2019 USGA Senior Amateur Championship
The USGA has selected Old Chatham as the host site for the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. The Senior Amateur, to be contested August 24-29, 2019, is a significant milestone for the region, as it will be the first USGA Championship ever held in the Triangle.
The U.S. Senior Amateur was inaugurated in 1955. Entries were open to golfers age 55 and over who had a Handicap Index not exceeding 10. The addition of the U.S. Senior Amateur gave the USGA twice as many championships as it had conducted before World War II, when there were just four: the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, and U.S. Women’s Amateur, all started in 1895, and U.S. Amateur Public Links (1922). From World War II through 1955, the USGA added four championships: the U.S. Junior Amateur (1948), U.S. Girls’ Junior (1949), U.S. Women’s Open (1953) and U.S. Senior Amateur (1955). The USGA now conducts 13 national championships, 10 of which are exclusively for amateurs.
The first U.S. Senior Amateur, at Belle Meade Country Club, in Nashville, Tenn., received 370 entries from 30 states and the District of Columbia. J. Wood Platt, 56, an eight-time Philadelphia Amateur champion, defeated George Studinger, of San Francisco, Calif., 5 and 4 in the final.
In 1959, J. Clark Espie, who had won in 1957, became the U.S. Senior Amateur’s first two-time champion. Lewis W. Oehmig, a record six-time finalist, is the only three-time champion (1972, 1976, 1985). Oehmig is also credited as the oldest U.S. Senior Amateur champion, winning the title in 1985 at age 69.
A total of 14 players have won the championship multiple times, most recently Paul Simson (2010, 2012). Three players have won the championship in consecutive years, most recently William C. Campbell in 1979 and 1980.
WHO CAN ENTER
The U.S. Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateurs who will have reached their 55th birthday by Aug. 24 and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4.
FUTURE U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR SITES
Aug. 25-30, 2018: Eugene (Ore.) Country Club
Aug. 24-29, 2019: Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham, N.C.
Aug. 29- Sep. 3, 2020: Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Aug. 28- Sep. 2, 2021: The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.
Aug. 27- Sep. 1, 2022: The Kittansett Club, Marion, Mass.
WHAT THE CHAMPION RECEIVES
A gold medal and custody of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy for the ensuing year.
An exemption from local qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Open Championship
An exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship, if still an amateur
An exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Amateur Championships
An exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships
An exemption from sectional qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Senior Amateur Championships
USGA CHAMPIONS COMPETING IN THE 2017 U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR
Stewart “Buddy” Alexander, 1986 U.S. Amateur
Marvin “Vinny” Giles, 1972 U.S. Amateur; 2009 U.S. Senior Amateur
Doug Hanzel, 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur
Tim Jackson, 1994 and 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Chip Lutz, 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur
George “Buddy” Marucci Jr., 2008 U.S. Senior Amateur
Michael Podolak, 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Dave Ryan, 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur
Paul Simson, 2010 and 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur
Patrick Tallent, 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur
George Zahringer, 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur