2012 U.S. Amateur Fact Sheet

 PAR AND YARDAGE: Cherry Hills Country Club will be set up at 7,409 yards and will play to a par of 35-36–71. The companion course, CommonGround Golf Course, will be set up at 7,378 yards and will play to a par of 36-34–70.

CHERRY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 35
Yardage       395      417      323      436      552      165      417      274       484      3,463 
 
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 36
Yardage 449 596 220 429 521 245 446 553 487 3,946

 

COMMONGROUND GOLF COURSE HOLE BY HOLE:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par  4 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 36
Yardage       485      144       636       458       508       184       534       349       394      3,692 
 
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 5 34
Yardage 436 508 216 469 227 501 498 241 590 3,686

ARCHITECTS: Cherry Hills Country Club was designed by William Flynn. The architect is best known for his redesign of Shinnecock Hills on Long Island. A native of Milton, Mass., Flynn competed in high school against friend Francis Ouimet, the 1913 U.S. Open and 1914 U.S. Amateur champion. CommonGround Golf Course was designed by Tom Doak.

COURSE AND SLOPE RATING: The USGA Course Rating for Cherry Hills Country Club will by 75.7. The Slope Rating will be 136. For CommonGround, the Course Rating will be 74.9 and the Slope Rating 138.

YARDAGE: At 7,409 yards, Cherry Hills Country Club is the fourth longest course in the history of the U.S. Amateur. Erin Hills played at 7,760 yards last year, while Chambers Bay played at 7,742 yards the previous year. In 2006, Hazeltine National Golf Club’s yardage was 7,473. This is the 15th time that a U.S. Amateur course has played to 7,000-plus yards. In 1962, Pinehurst No. 2 was the first course to be set up at more than 7,000 yards (7,051).

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to amateur golfers who hold a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. The USGA accepted 6,443 entires in 2012. Last year, the USGA accepted 6,256 entries. The record number of entrants is 7,920, in 1999.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was held between July 14 and Aug. 1. Entries closed on July 27.

TICKETS: Tickets are on sale at area King Soopers locations or online at www.TicketsWest.com. Daily tickets are available for $17.50 and a weekly ticket package is available for $85. Youths 17 years and younger receive free admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Please visit www.2012usamateur.com for more information.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 46 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Amateur based on past performances in USGA events or by being among the Top 50 points leaders in the World Amateur Golf Ranking:

Kevin Aylwin: 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up
Zachary Blair: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Julien Brun: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Maxwell Buckley: 2011 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist
Sebastian Cappelen: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Corey Conners: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Kenny Cook: 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up
Derek Ernst: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Edouard Espana: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Pedro Figueiredo: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Oliver Goss: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Ricardo Gouveia: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Shun Yat Hak: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Doug Hanzel: Low amateur at 2012 U.S. Senior Open
Jake Higginbottom: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Max Homa: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Beau Hossler: 2012 U.S. Open qualifier; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Jeffrey Kang: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Robert Karlsson: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Randal Lewis: 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Jim Liu: 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up
Hideki Matsuyama: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking; 2011 Asian Amateur champion
Daniel Nisbet: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Cheng-Tsung Pan: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Thomas Pieters: 2012 NCAA Division I individual champion; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Philip Pleat: 2011 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up
Patrick Rodgers: 2011 USA Walker Cup member; 2011 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Jordan Russell: 2011 U.S. Amateur semifinalist; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Alberto Sanchez: 2012 U.S. Open qualifier; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Marcel Schneider: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Nick Sherwood: 2012 U.S. Open qualifier; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Andy Hyeon Bo Shim: 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
Justin Shin: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Cameron Smith: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Nathan Smith: 2009 and 2011 USA Walker Cup member; 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Jordan Spieth: 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur champion; 2011 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist; 2011 USA Walker Cup member; 2012 U.S. Open qualifier; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Brandon Stone: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Julian Suri: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Ben Taylor: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Justin Thomas: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Sebastian Vazquez: 2012 Mexican Amateur champion
T.J. Vogel: 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Cory Whitsett: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Chris Williams: 2011 USA Walker Cup member; Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Bobby Wyatt: Top 50 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking
Andy Zhang: 2012 U.S. Open qualifier 

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled for Aug. 13 and 14, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 15 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole final match on Aug. 19.

Aug. 13 (Monday): Eighteen holes of stroke play qualifying
Aug. 14 (Tuesday): Eighteen holes of stroke play qualifying
Aug. 15 (Wednesday): First round of match play (18 holes)
Aug. 16 (Thursday): Second and third rounds of match play (18 holes each)
Aug. 17: (Friday): Quarterfinal round of match play (18 holes)
Aug. 18 (Saturday): Semifinal round of match play (18 holes)
Aug. 19 (Sunday): Championship match (36 holes)

THE WINNER RECEIVES: Among the benefits enjoyed by the U.S. Amateur winner are:

1. A gold medal and custody of the Havemeyer Trophy for the ensuing year
2. An exemption from local and sectional qualifying for the next U.S. Open, provided he is still an amateur
3. An exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Amateurs
4. An exemption from qualifying for the next British Open Championship
5. A likely invitation to the next Masters Tournament
6. An exemption from qualifying for the next 15 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, if eligible

TELEVISION COVERAGE: Both NBC and Golf Channel will broadcast match-play competition from the U.S. Amateur. Here are is the schedule:

August 15: Golf Channel, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (EDT), First round matches (Live)
August 16: Golf Channel, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (EDT), Third round matches (Live)
August 17: Golf Channel, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (EDT), Quarterfinal matches (Tape Delay)
August 18: NBC, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (EDT), Semifinal matches
August 19: NBC, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (EDT), Championship match

HISTORY: This is the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship. The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in this country, one day older than the U.S. Open. Except for an eight-year period, 1965-1972, when it was stroke play, the Amateur has been a match-play championship.

Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles. Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O'Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Trophy.

It was, however, legendary amateur Robert T. Jones Jr., who first attracted national media coverage and sparked spectator attendance at the U.S. Amateur. Jones captured the championship five times (1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930). His 1930 victory was a seminal moment in golf history when, at Merion Cricket Club in Ardmore, Pa., Jones completed the Grand Slam, winning the four major American and British championships in one year.

Sixty-six years later, in 1996, Tiger Woods attracted similar interest and enthusiasm at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., when he won a record third straight U.S. Amateur, having registered 18 consecutive match-play victories. In 1994, Woods, at 18, had first entered the record book as the youngest ever to win the Amateur Championship, following his three consecutive Junior Amateur titles (1991-1993). That record has since been broken twice, first by 17-year-old Danny Lee in 2008 at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., and then in 2009, when 17-year-old Byeong-Hun An won at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., with a 7-and-5 victory over Ben Martin, of Greenwood, S.C.

2011 CHAMPION: Kelly Kraft, 22, of Denton, Texas, defeated Patrick Cantlay, a 19-year-old from Los Alamitos, Calif., 2-up, at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.  With his victory, Kraft earned exemptions to the 2012 U.S. Open and British Open championships and a spot on the 2011 United States Walker Cup Team. For more information about the championship, go to http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474842238.

THE USGA AT CHERRY HILLS C.C.: The 2012 U.S. Amateur will be the ninth USGA championship conducted at Cherry Hills Country Club. Phil Mickelson won the 1990 Amateur at Cherry Hills by defeating Manny Zerman, 5 and 4. Cherry Hills C.C. is one of three courses to host the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open.  Winged Foot G.C. in Mamaroneck, N.Y. and Hazeltine National G.C. in Chaska, Minn. have also hosted all four USGA championships. Cherry Hills was also the venue for the 1941 and 1985 PGA Championships.

USGA Championships at Cherry Hills Country Club

U.S. Open (1938, 1960, 1978)
U.S. Amateur (1990)
U.S. Women’s Open (2005)
U.S. Senior Open (1993)
USGA Senior Amateur (1976)
U.S. Mid-Amateur (1983)

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN COLORADO: This will be the 31st USGA championship conducted in the state of Colorado, and the fourth U.S. Amateur.  In 2011, The Broadmoor hosted the U.S. Women’s Open.

U.S. Amateur Championships in Colorado

1959, The Broadmoor (Jack Nicklaus champion)
1967, The Broadmoor (Bob Dickson champion)
1990, Cherry Hills Country Club (Phil Mickelson champion)

FUTURE U.S. AMATEUR SITES:

Aug. 12-18, 2013 – The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
Aug. 11-17, 2014 – Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.
Aug. 17-23, 2015 – Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Ill.
Aug. 15-21, 2016 – Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.  

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE    The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Amateur (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact photorequests@usga.org.

PHONE NUMBER:USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact USGA Championship Communications (Pete Kowalski: by cell phone at (908) 216-8435 or email at pkowalski@usga.org; or Christina Lance: by cell at (908) 635-0414 or email at clance@usga.org). 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/.

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