Sept. 14-16, 2010Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rosa, Calif.
PAR AND YARDAGE – Mayacama Golf Club will be set up at 6,726 yards and par is 36-35—71.
ARCHITECT – Jack Nicklaus designed the walking-only course that opened in 2001 on the former estate of "Peanuts" comic strip creator Charles M. Schulz.
MAYACAMA GOLF CLUB HOLE-BY-HOLE –
WHO CAN ENTER – All states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico may enter teams of three players.
USGA COURSE AND SLOPE RATING – The Course Rating for the championship is 73.8 and the Slope Rating is 152.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY – Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled for Sept. 14-16 (Tuesday-Thursday) with lowest two of the three individual scores counting as the team’s score for the round. The team with the lowest aggregate score through 54 holes is the champion.
ADMISSION – Admission is free of charge. Parking is available, free of charge, immediately outside the entrance to Mayacama Golf Club. Shuttle service to the club will be available.
ARCHITECT – A Jack Nicklaus design, Mayacama Golf Club opened in 2001 on the former estate of “Peanuts” comic strip creator Charles M. Schulz. The club is located 65 miles north of San Francisco in the heart of wine country. Bodega Bay on the scenic Pacific Coast is 28 miles to the west.
COURSE LAYOUT -- Greens will be 11½ feet on the USGA Stimpmeter for the duration of the championship. Fairways and teeing grounds will be mowed to .35 inches, with collars at .215 inches. The intermediate cut of rough will be 6 feet and be mowed to 1½ inches, with the primary rough at 2¾ inches.
TEAMS – All 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be represented. Only Puerto Rico failed to send a team to the 2009 competition. Each state decides how to select their team.
2009 CHAMPION – Pennsylvania’s Mike Van Sickle, Nathan Smith and Sean Knapp totaled 9-under-par 417 to win the 2009 USGA Men’s State Team Championship by three strokes over Kansas at the Lewis and Clark Course of the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo.
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CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY – This is the 9th USGA Men’s State Team Championship and the first USGA Championship to be conducted at Mayacama Golf Club. The competition, as well as the Women’s State Team Championship, grew out of the Association’s centennial anniversary in 1995. USGA officials believed that a new championship, one in which each state could be represented by amateur, non-college golfers, was an appropriate way to cap the USGA’s year-long birthday celebration. The competition proved to be such a success that the Association decided to continue conducting the championship biennially.
The format was fashioned after the biennial World Amateur Team Championship, which involves three-person teams in a 3-count-2 stroke-play format. State associations were given a variety of options in which to select its team members. The inaugural Men’s State Team Championship drew teams from all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The District of Columbia has also been added.
This is the second time that the Men’s State Team and Women’s State Team won’t be conducted at the same site. In 2009, the Men’s State Team was held outside of St. Louis and the Women’s State Team was conducted in Fort Wayne, Ind. Starting this year, the two competitions will be conducted in alternate, with the Men in even-numbered years and the Women in odd years.
USGA CHAMPIONS – Three USGA champions and two past USA Walker Cup participants are in the field.
Tim Jackson (Tennessee) won the 1994 and 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur, and competed on the 1995 and 1999 Walker Cup Teams. He helped Tennessee win the 2003 USGA Men’s State Team title. Jackson also has been the low amateur at the U.S. Senior Open the past two years (2009 and 2010).
Nathan Smith (Pennsylvania) claimed the 2003 and 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur and was on the 2009 USA Walker Cup Team. He also helped Pennsylvania win the 2009 USGA Men’s State Team title.
Brad Benjamin (Illinois) claimed the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links title and became the fifth left-handed USGA champion.
BACK AGAIN –Keith Decker (Virginia) and Frank Vana Jr. (Massachusetts) are the only golfers who will have participated in all nine USGA Men’s State Team Championships. Decker helped Virginia win the inaugural event in 1995 at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Virginia was also the runner-up in 1999 and 2001.
CALIFORNIA DREAMING -- California has never claimed a USGA Men’s State Team title, but the state has been a two-time runner-up. Representing California in 2010 are three golfers who qualified for last month’s U.S. Amateur: Randy Haag of Burlingame, Harry Rudolph III of La Jolla and Jeff Wilson of Fairfield. Wilson shot a 10-under-par 62 at The Home Course, the second stroke-play qualifying venue, en route to medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur. It was the fifth time he was a stroke-play medalist at a USGA amateur competition. He also was the low amateur at the 2000 U.S. Open. Haag was the low amateur at the 2010 British Senior Open and Rudolph was the runner-up at the 2010 California State Amateur and a member of the University of Arizona’s NCAA Division I title team in 1992.
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE -- The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the USGA Men’s State Team Championship (Tuesday through Thursday) for news use only. For more information and to register, e-mail the USGA Photo Archives Department at firstname.lastname@example.org .
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS – USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
MORE INFORMATION – Please contact David Shefter of USGA communications by cell phone at (908) 566-5691 or e-mail at email@example.com. Shefter will be on-site at the championship beginning Sept. 12. For more information on the USGA, please visit www.usga.org. Media specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/press_room/Press-Room/. The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the USGA Men’s State Team Championship (Tuesday through Thursday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact Ellie Kaiser of the USGA at . Her office phone number is (908) 234-2300, ext. 1294.