2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Fast FactsOld Chatham Golf Club, Durham, N.C.

Sean Knapp won the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur in his first year of eligibility and then reached the final match in 2018. (USGA/Chris Keane)
   
Championship Venue Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham, N.C.
Opened 2001
Architect Rees Jones
Dates of Championship August 24-29
Yardage/Par 7,130 yards/par 72 (Subject to change)
Hole by Hole (Subject to change)
Hole 1:
577 yards (par 5)
Hole 2: 178 yards (par 3)
Hole 3: 365 yards (par 4)
Hole 4: 447 yards (par 4)
Hole 5: 424 yards (par 4)
Hole 6: 560 yards (par 5)
Hole 7: 220 yards (par 3)
Hole 8: 365 yards (par 4)
Hole 9: 386 yards (par 4)
OUT: 3,522 yards (par 36)
Hole 10:
367 yards (par 4)
Hole 11: 622 yards (par 5)
Hole 12: 212 yards (par 3)
Hole 13: 448 yards (par 4)
Hole 14: 510 yards (par 5)
Hole 15: 442 yards (par 4)
Hole 16: 362 yards (par 4)
Hole 17: 182 yards (par 3)
Hole 18: 463 yards (par 4)
IN: 3,608 yards (par 36)
TOTAL: 7,130 yards (par 72)
Field Size 156 players
Entries Accepted 2,466 (second-most in championship history)
Sectional Qualifying Qualifying took place from July 15-Aug. 5 at 49 sites around the country
Eligibility Open to any golfer who is 55 years of age as of August 24 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 7.4
Exempt Players (28) Stewart (Buddy) Alexander (1986 U.S. Amateur champion)
Gianluca Bulla (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Craig Davis (2018 U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinalist; 2019 Senior Amateur conducted by The R&A champion)
Keith Decker (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Gene Elliott (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Brady Exber (2018 Canadian Senior Amateur champion; Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Trevor Foster (2018 Senior Amateur champion conducted by The R&A)
Marvin (Vinny) Giles (2009 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Randy Haag (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Jack Hall (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Doug Hanzel (2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion; Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Tim Jackson (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Ken Kinkopf (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Sean Knapp (2017 U.S. Senior Amateur champion; 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up; Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Louis Lee (2011 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Chip Lutz (2015 U.S. Senior Amateur champion; 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist)
George (Buddy) Marucci (Special Exemption from the USGA)
Michael McCoy (2018 U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist; Playing member of 2015 USA Walker Cup Team)
Joe Palmer (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Jerry Rose (2018 U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinalist)
Bob Royak (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Dave Ryan (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur champion; 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist)
Paul Simson (2010 and 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur champion; 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up; Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Matt Sughrue (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up; Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Frank Vana (2017 U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist)
Pete Williams (Top 15 age-eligible points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Jeff Wilson (2018 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Ned Zachar (2018 U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinalist)
2018 Championship Jeff Wilson, 55, of Fairfield, Calif., became the first medalist in 31 years to claim the U.S. Senior Amateur title with a 2-and-1 victory over defending champion Sean Knapp, 56, of Oakmont, Pa., in the 18-hole championship match at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. To read more, click here.
Quoatable "I think Sean said it best [at the prize ceremony], it’s really hard to win one of these things. First you’ve got to get over yourself and then you have to beat the guy playing with you. And it’s difficult. I always thought I was good enough to be a USGA champion, but I never put the work in. And that shows up when the matches are on the line. This year, I put the work in.” -- Jeff Wilson
Notable Events at Old Chatham Golf Club 2009 North Carolina Amateur (Mark McMillen)
2014 North Carolina Mid-Amateur (Joe Jaspers)
Did You Know? Legendary University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith and former USGA president Jim Hyler were among the founding members of Old Chatham Golf Club.
Notable U.S. Senior Amateur Champions J. Wood Platt (1955); J. Clark Espie (1957, 1959); Dexter Daniels (1961, 1966); Gene Andrews (1970); Lewis W. Oehmig (1972, 1976, 1985); Dale Morey (1974, 1977); William C. Campbell (1979-80); Ed Updegraff (1981); William Hyndman III (1983); John Richardson (1987); O. Gordon Brewer (1994, 1996); Bill Shean Jr. (1998, 2000); Kemp Richardson (2001, 2003); Stan Lee (2007); George “Buddy” Marucci (2008); Marvin “Vinny” Giles (2009); Paul Simson (2010, 2012); Louis Lee (2011); Pat Tallent (2014); Chip Lutz (2015); Sean Knapp (2017); Jeff Wilson (2018)
Notable U.S. Senior Amateur Runners-Up J. Clark Espie (1956); Ernest Pieper Jr. (1971-72); Lewis W. Oehmig (1974, 1977, 1979); Dale Morey (1981); Ed Updegraff (1982); Richard Runkle (1983-84); John Harbottle (1986); George Zahringer (2008); Pat Tallent (2010); Bryan Norton (2014); Paul Simson (2017); Sean Knapp (2018)
Schedule of Play Saturday, Aug. 24 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Sunday, Aug. 25 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Monday, Aug. 26 (Round of 64, match play)
Tuesday, Aug. 27 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Wednesday, Aug. 28 (Quarterfinals/Semifinals, match play)
Thursday, Aug. 30 (Championship Match, 18 holes)
Match-Play Cut The low 64 scorers following stroke play will qualify for match play. If necessary, a playoff will be conducted to determine the final match-play spots.
Future Sites 2020: Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Aug. 29-Sept. 3
2021: The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn/Aug. 28-Sept. 2
2022: The Kittansett Club, Marion, Mass./Aug. 27-Sept. 1
   

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