’re glad to be able to continue the legacy of these competitions and provide the best amateur players in the world the opportunity to compete for a USGA title,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director, Championships. “We aimed to create fields that most closely resemble those for a typical Amateur and Women’s Amateur, and are confident we will crown two worthy champions in August.”

Exemption categories for both championships are highlighted by expanded use of the World Amateur Golf Ranking® and Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking®, as well as finishes in recent USGA championships. A full list of U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur exemption categories can be found on usga.org. All exempt players must file an entry. Entries open Friday, June 26 and close Wednesday, July 8 at 5 p.m. EDT.

In order to align with health and safety guidelines, the USGA also announced a reduction in field size for both championships. The U.S. Women’s Amateur, typically played with 156 golfers, will be limited to a field size of 132. The U.S. Amateur, traditionally held with 312 competitors, will be played with 264. More information regarding testing protocols, travel guidance and other logistics will be made available when entries open on June 26.

“We are extremely grateful to state and local government officials in both Maryland and Oregon for their cooperation and partnership in working through logistics for these championships,” said Bodenhamer. “We are all facing new parameters brought on by current realities and will continue to partner with all parties as we navigate conducting these amateur championships under new guidelines.”

Remaining spots in the championship field will be filled using the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Once the field is set, the USGA will compile an alternate list for each championship based on WAGR®. All non-exempt players who wish to be considered for the remaining spots or alternate status must complete a preliminary application at champs.usga.org prior to the close of entries on July 8. More information on the application process can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

In addition, the USGA shared that entries for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship (April 24-28 at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas) and 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship (May 22-26 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.) will open the week of Aug. 17. More information about the qualifying process will be shared at a later date.

USGA Announces Exemption Categories for 2020 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Champions Golf Club

By USGA

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) recently announced the exemption categories for the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club, in Houston, Texas. As previously announced, the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open field will be comprised entirely of exempt players due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full exemption categories can be found at uswomensopen.com.

“We are extremely pleased to still provide the world’s best professional and amateur players the opportunity to compete for this historic championship, despite forgoing qualifying,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “After carefully examining previous years, these exemption categories allow us to closely mirror a traditional field, and we are excited to witness one of these players win what will truly be a milestone 75th U.S. Women’s Open.”

In addition to the customary U.S. Women’s Open exemptions, the 2020 field of 156 players will include the top 75 point leaders and ties from the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, as of March 16, instead of the usual top 50. Players who finished in the top 30 of the LPGA Tour’s 2019 Race to the CME Globe Final Points Cup list will also be exempt.

To ensure that those in the best form leading into the championship receive a place in the field, players who are not already exempt can earn a spot from their position on LPGA Tour’s 2020 official money list (top 10) or the Symetra Tour’s official money list (top 5) through Nov. 11. Exemptions will also be available based on performances in the following events on the 2020 LPGA Tour schedule: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Cambria Portland Classic, ShopRite Classic and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. 

An average of 25 amateurs have competed in the last three U.S. Women’s Opens, including Gina Kim, who tied for 12th last year at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). The World Amateur Golf Ranking® will be utilized to fill the amateur contingent at Champions Golf Club, as the top 20 point leaders who are not otherwise exempt as of Nov. 4 will be added to the six amateur categories already employed. Amateurs have historically enjoyed tremendous success at the U.S. Women’s Open, including 1967 champion Catherine Lacoste, Jenny Chuasiriporn, who finished runner-up in 1998, and Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel, who shared runner-up honors in the memorable 2005 U.S. Women’s Open at Cherry Hills won by Birdie Kim.

In lieu of international qualifying, the final rankings on the 2019 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit and the final money lists on the 2019 Japan LPGA Tour, Korean LPGA Tour and China LPGA Tour will help to round out the field. Remaining spots in the championship will be filled using the Rolex Rankings as of Nov. 9. More information on exemption categories and the entry application process can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Eleven U.S. Women’s Open champions currently meet exemption categories, including two-time winner Inbee Park (2008, 2013) and Jeongeun Lee6, who claimed the title last year at the Country Club of Charleston. Joining Park and Lee6 are: Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Paula Creamer (2010), So Yeon Ryu (2011), Na Yeon Choi (2012), Michelle Wie (2014), In Gee Chun (2015), Brittany Lang (2016), Sung Hyun Park (2017) and Ariya Jutanugarn (2018).

Exempt players must file an entry. Entries will open Wednesday, Oct. 7 and close Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. EDT.

USGA ANNOUNCES EXEMPTION CATEGORIES FOR 2020 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT CHAMPIONS GOLF CLUB

By LPGA Communications

Entries will be accepted from Oct. 7-Nov. 11

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (July 1, 2020) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the exemption categories for the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club, in Houston, Texas. As previously announced, the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open field will be comprised entirely of exempt players due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full exemption categories can be found at uswomensopen.com.

“We are extremely pleased to still provide the world’s best professional and amateur players the opportunity to compete for this historic championship, despite forgoing qualifying,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “After carefully examining previous years, these exemption categories allow us to closely mirror a traditional field, and we are excited to witness one of these players win what will truly be a milestone 75th U.S. Women’s Open.”

In addition to the customary U.S. Women’s Open exemptions, the 2020 field of 156 players will include the top 75 point leaders and ties from the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, as of March 16. Players who finished in the top 30 of the LPGA Tour’s 2019 Race to the CME Globe Final Points Cup list will also be exempt.

To ensure that those in the best form leading into the championship receive a place in the field, players who are not already exempt can earn a spot from their position on LPGA Tour’s 2020 official money list (top 10) or the Symetra Tour’s official money list (top 5) through Nov. 11. Exemptions will also be available based on performances in the following events on the 2020 LPGA Tour schedule: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Cambria Portland Classic, ShopRite Classic and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

An average of 25 amateurs have competed in the last three U.S. Women’s Opens, including Gina Kim, who tied for 12th last year at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). The World Amateur Golf Ranking® will be utilized to fill the amateur contingent at Champions Golf Club, as the top 20 point leaders who are not otherwise exempt as of Nov. 4 will be added to the six amateur categories already employed. Amateurs have historically enjoyed tremendous success at the U.S. Women’s Open, including 1967 champion Catherine Lacoste, Jenny Chuasiriporn, who finished runner-up in 1998, and Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel, who shared runner-up honors in the memorable 2005 U.S. Women’s Open at Cherry Hills won by Birdie Kim.

In lieu of international qualifying, the final rankings on the 2019 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit and the final money lists on the 2019 Japan LPGA Tour, Korean LPGA Tour and China LPGA Tour will help to round out the field. Remaining spots in the championship will be filled using the Rolex Rankings as of Nov. 9. More information on exemption categories and the entry application process can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Eleven U.S. Women’s Open champions currently meet exemption categories, including two-time winner Inbee Park (2008, 2013) and Jeongeun Lee6, who claimed the title last year at the Country Club of Charleston. Joining Park and Lee6 are: Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Paula Creamer (2010), So Yeon Ryu (2011), Na Yeon Choi (2012), Michelle Wie (2014), In Gee Chun (2015), Brittany Lang (2016), Sung Hyun Park (2017) and Ariya Jutanugarn (2018).

Exempt players must file an entry. Entries will open Wednesday, Oct. 7 and close Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. EDT.