The U.S. Amateur Championship revisits The Country Club in August for a record sixth time, in concert with the 100-year anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s improbable and historic victory at the U.S. Open Championship.
Tickets for the competition, at which 2012 winner Steven Fox hopes to defend his title, are on sale now at 2013usamateur.com.
When The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass., hosts this year’s event, it will mark the 16th USGA championship on the 7,310-yard, par-70 course, which was one of five founding member clubs of the USGA. After two days of stroke-play qualifying rounds (August 12-August 13) at Charles River Country Club (6,574 yards/par-69) in neighboring Newton, the field of 312 players will be cut to the low 64 scores. Six rounds of match play begin on August 14 and the tourney will conclude with a 36-hole championship match on August 18.
The winner receives a raft of benefits, including his name etched on a trophy that boasts the names of legends like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus; a probable invitation to the following year’s Masters Tournament; and exemptions from:
- Local and sectional qualifying for the next U.S. Open
- Qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Amateur Championships
- Qualifying for the next British Open Championship
Daily ticket prices are $25 online ($30 at the gate), with weekly ticket packages available for $85. Check out the USGA site for additional ticket packages.
In 1913, Ouimet, then a 20-year-old amateur, beat British golf professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff. The win by Ouimet, with 10-year-old caddie Eddie Lowery on his bag, was the first time an amateur won the U.S. Open.
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