The 2013 US Amateur Championship will take place Aug. 14-18 at The Country Club in Brookline. The tournament is considered the premier event for amateur golfers in the world, and many of its champions have gone on to successful professional golf careers. The 2013 US Amateur will be a par-70, match-play tournament. Next
The Country Club in Brookline is one of the oldest country clubs in the United States and one of the founding member clubs of the US Golf Association, along with Newport Country Club, Shinnecock Hills, Chicago Golf Club, and St. Andrews Golf Club (of Yonkers, N.Y.). A shining moment for The Country Club — as well as for golf in the US — came in 1913, when 20-year-old local amateur Francis Ouimet (pictured here, center) defeated British professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray — considered two of the greatest golfers in the world — to win the US Open. Ouimet was the first amateur to win the Open.
The US Amateur is returning to The Country Club on the 100th anniversary of Ouimet’s victory.
Other notable USGA championships at The Country Club include the 1910, 1922, 1934, 1957, and 1982 US Amateurs, as well as the 1963 and 1988 US Opens. Next
The Country Club will be set up at 7,310 yards and play to a par of 34-36—70. Some notable holes include the first (shown here), a 490-yard par 4; the ninth, a 505-yard par 4; the 12th, a 623-yard par 5; and the 14th, a 508-yard par 4. The first six golf holes were created in 1893, nine years after the club’s founding, and the first 18-hole course was completed in 1899.
Modern architect Rees Jones remodeled the course in preparation for the 1988 US Open, which saw Curtis Strange win the championship in a playoff over Nick Faldo.
The Country Club currently features 27 total holes, split into three nine-hole courses: the Clyde, Squirrel, and Primrose. The 18-hole main championship course takes most of its holes from the Clyde and Squirrel courses, with 3½ holes coming from the Primrose. Next
History and past winners
Over the history of US golf, the US Amateur has been a steppingstone for players who are looking to make the jump from successful young golfer to eventual professional. Since the USGA’s founding in 1894, the US Amateur has been one of its premier tournaments of the year, along with the US Open, US Women’s Open, and US Women’s Amateur. The winner of the US Amateur is presented with and has his name engraved on the Havemeyer Trophy. Previous winners include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.
One of the most famous players to win the US Amateur was Bobby Jones, who won five titles from 1924-30, including a 1930 season in which he won the US and British Amateurs, as well as the US Open and British Open, completing the “Grand Slam.”
Another player who gained considerable fame from the US Amateur was Woods, who won three straight from 1994-96, en route to turning professional in August 1996. Woods went on to win the Masters in his first chance as a pro in 1997. Next
Players to watch: Steven Fox
Steven Fox is the defending US Amateur champion, having won the 2012 championship at Cherry Hills Country Club just outside Denver. Fox came from two down with two holes to play to force a playoff with Michael Weaver. Fox won on the 37th hole, sinking an 18-foot birdie putt to become the lowest-seeded player (63d) to win the US Amateur.
Fox, whose alma mater is the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, earned automatic entry into the 2013 US Open and British Opens, and was invited to play in the 2013 Masters. Next
Players to watch: Michael Kim
Michael Kim was the No. 1-ranked player in the NCAA for most of the 2013 season and won the Jack Nicklaus Award as National Player of the Year. He was part of a University of California team that also featured Michael Weaver and Max Homa and made it to the NCAA Division 1 semifinals. All three qualified for and played in the US Open.
Kim had an especially strong performance in the Open; he was in eighth place entering the weekend and found himself tied for third after 51 holes — on the same leaderboard as Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel, and Phil Mickelson. He would finish 17th, the third-best finish by an amateur at the Open in 30 years. Next
Players to watch: Michael Weaver
Michael Weaver was runner-up at the 2012 US Amateur, losing a hard-fought battle with Steven Fox. Weaver, who got into the finals by defeating 2012 NCAA Player of the Year Justin Thomas in the semifinals, was 2 up with two to play in the final. With a chance to win the championship on the 36th hole, Weaver missed a 5-foot par putt, forcing a playoff, which he lost.
Despite his heartbreaking loss, Weaver was invited to play in the 2013 Masters as well as the 2013 US Open, in which he made the cut and finished 64th. Weaver played at the University of California, and was the first Cal player to play in the Masters while still in school. Next
Players to watch: Max Homa
Max Homa won the 2013 NCAA Division 1 individual championship, playing on a University of California team that was ranked No. 1 in the country and reached the NCAA semifinals. He won the individual title with a 9-under-par performance through 54 holes, finishing with a three-shot lead on six other players. He qualified for the 2013 US Open, in which he was 11 over par through 36 holes, missing the cut by three strokes. His Cal teammates Michael Weaver and Michael Kim also played in the US Open. Next
Players to watch: Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas will be playing in his final US Amateur, as he has announced that he will turn pro in September. Thomas was the 2012 college National Player of the Year and a favorite going into the 2012 US Amateur. But he was upset in the semifinals by Michael Weaver.
At the University of Alabama, he helped the Crimson Tide win the 2013 NCAA Division 1 national championship.
He recently finished 30th at the PGA Travelers Championship, shooting 3 under par for the tournament. He also played in the PGA John Deere Classic in July, shooting 3 under par for two rounds but missing the cut. In addition to finishing as a semifinalist in the 2012 US Amateur, Thomas was also a member of the 2012 USA World Amateur Team. Next
Future US Amateur sites
The US Amateur has a history of touring around to clubs in different parts of the country, every year showcasing the next wave of young talent to the golfing world. Future sites include Atlanta Athletic Club (shown here hosting the 2011 PGA Championship) in Johns Creek, Ga., for 2014; Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympic Fields, Ill., for 2015; Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., for 2016; Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., for 2107; and the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., for 2018. Next
Tickets for the event are available at 2013usamateur.com. Daily tickets are available for $25 and weekly packages are available for $85. Special weekly passes that include premium commemorative items are available for $250 and $500. Up to three children 17 and younger receive free admission with a ticketed adult. Daily tickets for championship week will be sold at the gate for $30. Next
How to follow
Boston.com live blog will feature Globe reporters’ live updates and commentary and Tweets from other top golf media members: http://live.boston.com/Event/2013_US_Amateur_Golf_Championship_live_blog
The official website for the 2013 US Amateur Championship: http://www.usga.org/ChampEventSite.aspx?id=17179869326
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