The USGA has made it official, the latest winners in the U.S. Amateur derby is the Pinehurst Resort for 2019 and the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort for 2020.
Pinehurst was not actually a secret and was expected, as reported here back in February.
The “Home of American Golf” Pinehurst, is now complete with nine courses. The 2019 U.S. Amateur as it was in 2008 when Danny Lee was the champion, will be contested again on the famed course No.2 and for the stroke play rounds on course No.8. the championship will be played from August 12-18. It will be Pinehurst’s 10 USGA championship hosted, and it’s third U.S. Amateur.
“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at both Pinehurst and Bandon Dunes, two proven partners in supporting and advancing amateur competition,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We are confident these reknown courses will again provide a worthy test and an enjoyable experience for all when they host the world’s top amateur players in 2019 and 2020.”
“We are pleased to welcome the USGA’s oldest championship to Pinehurst once again in 2019,” said Robert Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort & Country Club CEO and owner. “As long as there has been golf at Pinehurst, we have celebrated the contributions amateurs have made to the game. To serve as the site of the U.S. Amateur will be an especially proud moment for Pinehurst, and it reflects the passion for amateur golf we share with the USGA.”
The 2020 U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes will be the sixth USGA Championship at the resort since 2006, that includes this weeks inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur. Bandon Dunes has four 18 hole courses, Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old Macdonald. The two courses that will be used will be named at a later date.
“We are honored and delighted to host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and look forward to adding to the storied history of this special championship,” said Mike Keiser, owner and founder of Bandon Dunes. “Amateur golf-both competitive and recreational-has been at the heart of Bandon Dunes since it’s inception, particularly the Old Macdonald course, which was constructed as homage to Charles Blair Macdonald who fittingly won the very first U.S. Amateur Championship at Newport Golf Club in 1895.”
The U.S. Amateur is open to all amateur golfers whose handicap does not exceed 2.4. Upcoming U.S. Amateur Championships will be played Olympia Fields this August, in 2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills Mich., Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades Calif., and 2018 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach Calif.
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