Championship Facts

July 12-17, 2010
Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center, Greensboro, N.C.

PAR AND YARDAGE - Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center will be set up at 7,218 yards (7,139 yards in match play) and will play to a par of 35-36–71. The 10th hole will play 390 yards in stroke play and 311 yards in match play.





































































DISTANCE - At 7,218 yards, the Champions Course at Bryan Park will be the third-longest course in the championship’s history. Murphy Creek Golf Club in Aurora, Colo., measured 7,551 yards for the 2008 championship, and Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., was 7,289 yards in 2009.

ARCHITECT - The Champions Course at Bryan Park was designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1990.

Tees, approaches and collars, height of grass – just below 0.5 inch
Fairways, height of grass – 0.5 inch
Putting greens, height of grass – 0.120 inch with a speed of 11 feet on USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate rough – 1.5 inches (6-foot width)
Primary rough – 2.5 inches

COURSE GRASSES - The greens are bentgrass while the fairways and roughs are bermudagrass.

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE - Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating for the Champions Course at Bryan Park is 76.0. Its Slope Rating is 147.

WHO CAN ENTER - The championship is open to amateur golfers who are bona fide public-course players with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. The deadline for entries was May 26.

ENTRIES - A total of 3,181 contestants entered the 2010 championship. The record of 6,300 was set in 1998.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING - Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was held at 74 sites between June 12-27.       

CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD - The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 64 scorers, after which six rounds of match play will be contested to determine the champion.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY -       Monday, July 12 – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
                                                Tuesday, July 13 – Second round, stroke play (18 holes)
                                                Wednesday, July 14 – First round, match play (18 holes)
                                                Thursday, July 15 – Second and third rounds, match play (18 holes each)
                                                Friday, July 16 – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play (18 holes each)
                                                Saturday, July 17 – Final, match play (36 holes)

ADMISSION - Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.

2009 CHAMPION - Brad Benjamin, 22, of Rockford, Ill., defeated Nick Taylor, 21, of Canada, 7 and 6, to win the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. Benjamin will not defend his title this year.

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EXEMPT PLAYERS             There are 12 players fully exempt from qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship:

                                                Wesley Bryan, Chapin, S.C. – 2009 APL quarterfinalist
                                                 Cason Hammock, Columbus, Ga. – 2008 APL semifinalist
                                                 Jay Hwang, San Diego, Calif. – 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up
                                                 Scott Langley, St. Louis, Mo. – 2010 U.S. Open qualifier; 2010 NCAA Div. I Championship individual winner
                                                 Sam Lyons, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – 2009 APL quarterfinalist
                                                 Cody Paladino, Kensington, Conn. – 2007 APL runner-up
                                                 Bhavik Patel, Bakersfield, Calif. – 2009 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist
                                                 Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash. – 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
                                                 Kevin Phelan, St. Augustine, Fla. – 2010 U.S. Open qualifier
                                                 Nick Taylor, Canada – 2009 U.S. APL runner-up; returned scores for 72 holes at the 2009 U.S. Open
                                                 Steve Wilson, Ocean Springs, Miss. – 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
                                                 Sang Yi, Carrollton, Texas – 2009 APL quarterfinalist

THE TROPHY - The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship Trophy was presented in 1922 by James D. Standish Jr., the central figure in organizing the championship. He served on the USGA Executive Committee for 13 years, including two years as president (1950-51).

APL HISTORY - This is the 85th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The championship has been an unqualified success since its inception in 1922, giving exposure to many public-course players who otherwise might not have an opportunity to compete in a national championship.

Professional major championship winners who have competed in the APL include U.S. Open champions Tommy Bolt, Ed Furgol, David Graham and Ken Venturi; Masters champions George Archer and Trevor Immelman; British Open champions Ben Curtis and Tony Lema; and PGA Championship winners Rich Beem, Walter Burkemo, Graham, Bob Hamilton, Dave Marr and Bobby Nichols.

Billy Mayfair, two-time champion Ryan Moore and Colt Knost are the only players to have captured the U.S. Amateur and APL titles, the latter two doing it in the same year. Carl Kauffmann is the only player to have won the APL three times, doing so in consecutive years from 1927-29. Seven others have won it twice.

APL WINNERS SUCCESSFUL ON TOUR - APL champions who have gone on to professional careers include David Berganio Jr., Tim Clark, Hunter Haas, Trevor Immelman, Billy Mayfair, Ryan Moore, Jodie Mudd, Chez Reavie, Brandt Snedeker and D.J. Trahan.

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NORTH CAROLINA - The 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship is the first USGA championship to be conducted at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center. North Carolina has hosted 24 USGA championships, including the 1986 APL at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, where Billy Mayfair defeated Jim Sorenson in the final, 3 and 2.

The 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship will be held at The Country Club of North Carolina in Village of Pinehurst, July 19-24. In addition, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be played at Charlotte Country Club, Aug. 9-15, giving North Carolina a total of 27 USGA events at year’s end.

In 2014, the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open will be held at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in Village of Pinehurst, marking the first time both USGA national championships will be played back-to-back at the same venue. The U.S. Open will be held June 12-15, and the U.S. Women’s Open will be played June 19-22.

FUTURE SITES - In 2011, the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will be played June 27-July 2 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. The 2012 championship will be played July 9-14 at Soldier Hollow Golf Club in Midway, Utah. It will be the first USGA championship conducted in the state of Utah.

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE - The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the championship (Monday-Saturday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact John Mummert of the USGA at His office phone number is (908) 234-2300, ext. 1983.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS - USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300

MORE INFORMATION - Justin Hancher and David Normoyle will be the USGA media representatives on site. Hancher can be reached at (908) 234-2300 x1156 or by e-mail at Normoyle can be reached at (908) 432-3004 or by e-mail at For more information on the USGA, please visit Media specific information can be found at

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