PAR AND YARDAGE: Mountain Ridge Country Club will be set up at 6,838 yards and will play to a par of 36-35–71.
MOUNTAIN RIDGE C.C. HOLE BY HOLE:
ARCHITECT: Mountain Ridge Country Club was designed by Donald Ross. Mountain Ridge, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, opened for play in 1913.
WHO CAN ENTER: The USGA Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateurs, age 55 and older, who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4. The deadline for entries was Aug. 15.
ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 2,260 entries for the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur. A total of 2,162 entries were accepted in 2011. The record for entries is 2,498, set in 2005.
2011 CHAMPION: Louis Lee, 55, of Heber Springs, Ark., defeated Philip Pleat of Nashua, N.H., 1-up, in the championship match at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va.. Lee became the second-youngest Senior Amateur champion with a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole. He also joined his brother, Stanford, the 2007 Senior Amateur winner, as the holder of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy.
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SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Sept. 27 and 28. The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 29 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
Sept. 30 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
Oct. 1 (Monday) – First round of match play
Oct. 2 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Oct. 3 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
Oct. 4 (Thursday) – 18-hole championship final, match play
EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 20 golfers are exempt from qualifying based on past performances in USGA and other major amateur competitions or by being ranked in the top 500 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking that is jointly administered by the USGA and The R&A.
Mike Bell: 2006 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Mark Bemowski: 2004 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Jeff Burda: 2011 USGA Senior Amateur quarterfinalist
William Thomas Doughtie: 2011 USGA Senior Amateur semifinalist
Brady Exber: Ranked in top 500 of World Amateur Golf Ranking
Vinny Giles: 2009 USGA Senior Amateur champion
John Grace: 2009 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up
Douglas Hanzel: Low amateur completing 72 holes at 2012 U.S. Senior Open
Jim Holtgrieve: Special exemption from the USGA
Ronald Kilby: 2011 USGA Senior Amateur quarterfinalist
Louis Lee: 2011 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Randal Lewis: 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Chip Lutz: 2011 USGA Senior Amateur semifinalist; 2010 USGA Senior Amateur semifinalist; 2012 British Senior Amateur champion; 2012 Canadian Senior Amateur champion; Ranked in top 500 of World Amateur Golf Ranking
George (Buddy) Marucci Jr.: 2008 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Philip Pleat: 2011 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up
Greg Reynolds: 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Mike Rice: 2005 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Kemp Richardson: 2003 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Paul Simson: 2010 USGA Senior Amateur champion; 2011 USGA Senior Amateur quarterfinalist
Patrick Tallent: 2010 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up
WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES: Among the benefits enjoyed by the USGA Senior Amateur winner are:
1) A gold medal and custody of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy for the ensuing year
2) An exemption from local qualifying at the next U.S. Open Championship
3) An exemption from sectional qualifying at the next U.S. Senior Open Championship, if still an amateur
4) An exemption from sectional qualifying at the next two U.S. Amateur Championships
5) An exemption from sectional qualifying at the next two U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships
6) An exemption from sectional qualifying at the next 10 USGA Senior Amateur Championships
7) An exemption from sectional qualifying at the next two U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, if otherwise eligible
THE TROPHY: The USGA Senior Amateur Championship Trophy was presented in 1955 by Frederick L. Dold of Wichita, Kan., who had retired from the USGA Executive Committee after five years of service.
THE USGA AT MOUNTAIN RIDGE C.C.: The 2012 USGA Senior Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted at Mountain Ridge Country Club.
NEW JERSEY AND THE USGA: The 2012 USGA Senior Amateur will be the 57th USGA championship conducted in New Jersey and the third of three championships contested in the state in 2012. The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (June 18-23) and the USGA Men’s Team State (Sept. 19-21) championships will also be held in New Jersey.
COURSE HISTORY: Mountain Ridge Country Club has previously hosted the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Met Open, Ike Championship and Met Amateur and the New Jersey State Golf Association’s PGA and Senior Amateur championships.
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Open (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact Nicole Ciaramella of the USGA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office phone number is (908) 234-2300, ext. 1294.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Brian DePasquale of USGA communications by cell phone at (908) 655-8395 or e-mail at email@example.com. DePasquale will be on-site at the championship beginning Sept. 27. For more information on the USGA, please visit www.usga.org. Media specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.