U.S. Amateur

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has organized the United States Amateur Championship, better known as the U.S. Amateur, since its inception in 1895. Two “National Amateur” events had been played the year before, but C. B. Macdonald of the Chicago Golf Club scuppered both tournaments, compelling the five core clubs at the forefront of the game in America (St Andrew’s Club of Yonkers, Shinnecock Hills, The Country Club of Brookline, Newport CC and Chicago Golf Club) to unite to oversee the proper running of such a prestigious golf tournament.

This resulted in the formation of the Amateur Golf Association of the United States (as it was originally named) and the inauguration of the U.S. Amateur at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. Ironically, C. B. Macdonald won the first event by the record margin of 12 & 11 against Charles Sands, a golfer and tennis player who would go on to compete in two Olympic Games.

The Havemeyer Trophy U.S. Amateur championship

Thirty-two amateurs participated in the inaugural event and, by the time that sectional qualifying was introduced in 1931, the number entering had increased to nearly 200. In 1947, entries had risen to just over a thousand. For some reason, the competition became a stroke play event in 1965, but that only lasted for eight editions, returning to match play in 1973. A further refinement was introduced in 1979 (with entries at almost 4,000) to bring in stroke play qualifying.

Nowadays, after two days of stroke play competition, the leading 64 competitors then revert to a knockout match play set-up. All ties are played over 18 holes, except the final, which is a 36-hole affair with two 18-hole rounds on the same day. The champion receives an invitation...

U.S. Amateur host courses

Apawamis

Gem USA - Best in Area

Founded initially as a social organization in 1890, Willie Dunn Jr. laid out the course at the Apawamis Club in the early 1900s. Dunn served as the head professional at Westward Ho! and also designed the original course at Biarritz Le Phare with his brother Tom...

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Aronimink

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area 86th USA Ranking 100th North America Ranking

The course in play today at Aronimink Golf Club opened in 1928 and Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross, originally designed it. Gil Hanse restored the old classic ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship.

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Atlantic City

15th New Jersey - Best in Area

This venerable course has hosted national championships on several occasions over the years and Atlantic City Country Club claim to have coined the golfing term “birdie”.

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Baltimore (East)

1st Maryland - Best in Area 65th USA Ranking 74th North America Ranking

Although the club was inaugurated in 1898, the East course at Baltimore Country Club was designed by the great genius of golf course architecture, A.W. Tillinghast and it opened for play in 1926.

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Baltusrol (Lower)

4th New Jersey - Best in Area

Baltusrol Golf Club takes its name from Mr Baltus Roll who once farmed this land in the 19th century before his untimely murder.

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Baltusrol (Upper)

6th New Jersey - Best in Area

The Upper course at Baltusrol Golf Club was laid out by the "Creator of Golf Courses", the legendary A. W. Tillinghast.

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Bel-Air

11th California - Best in Area

Bel-Air Country Club is a throwback to The Roaring Twenties and the course here is one of the finest layouts that came from the remarkable George C. Thomas design stable. Tom Doak reckons Bel-Air may well be the most spectacular routing ever conceived.

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Beverly Country Club

7th Illinois - Best in Area

Beverly Country Club is bounded on all sides by Windy City suburbs and is routed in two rectangular parcels, with the front nine holes lying to the north of 87th Street and the back nine laid out on the other side...

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U.S. Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 73
2 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 64
3 Cory Lewis Courses Played 59
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 59
5 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 55
6 James Gold Courses Played 53
7 Mark White Courses Played 51
8 Joshua Asher Courses Played 49
9 Paul Jones Courses Played 48
10 Andy Troeger Courses Played 43