Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Wash., capped off one of the greatest seasons ever by an amateur golfer when he defeated Luke List, 2 up, in the championship match of the 2004 U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The victory highlighted just one of the 13 national championships conducted by the USGA in 2004.
Earlier in the summer, Moore, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn. (he defeated Dayton Rose 6 and 5), thus making him the only golfer in USGA history to take the U.S. Amateur and APL titles in the same season. Billy Mayfair won the APL in 1986 and the U.S. Amateur in 1987.
Moore is one of five golfers to win multiple USGA titles in a single season, joining Chick Evans (1916 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open), Bobby Jones (1930 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open), Jay Sigel (1983 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur) and Pearl Sinn (1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur and Women’s Amateur Public Links).
When added to his Western Amateur and NCAA Division I individual titles, Moore’s 2004 season could be the best by an amateur since Jones won the "Grand Slam" in 1930.
"It’s amazing," said Moore after the Amateur win. "Just to start out with this as the goal at the beginning of the summer and then the beginning of this week … and to be able to actually do it is amazing. It’s a great feeling. I wouldn’t trade it for the world."
In October, Moore led a three-person USA squad to the World Amateur Team Championship in Puerto Rico, finishing as the low individual scorer in the event that was shortened to 54 holes because of inclement weather.