VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (May 12, 2015) –The United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday that it has selected Pinehurst Resort and Country Club as the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Aug. 12-18, 2019.
The 2019 championship will mark the third time Pinehurst has hosted the U.S. Amateur. Labron Harris Jr. won the 1962 U.S. Amateur while Danny Lee was victorious when the championship returned in 2008.
Both Pinehurst No. 8 and Pinehurst No. 2 will be used for stroke-play qualifying whileNo. 2 will be used for match play to determine the champion.
“We are pleased to welcome the USGA’s oldest championship to Pinehurst once again in 2019,” said Robert Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort and Country Club CEO and Owner. “For as long as there has been golf at Pinehurst, we have celebrated the amateur’s contribution 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.”
Labron Harris Jr. reacts to winning the 1962 U.S. Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives)
Pinehurst No. 2, the venerable Donald Ross design, was restored by the team of Coore and Crenshaw in 2010. The course has served as the site of more single golf championships than any destination in America, and in 2014, became the first course to serve as the host of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks. The 2019 U.S. Amateur will be the 10th USGA championship to be hosted by the club and the ninth since 1989, more than any other site in the United States. Pinehurst will also serve as host to the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, a proven partner in supporting USGA championships,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We are confident this renowned course will once again provide a worthy test and an enjoyable experience for all when it hosts the world’s top amateur players for a third time in 2019.”
Danny Lee triumphed at Pinehurst in the 2008 U.S. Amateur.
Pinehurst has a long and storied history with amateur championships, hosting the North and South Men’s Amateur since 1901 and the North and South Women’s Amateur since 1903. Past winners of the North and South Amateur include many of the USGA’s greatest champions, including Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Harvie Ward, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton and Corey Pavin.
“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, a proven partner in supporting USGA championships.” Diana Murphy, USGA
“Pinehurst celebrates amateur golf every day,” said Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “It’s an honor and a privilege to do so on the world stage by hosting the 2019 U.S. Amateur. We take great pride in our relationship with the USGA and will have hosted 10 national championships at the conclusion of the U.S. Amateur. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of our dedicated members and volunteers, the Village of Pinehurst and the state of North Carolina.”
Pinehurst No. 2 is the only course to have hosted all five of the USGA’s most important events: U.S. Open (1999, 2005, 2014), U.S. Women’s Open (2014), U.S. Amateur (1962, 2008, 2019), U.S. Women’s Amateur (1989) and U.S. Senior Open (1994).
The 14th hole of Pinehurst No. 8.
The U.S. Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted on No. 8, a Tom Fazio design that opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst’s centennial. Also known as the Centennial Course, No. 8 previously hosted the 1997 and 1998 PGA Professional National Championships.
The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles, with notable champions such as five-time champion Bob Jones, three-time champion Tiger Woods, two-time winner Jack Nicklaus, Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton and Phil Mickelson.
Upcoming U.S. Amateur Championships will be contested Aug. 17-23, 2015 at Olympia Fields Country Club, in Olympia Fields, Ill.; Aug. 15-21, 2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Aug. 14-20, 2017 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and Aug. 13-19, 2018 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Pinehurst No. 2
USGA Championships at Pinehurst
1962 U.S. Amateur – Labron Harris Jr.
1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur – Vicki Goetze-Ackerman
1994 U.S. Senior Open – Simon Hobday
1999 U.S. Open – Payne Stewart
2005 U.S. Open – Michael Campbell
2008 U.S. Amateur – Danny Lee
2014 U.S. Open – Martin Kaymer
2014 U.S. Women’s Open – Michelle Wie
2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, May 27-31, 2017
2019 U.S. Amateur, Aug. 12-18, 2019