Eight professional golfers assembled at Prestwick Golf Club in 1860 to determine who would become the Champion Golfer and so The Open was born, but it would take until 1872 before the champion's prize became a silver claret jug...
In 1893, Lady Margaret Scott won the first of three back-to-back editions of the “Ladies’ Championship” as it was first known; Cecil Leith (1914-1921, with no competition during WWI) and Enid Wilson (1931-1933) are the only other golfers to win three consecutive titles.
The Tour Championship is a 72-hole stroke play competition played as an end of season event on the PGA Tour and it historically featured the top 30 players on the money list for that year.
C. B. Macdonald won the first U.S. Amateur championship at Newport Country Club in 1895 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 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship was established by the USGA in 1949, one year after the U.S. Junior Amateur for young men. It’s a competition that comprises two days of stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors then involved in match play ties to determine the winner.
The USGA inaugurated the U.S. Junior Amateur championship for players under the age of eighteen in 1948, though the age limit was raised by one year for the 2017 competition. It was also announced then that the winner would gain entry into the following year's U.S. Open.
“When the first United States Open championship was held in 1895, it was a sort of extra added attraction to the main event, the first official United States Amateur championship.” Wrote Herbert Warren Wind in the foreword of The U.S. Open Golf’s Ultimate Challenge.
The American Seniors Golf Association was formed back in 1935, organizing a series of annual winter tournaments for senior amateur players. Twenty years later, the USGA later decided to hold a nationwide contest for amateurs aged 55, naming it the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Organized by the USGA, the U.S. Senior Open is one of the five major championships in senior golf. It was introduced in 1980 when the lower age limit was 55, but this was reduced the following year to 50 and has remained there ever since.
The U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur got off the ground in 1962 as a 54-hole stroke play competition played over three days for women golfers aged 50 and over. In 1997, the USGA changed the format to 36 holes of stroke play followed by match play ties...