PAR AND YARDAGE: Sand Creek Station Golf Course will be set up at 7,365 yards and will play to a par of 36-35—71. (Note: yardages subject to change)
SAND CREEK STATION GOLF COURSE HOLE BY HOLE:
ARCHITECT: Designed by Jeff Brauer, Sand Creek Station, which opened in 2006, features replicas of famous holes, including the Road Hole at St. Andrews and the “Redan” from North Berwick. The 16th at Sand Creek, which once sat adjacent to the railway, looks like the famous 17 th at St. Andrews, while No. 12, plays similarly to another famous Redan hole, No. 4 at The National Golf Links of America.
WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2014, have been bona fide public-course players and who hold a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4.
ENTRIES: A total of 2,848 entries were accepted for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links, 72 fewer than in 2013. The record of 6,300 was set in 1998. Entries for this year’s championship closed on May 28.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be held between June 7-25 at 71 sites across the country.
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. Practice rounds will be held July 12-13.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY:
Monday, July 14 – First round, stroke play
Tuesday, July 15 – Second round, stroke play
Wednesday, July 16 – First round, match play
Thursday, July 17 – Second and third rounds, match play
Friday, July 18 – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
Saturday, July 19 – Championship final, match play (36 holes)
2013 CHAMPION: Jordan Niebrugge, of Mequon, Wis., a rising sophomore at Oklahoma State, held off a late charge from Michael Kim for a 1-up victory at the 7,022-yard, par-70 Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. Both Niebrugge and Kim, the low amateur at the 2013 U.S. Open, would be teammates on the victorious USA Walker Cup Team in September.
For more details, visit: http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474858066.
EXEMPT PLAYERS: At the close of entries, 11 golfers were exempt from qualifying based on past performances in USGA championships, other elite amateur competitions or by being among the top 75 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
Kyle Beversdorf (2012 APL semifinalist)
Charlie Danielson (Top 75 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Bryson Dechambeau (Top 75 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Zecheng Dou (2013 APL quarterfinalist; Top 75 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Gavin Green (Top 75 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Kyle Henning (2013 APL quarterfinalist)
Sam Horsfield (Top 75 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Jack Maguire (Top 75 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Brandon Matthews (2013 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist)
Jordan Niebrugge (2012 APL champion; 2013 USA Walker Cup Team; Top 75 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Austin Smotherman (2013 APL quarterfinalist)
WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES:
A gold medal and custody of the James D. Standish Trophy for the ensuing year
Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Amateurs
Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Mid-Amateurs, if age-eligible
Exemptions from qualifying for the next two USGA Senior Amateurs, if age-eligible
Exemptions from local qualifying for the next three U.S. Opens, if amateur status is still intact
A likely invitation to the next Masters Tournament
TICKETS: Admission to the APL is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.
HISTORY: This is the 89th and final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, as the USGA is retiring the competition, which began in 1922. The championship has been an unqualified success since its inception, 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, 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.
KANSAS AND THE USGA: The 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links will be the 21st USGA championship to be conducted in Kansas. It will also be the first APL ever held in the state. This will also be the first USGA championship conducted at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.
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 the USGA’s photo archive department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
APL Media Center – TBD
USGA CONTACTS: Michael Trostel and Hunki Yun will be the USGA media representatives on site at Laurel Hill. Trostel can be reached via email at email@example.com. Yun can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media-specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.