2014 U.S. Amateur Fact Sheet

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PAR AND YARDAGE

Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course) (http://www.atlantaathleticclub.org/) will be set up at 7,490/7,428 yards and will play to a par of 35-36–71. The Highlands Course will host all match-play rounds. 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

 

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE

Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating™ for the Highlands Course at Atlanta A.C. is 77.2 and its Slope Rating® is 153. The Course Rating for the Riverside Course is 76.8 and its Slope Rating is 143.

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 in 2014. The record number of entrants is 7,920, in 1999.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING

Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes at 97 sites around the country, was held between July 7-22. The deadline for entries was June 25.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY  

A field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 11 and 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

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 victory 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 103 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.

THE 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).

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT 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 ATLANTA 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 to 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, the former home of 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)

TELEVISION COVERAGE

NBC and Golf Channel will air coverage of the match-play portion of the competition from Aug. 13-17.

Date                Time                           Network

Aug. 13            4-6 p.m.                       Golf Channel (first round)

Aug. 14            6:30-8:30 p.m.             Golf Channel (second and third rounds)

Aug. 15            8:30-10:30 p.m.           Golf Channel (Quarterfinals)

Aug. 16            4-6 p.m.                       NBC (Semifinals)

Aug. 17            4-6                               NBC (Championship – live)

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.    

EXEMPT PLAYERS

A total of 59 golfers are currently exempt from qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship based on past performances in USGA championships. Other golfers became exempt based on their standing in the top 50 World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR) as of June 25 or performances in other major amateur competitions. The remainder of the field entered through 36-hole sectional qualifying at 97 sites across the USA. The USGA is holding a place in the field for the winner of the 2014 Canadian Amateur, which concludes on Aug. 7. The players currently exempt are:

Adam Ball (Quarterfinalist in 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship)
James Beale (2014 Canadian Amateur champion)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Top 50 WAGR)

Julien Brun (Top 50 WAGR)

Brian Campbell (Top 50 WAGR)

Austin Connelly (Top 50 WAGR)

Corey Conners (Semifinalist in 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship)

Emilio Cuartero (Top 50 WAGR)

Bryson Dechambeau (Top 50 WAGR)

Andrew Dorn (qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open)

Zecheng Dou (Top 50 WAGR)

Nicolas Echavarria (Winner of 2014 Mexican Amateur)

Jarryd Felton (Top 50 WAGR)

Dominic Foos (Top 50 WAGR)

Grant Forrest (Top 50 WAGR)

Mario Galiano Aguilar (Top 50 WAGR)

Doug Ghim (2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up)

Gavin Kyle Green (Top 50 WAGR)

Will Grimmer (qualified for 2014 U.S. Open)

Doug Hanzel (Winner of the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship)

Lucas Herbert (Top 50 WAGR)

Paul Howard (Top 50 WAGR)

Stewart Jolly (Top 50 WAGR)

Kyle Jones (Top 50 WAGR)

Zander Lombard (Top 50 WAGR)

Taylor Macdonald (Top 50 WAGR)

Jack Maguire (Top 50 WAGR)

Brandon Matthews (Quarterfinalist in 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship)

Denny McCarthy (Top 50 WAGR)

Michael McCoy (Winner of the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship)

Brandon McIver (qualified for 2014 U.S. Open)

Maverick McNealy (qualified for 2014 U.S. Open)

Byron Meth (Winner of the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship)

Jimmy Mullen (Top 50 WAGR)

Bradley Neil (Top 50 WAGR; Winner of the 2014 British Amateur Championship)

Jordan Niebrugge (Winner of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship)

Cheng-Tsung Pan (Played 72 holes at 2013 U.S. Open)

Taylor Pendrith (Top 50 WAGR)

Guillermo Pereira (Top 50 WAGR)

Rhys Pugh (Played on the 2013 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Team)

Jon Rahm-Rodriguez (Top 50 WAGR)

Seth Reeves (Top 50 WAGR)

Davis Riley (2014 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up)

Roman Robledo (Top 50 WAGR)

Ryan Ruffels (Top 50 WAGR)

Xander Schauffele (Top 50 WAGR)

Scottie Scheffler (Winner of the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship)

Oliver Schniederjans (Top 50 WAGR)

Robby Shelton (Top 50 WAGR)

Todd Sinnott (Top 50 WAGR)

Jordan Smith (Played on the 2013 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Team)

Nathan Smith (Winner of the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship)

Hunter Stewart (qualified for 2014 U.S. Open)

Adam Svensson (Top 50 WAGR)

Toby Tree (Top 50 WAGR)

Scott Vincent (Top 50 WAGR)

Todd White (Played on the 2013 United States Walker Cup Team)

Bill Williamson (Runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship)

Will Zalatoris (2014 U.S. Junior Amateur champion)

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). For more information on the USGA, please visit www.usga.org. Media-specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/Media-Center/Media-Center.

Online credential applications can be accessed at: https://mediacredentials.usga.org/media/index.aspx

Media Center phone: 908-326-1201

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