2014 U.S. Amateur Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course will be set up at 7,490 yards and will play to a par of 35-36–71. The companion stroke-play qualifying course, Atlanta Athletic Club’s Riverside Course will be set up at 7,381 yards and will play to a par of 36-36–72. (All yardages subject to change)

HIGHLANDS COURSE HOLE BY HOLE:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 35
Yards        454      512      475      219      565      425      180      467       426      3,723 
 
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 36
Yards 442 457 551 366 451 260 476 207 557 3,767

 RIVERSIDE HOLE BY HOLE: 

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par  5 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 4 36
Yards        616      433       579       391       428       200       442       189       490      3,768 
 
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 36
Yards 400 172 464 534 397 438 420 219 569 3,613

 

ARCHITECTS: Both the Highlands and Riverside courses at the Atlanta Athletic Club opened in 1964 and were designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., with Jones receiving assistance on the Highlands Course from Joe Finger. Jones’ son, Rees, redesigned the Riverside Course in 2003 and three years later finished a redesign of the Highlands Course. Both courses will be used for stroke-play qualifying, with the Highlands hosting the match-play portion of the championship.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to amateur golfers who hold a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. The USGA accepted 6,803 entries for the 2014 championship, 200 fewer than in 2013. The record number of entrants is 7,920, in 1999.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes is scheduled between July 7-22 at 97 sites throughout the country. Entries closed on June 25.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: A field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 11-12 on each of the two qualifying courses, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 13 and the championship concludes with a 36-hole championship match on Aug. 17. Here is the schedule:

Monday, Aug. 11: First round of stroke-play qualifying (18 holes)
Tuesday, Aug. 12: Second round of stroke-play qualifying (18 holes)
Wednesday, Aug. 13: First round of match play
Thursday, Aug. 14: Second and third rounds of match play
Friday, Aug. 15: Quarterfinal round of match play
Saturday, Aug. 16: Semifinal round of match play
Sunday, Aug. 17: Championship match (36 holes)

TICKETS: Spectators can purchase tickets for individual rounds ($20) or for all nine days, including the two practice rounds, for $75. Click here to buy tickets. 

TELEVISION COVERAGE: Golf Channel and NBC will broadcast 10 hours of golf from the 2014 U.S. Amateur. Here is the schedule:

Date/Day Time (EDT) Network Program
Aug. 13 (Wednesday) 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel First Round Matches
Aug. 14 (Thursday) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Golf Channel Second, Third Round Matches
Aug. 15 (Friday) 8:30-10:30 p.m. Golf Channel Quarterfinal Matches
Aug. 16 (Saturday) 4-6 p.m. NBC Semifinal Matches
Aug. 17 (Sunday) 4-6 p.m. NBC Championship Match

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

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 56 golfers are currently exempt into the 2014 U.S. Amateur based on past performances in USGA championships or other elite amateur competitions. Players can also be exempt for being among the top 50 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of the close of entries on June 25. Here are those players:

Adam Ball (2013 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Julien Brun (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Brian Campbell (2014 U.S. Open qualifier; Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Austin Connelly (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Corey Conners (2013 U.S. Amateur semifinalist; Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Emilio Cuartero (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Bryson Dechambeau (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Andrew Dorn (2014 U.S. Open qualifier)
Zecheng Dou (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Nicolas Echavarria (2014 Mexican Amateur champion)
Jarryd Felton (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Dominic Foos (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Grant Forrest (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Mario Galiano (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Doug Ghim (2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up)
Gavin Green (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Will Grimmer (2014 U.S. Open qualifier)
Douglas Hanzel (2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Lucas Herbert (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Paul Howard (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Stewart Jolly (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Kyle Jones (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Zander Lombard (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Taylor Macdonald (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Jack Maguire (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Brandon Matthews (2013 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist)
Denny McCarthy (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Michael McCoy (2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion)
Brandon McIver (2014 U.S. Open qualifier)
Maverick McNealy (2014 U.S. Open qualifier)
Byron Meth (2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion)
Jimmy Mullen (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Bradley Neil (2014 British Amateur champion; Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Jordan Niebrugge (2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion; 2013 USA Walker Cup member; Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Cheng-Tsung Pan (Completed 72 holes at 2013 U.S. Open; Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Taylor Pendrith (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Guillermo Pereira (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Rhys Pugh (2011 and 2013 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup member)
Jon Rahm (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Seth Reeves (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Roman Robledo (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Ryan Ruffels (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Xander Schauffele (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Scottie Scheffler (2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion; 2013 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist; Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Oliver Schniederjans (Top 50 in  World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Robby Shelton (2014 U.S. Open qualifier; Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Todd Sinnott (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Jordan Smith (2013 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup member; Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Nathan Smith (2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion; 2011 and 2013 USA Walker Cup member)
Hunter Stewart (2014 U.S. Open qualifier)
Adam Svensson (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Toby Tree (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Scott Vincent (Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Todd White (2013 USA Walker Cup member)
Bill Williamson (2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up)

HISTORY: This is the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship. The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in America, one day older than the U.S. Open. Other than an eight-year period from 1965-1972, when it was contested at 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, Gene Littler, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O'Meara, Hal Sutton, Matt Kuchar, 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 and 1930). His 1930 victory was a landmark 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, 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 U.S. Amateur, following his three consecutive Junior Amateur titles (1991-1993). That record for youngest champion 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.

2013 CHAMPION: Matthew Fitzpatrick, 18, of England, curled in a par putt on the 33rd hole to clinch a 4-and-3 decision over Oliver Goss, 19, of Australia, to win the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman since 1911 to hoist the Havemeyer Trophy as U.S. Amateur champion. Harold Hilton won the championship 102 years ago at The Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y. Fitzpatrick also joined a group of English players who have won recent USGA championships, including 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.

For more details go to: http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474859343.

USGA AT ATLANTA ATHLETIC CLUB: This will be the sixth USGA championship conducted at the Atlanta Athletic Club and the first since the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur, won by Charlie Beljan. The club also hosted the 1976 U.S. Open (Pate) and 1990 U.S Women’s Open (Betsy King). Here are the USGA championships hosted by the Atlanta Athletic Club:

1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur (East Lake Course): Beverly Hanson def. Mae Murray, 6 and 4
1976 U.S. Open (Highlands Course): Jerry Pate won by two strokes over Tom Weiskopf and Al Geiberger, 277-279
1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur (Highlands Course): Michael Podolak def. Bob Lewis Jr., 5 and 4
1990 U.S. Women’s Open (Riverside Course): Betsy King won by one stroke over Patty Sheehan, 284-285
2002 U.S. Junior Amateur (Highlands Course): Charlie Beljan def. Zac Reynolds, 20 holes

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ATLANTA ATHLETIC CLUB

1963 Ryder Cup Match (East Lake Course): USA def. Great Britain, 23-9

OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CLUB

1981 PGA Championship: Larry Nelson won by four strokes over Fuzzy Zoeller, 273-277
2001 PGA Championship: David Toms won by one stroke over Phil Mickelson, 265-266
2011 PGA Championship: Keegan Bradley def. Jason Dufner in aggregate playoff, 272-3-3-4-272-4-4-3
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN GEORGIA: This will be the 27th USGA championship conducted in Georgia and the second U.S. Amateur. The 2001 U.S. Amateur, won by Bubba Dickerson, was conducted at East Lake Golf Club, which used to be the Atlanta Athletic Club before it was sold in 1965.

Previous USGA Championships in Georgia (26):

1948 U.S. Amateur Public Links: North Fulton Park Golf Course (Michael R. Ferentz)
1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Atlanta Athletic Club’s East Lake Course (Beverly Hanson)
1951 U.S. Women’s Open: Druid Hills Golf Club (Betsy Rawls)
1963 U.S. Senior Amateur: Sea Island Golf Club (Merrill L. Carlsmith)
1968 U.S. Senior Amateur: Atlanta Country Club (Curtis Person Sr.)
1970 U.S. Junior Amateur: Athens Country Club (Gary Koch)
1971 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Augusta Country Club (Hollis Stacy)
1971 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Atlanta Country Club (Laura Baugh)
1971 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Sea Island Golf Club (Carolyn Cudone)
1976 U.S. Open: Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course (Jerry Pate)
1980 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Sea Island Golf Club (Dorothy Porter)
1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur: Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course (Michael Podolak)
1985 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Sheraton Savannah Resort & Country Club (Marlene Stewart Streit)
1988 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Sea Island Golf Club (Lois Hodge)
1989 Walker Cup Match: Peachtree Golf Club (Great Britain & Ireland)
1990 U.S. Women’s Open: Atlanta Athletic Club’s Riverside Course (Betsy King)
1994 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Sea Island Golf Club (Marlene Stewart Streit)
1999 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: Cherokee Town & Country Club (Alissa Herron)
2000 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Sea Island Golf Club (Carol Semple Thompson)
2001 U.S. Amateur: East Lake Golf Club (Ben “Bubba” Dickerson)
2001 Walker Cup Match: Ocean Forest Golf Club (Great Britain & Ireland)
2002 U.S. Junior Amateur: Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course (Charlie Beljan)
2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur: Sea Island Golf Club (Austin Eaton III)
2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Ansley Golf Club (Morgan Pressel)
2005 U.S. Senior Amateur: The Farm Golf Course (Mike Rice)
2006 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Sea Island Golf Club (Diane Lang)

FUTURE U.S. AMATEUR SITES                    

Aug. 17-23, 2015 – Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Ill.
Aug. 15-21, 2016 – Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Aug. 14-20, 2017 – Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Aug. 13-19, 2018 – Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

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.

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact USGA Championship Communications (Pete Kowalski: by cell phone at (908) 216-8435 or email at pkowalski@usga.org; or Brian DePasquale: by cell phone at (908) 655-8395 or email at bdepasquale@usga.org).

Media-specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/Media-Center/Media-Center.

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