On September 25th, 27th, 28th and 29th 1909
the first Amateur Championship was held at
Huntingdon Valley Country Club. The original
format of play was 36-holes of qualifying with
the top 16 players advancing to match play.
H.B. McFarland of Huntingdon Valley won the
Gold Medal in the Championship with a 161
total and then defeated A.W. Tillinghast of
Philadelphia Cricket 8 & 6 in the final match.
Change came to the Amateur Championship in
1966 when the Executive Committee altered
the original format of play. The championship
was changed to 72-holes of stroke play to
attract the best field possible and to assure
players of at least two days of play. The
format remains the same today.
Many talented amateur golfers throughout the
Commonwealth have made this championship
what it is today. Maxwell Marston won the
tournament three-times in consecutive years;
1921, 1922, 1923. Art Wall won this
championship two-times before playing
regularly on the PGA Tour. While on the Tour
he won a Masters Championship. Furthermore,
R. Jay Sigel, member of the Senior PGA Tour
won this event 11-times. George E. "Buddy"
Marucci Jr won the championship four-times,
and finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in the
1996 U.S. Amateur Championship.