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The Honors Course to Host 2026 U.S. Women’s Amateur and 2031 U.S. Amateur

 

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2020) –The USGA announced today that The Honors Course, in Ooltewah, Tenn., will be the host site for both the 2026 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and the 2031 U.S. Amateur Championship.

 Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1983, The Honors Course sits at the foot of White Oak Mountain, near Chattanooga. The 2026 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which is scheduled for Aug. 3-9, and the 2031 U.S. Amateur, scheduled for Aug. 11-17, will be the seventh and eighth USGA championships conducted at The Honors Course. The club previously hosted the 1991 U.S. Amateur, won by Mitch Voges; the 1994 Curtis Cup Match, a biennial competition between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland that was halved, 9-9; the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Kevin Marsh; the 2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, won by Terri Frohnmayer; and the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur, won by Min Woo Lee.

 The course will also host the 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship on Aug. 28-Sept. 2.

 “Having three USGA championships at our course over the next 11 years is an incredible honor and a tremendous reflection of the hard work of our members and staff in carrying out our club’s dedication to amateur golf,” said Joe Richardson, chairman of The Honors Course. “The 2031 U.S. Amateur will have special significance as we mark the 40th anniversary of hosting the championship. We are proud and excited to welcome everyone to our home.”

 The state of Tennessee previously hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2018 at The Golf Club of Tennessee, won by Kristen Gillman, and in 1938 at Memphis Country Club, won by Estelle Lawson Page. The Honors Course will become the 26th course to have hosted both a U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur, joining among others, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club and Merion Golf Club.

 Women’s competitive golf in this country began with the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 1895. Along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, the Women’s Amateur was one of the USGA’s first three championships that year. In 2019, Gabriela Ruffels became the first Australian to hoist the Robert Cox Trophy with her victory at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion receives a full exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open. The 2020 championship will be played Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Md. The 2021 championship will be hosted by Westchester Country Club, in Rye, N.Y., from Aug. 2-8.

 Mitch Voges, 41, took home the Theodore A. Havemeyer Trophy in the 1991 U.S. Amateur at The Honors Course, defeating Manny Zerman, 7 and 6, in the final.

 The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles, with notable winners such as five-time champion Bob Jones, three-time champion Tiger Woods, two-time winner Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau.

 The 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship will be conducted Aug. 10-16 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, in Bandon, Ore.; Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club will host the 2021 championship; the 2022 championship will be hosted by Ridgewood Country Club, in Paramus, N.J.; the 2023 championship will be played at Cherry Hills Country Club, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, Minn., will be the site of the 2024 championship; the 2025 championship will be conducted at The Olympic Club, in San Francisco; and Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa., will host the 2026 championship.

 “The U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Amateur are among the preeminent championships in the amateur game and we are excited to conduct them at a club that is so supportive of amateur golf,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “The Honors Course will provide an outstanding test for the top players from around the world.”

 

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.

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USGA Announces 2020 U.S. Open Final Qualifying Sites

 

 

USGA Announces 2020 U.S. Open

Final Qualifying Sites

 

Nine U.S. Sites, Along with Canada, England, Japan Will Host
Final Qualifying Between May 18-June 8

 

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 24, 2020) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the 12 final qualifying sites for the 120th U.S. Open Championship, which will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), in Mamaroneck, N.Y., on June 18-21, 2020. Winged Foot is hosting its sixth U.S. Open and 13th USGA championship.

Final qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will be held at eight U.S. sites – two in Ohio and one each in California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York and Oregon – on Monday, June 8, and one site in Texas on Monday, May 18. For the 16th consecutive year, Japan and England will host international final qualifying, scheduled for May 25 and June 8, respectively. A final qualifier will be contested for the second time in Canada on June 8.

 

“For more than 60 years, the USGA has conducted two-stage U.S. Open qualifying, the foundation for an open and democratic process that leads to a strong and competitive field,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “Allied Golf Associations in the United States, along with the PGA European Tour, Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada collaborate to provide players worldwide an opportunity to emerge from more than 9,000 entrants and earn the right to compete for a major championship.”

 

The Columbus, Ohio; Purchase, N.Y.; Daly City, Calif.; and Dallas, Texas, final sites will use two courses. In Columbus, Brookside Golf and Country Club and The Lakes Golf and Country Club will combine to host final qualifying for the 15th time. Seven players from the Columbus qualifier made the 36-hole cut in last year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Chesson Hadley, who tied for ninth, was among that group.

 

Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club will join to host final qualifying in Purchase for the 16th time since 1963. Lake Merced Golf Club and The Olympic Club’s Ocean Course are paired in Northern California for the fourth time. Lakewood Country Club and Royal Oaks Country Club will host the Dallas, Texas, qualifier. Lakewood (2013, 2017) and Royal Oaks (1973, 1979) have twice been sites for final qualifying but will collaborate for the first time.

 

Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Md., will host U.S. Open final qualifying for the 33rd time in the last 34 years, with only the North Course used for the seventh consecutive year. Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek Course, in Roswell, Ga., has been a final qualifying site in alternate years since 1994 and will host for the 13th time. Springfield Country Club in Ohio will host final qualifying for the 11th consecutive year and 12th time in 13 years.

 

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s Witch Hollow Course, in North Plains, Ore., and The Club at Admiral’s Cove (North/West Courses), in Jupiter, Fla., will each host a final qualifier for the first time. The Witch Hollow Course has been the site of two U.S. Women’s Opens (1997, 2003) and the 1996 U.S. Amateur. The Club at Admiral’s Cove was a U.S. Open local qualifying site for 11 consecutive years through 2019.

 

Canada is a host site for U.S. Open final qualifying for the second consecutive year. RattleSnake Point Golf Club, in Milton, Ontario, will use its CopperHead Course. Alex Prugh, who tied for 21st in last year’s U.S. Open, was among five players from the Canadian qualifier who made the 36-hole cut at Pebble Beach.

 

Walton Heath Golf Club in England and Minagi Golf Club in Japan join Canada as international final qualifying sites. Six players made the cut in the 2019 U.S. Open after advancing from Walton Heath, which is hosting for the 16th consecutive year.

 

To be eligible for qualifying, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 108 sites in the U.S. and one in Canada, takes place between April 27-May 12.

 

Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and final play. Gene Littler (1961), Julius Boros (1963), Jerry Pate (1976), Steve Jones (1996), Michael Campbell (2005) and Lucas Glover (2009) have won after advancing through final qualifying.

 

In 2019, the USGA accepted 9,125 entries for the championship at Pebble Beach, the eighth consecutive year that entries topped 9,000. The record of 10,127 was established for the 2014 championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

 

Online player registration for the 2020 U.S. Open will begin in the first week of March (https://champs.usga.org/index.html) and continue through Wednesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. EDT.

 

2020 U.S. Open Final Qualifying Sites (12)

 

International (3)

Monday, May 25

Asia – Minagi Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Monday, June 8

Canada – RattleSnake Point Golf Club (CopperHead Course), Milton, Ontario

Europe – Walton Heath Golf Club (New and Old Courses), Surrey, England

 

United States (9)

Monday, May 18

Lakewood Country Club & Royal Oaks Country Club, Dallas, Texas

Monday, June 8

Lake Merced Golf Club & The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), Daly City, Calif.

The Club at Admiral’s Cove (North and West Courses), Jupiter, Fla.

Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.

Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.

Century Country Club & Old Oaks Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.

Brookside Golf & Country Club & The Lakes Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio

Springfield (Ohio) Country Club

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore.

 

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.

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OUAZ Standout Hofman Adds First AGA Victory to his Resume at the San Tan Amateur

OUAZ standout Noah Hoffman emerged with a victory at the 2020 San Tan Amateur after turning in tournament low round 6-under 66 at Alta Mesa Golf Club on Sunday.

Despite the tough weather conditions, the 21-year-old managed to enter the final round at even, one stroke behind defending champion Adam Walicki and Mike Wagner.

“I felt like I came out ready to play and I had a game plan ready to go. I knew I was probably going to have to fire at some pins,” the Champion said.

Hofman charged onto the top of the leaderboard to take an early lead after birding five of his first eight holes.

Making the turn, the Nebraska native entered the final nine with pressure, just one stroke behind Walicki. He expanded his lead when he converted a single birdie on 10. Hofman squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 15, but managed to save par from 15 feet at the par-5 16th. With a birdie on 18, Hofman completed the back nine at 3-under, prevailing with a two shot win.

“I left myself in some good spots. I got myself into tricky spots on the back nine but made a really clutch par-putt on sixteen,” Hofman stated following his victory. “That really mellowed me out. I think that was really the huge key…and of course the birdie on eighteen.”

Although this marks Hofman’s first AGA victory, he is no stranger to adding wins to his established amateur resume. Before transferring to OUAZ his junior season, he managed two top-three national finishes and was also named to the NCCAA All-American team both seasons. With only a year and a half under his belt at OUAZ, Hofman has recorded five victories. Last month, Hofman set a 54-hole school record after turning in a 10-under 256. He also punched his ticket to Pinehurst for the 2019 U.S. Amateur, missing match play by two strokes.

The back-to-back AGA Player of the Year Adam Walicki finished the tournament in solo second after carding 36-hole total of 4-under. Mike Wagner rounded out the top three after turning in a 3-under on the weekend.

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Longbow Golf Club Selected to Host 2020 U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship

Longbow Golf Club of Mesa, Arizona, announced Monday they will showcase the nation’s top disabled golfers at the 2020 United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, May 18-21. For the first time in the tournaments three-year history, the championship will be contested over three days through 54 holes of stroke play with no cut.

“Longbow Golf Club is honored to be the host site for the 2020 U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship,” said Bob McNichols, General Manager and developer of Longbow Golf Club. “Longbow Golf Club has long advocated and supported adaptive golf. We have provided access, training, specialized equipment and partnered with Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, and various community organizations to promote access to the game of golf for the adaptive golf community. We look forward to welcoming the competitors and presenting an exciting championship for top U.S. and international adaptive golfers.”

With the field capped at 90 players, the championship is expected to draw the highest number of participants this May. The inaugural championship in 2018 attracted 48 male and female golfers representing eight different countries. Last year, the championship brought in 72 golfers from eight countries.

To qualify for the championship, the golfer must have an established and current WHS handicap index of 30 or below. Striving to encourage all physical and intellectual impaired golfers 16 years and older of all abilities to compete, the Open is flighted into several different playing categories, net and gross: three divisions of gross and net, seated, non-seated, and women gross and net.

The entry fee is $280 and will include one practice round, three rounds of competition, an opening banquet and ceremony, a meal at the conclusion of the second day, and awards to the top three finishers of each category of the conclusion of the tournament.

 

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About the United States Disabled Golf Association:

In 2011, USDGA Founder, Jason Faircloth became the first and only American to play in the Disabled British Open. He was one of only three persons with Cerebral Palsy to play in the event. The Disabled British Open was televised on SKY Sports throughout Europe. Jason finished 34th overall, sixth in his flight in 2011 and 28th overall and runner-up in his flight in 2012. When he returned from the Disabled British Open in 2011, Jason said “ Based on the number of Americans with disabilities, the number of golf courses we have in this country, and the popularity of the sport of golf, there is no way we cannot successfully organize competitions across the United States.“ In May of 2015, the United States Disabled Golf Association became a  registered 501c3 with a mission  to provide people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities an opportunity to showcase his or her ability in a golf championship at the highest level in the USA. His primary goal with the USDGA was to have a world class annual national tournament for golfers of all disabilities that would showcase their ability and talents . thought he was ready to hold his first The inaugural United States Disabled Open Golf Championship was held on May 8-10, 2018 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

About Longbow Golf Club

Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use development, being developed by Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, that incorporates office, light industrial, retail, hotel and residential uses surrounded by desert vegetation, a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Troon managed Longbow Golf Club was originally designed by Ken Kavanaugh in 1997. In 2003, Daedalus commissioned Kavanaugh to execute a complete redesign of the golf course creating a complete refresh layout. Longbow Golf Club has played host to the American Junior Golf Association’s Ping Heather Farr Classic, the LPGA Symetra Tour Gateway Classic,

LPGA Volvik Founders Cup Qualifier as well as tournaments for the AGA, USGA, NCAA, NJCAA, high school and The First Tee. For more information on Longbow Golf Club, visit www.longbowgolf.com or call 480-807-5400.

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Sothwestern Golf Association Unveils New Logo

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – February 6, 2020 —The Southwestern Golf Association is proud to
announce its new Sombrero logo starting with the upcoming 105th Southwestern Amateur
tournament.
The Sombrero reflects the Southwestern’s roots established in 1915, as well as the transition to
be a more inclusive tournament.
As indicated in our May 2019 announcement, 2020 will be the first year of the tournament in
which competition will be open to women as well as mixed team play.
“The board felt that the format change was the right thing to do and the new logo change is
envisioned to complement this change,” said SWGA president, Phil Mahoney.
The event has been played at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale for the past seven years and
the Club will continue to host the expanded tournament scheduled for June 17-20, 2020.
“We are excited to be breaking new ground by bringing an additional tournament to women’s
amateur golf as well as continuing the 105-year-old men’s tournament.,” said John Ranslem,
executive director of the Southwestern Golf Association.
The tournament will be a four-day event and will be played on two of Desert Mountain’s Jack
Nicklaus courses. The mixed-team play will consist of one man and one woman for a total of 72
teams. The team event will take place the first two days, while individual play will span four
days and 72 holes.
The Southwestern Golf Association is a non-profit organization that promotes amateur golf in
the southwestern US. For more information, visit www.swga.net.