The 2022 USGA Championship schedule is out, and once again the governing body of golf in the U.S. will take their championships to every corner of the nation, including a state and territory that will be hosting for the first time. They are also introducing their newest championship, serving a previously unrepresented golf demographic.
Here is a look at the USGA Championship lineup for 2022:
U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball
Grand Reserve Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
2021 Champion: Savannah Barber
and Alexa Saldaña
The Grand Reserve Golf Club, in Puerto Rico, has been chosen to host the 7th U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, marking the first time a USGA championship will be contested outside the mainland in a U.S. territory. The competition is scheduled for April 20-24, 2022. The Grand Reserve stretches across a beachfront peninsula in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, just 15 miles outside the capital city of San Juan. Overlooking El Yunque National Forest, the course features seashore paspalum grass and white silica sand bunkers. It is a parkland-style golf course that since 2008 has hosted the Puerto Rico Open, which has been won by notables including Tony Finau and 2018 U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland.
Last year, Savannah Barber and Alexa Saldaña, roommates at Crown Golf Academy in Arlington, Texas, defeated two higher-seeded teams on the final day to take the title at nearby Maridoe Golf Club.
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Country Club of Birmingham (West and East Courses), Birmingham, Ala.
2021 Champions: Kiko Francisco Coelho
and Leopoldo Herrera III
The Country Club of Birmingham has hosted nine Alabama State Amateurs and served as the companion course to Shoal Creek for the 1986 U.S. Amateur. Recently, the club hosted the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, won by Michael McCoy, of West Des Moines, Iowa, and the 2016 Men’s State Team Championship.
The West Course will serve as the Championship host, while the East Course will act as the stroke play co-host. Both courses were designed by Donald Ross. The West Course has also had the magic touch of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Pete Dye over the years.
This year’s competition will be the seventh version of this event. No player or team has won the event twice.
Before their victory last year, Kiko Francisco Coelho and Leopoldo Herrera III had never competed in any USGA event before. Their partnership started when Coelho beat Herrera III
in the 2020 FSA Junior Amateur Championship. Coelho, born in Portugal, is the second foreign-born player to win the U.S. Four Ball.
U.S. Women’s Open
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, N.C.
Low Amateur: Megha Ganne
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club has earned its place amongst the country’s best golf resorts. In 1954, women’s golf legend and World Golf Hall of Famer Peggy Kirk Bell and her husband, Warren “Bullet” Bell, bought and restored Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. Today, Pine Needles ownership remains in the Bell family and honors Mrs. Bell’s fun spirit and passion for the game.
Designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1928, Pine Needles was renovated in 2004 by John Fought, who oversaw the restoration of greens and bunkers to their original forms with the aid of vintage aerial photos.
Pine Needles will become the first course to host four U.S. Women’s Open Championships. Its first U.S. Women’s Open was held in 1996, when Annika Sorenstam took home the trophy. Karrie Webb won the 2001 championship at Pine Needles, and Cristie Kerr claimed the 2007 title at the resort.
Olympic Club proved a fabulous host for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open. Philippines' Yuka Saso, defeated Japan's Nasa Hataoka. Both players caught Lexi Thompson on Sunday final round. Not to be outdone Megha Ganne, with an Olympic Club member on her bag, took the low amateur honors and captured the hearts of San Franciscans with her amazing play and infectious smile.
Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.
Golf fans will be treated to a second Curtis Cup in as many years as the event gets back on its usual rotation following the 2020 postponement due to COVID-19. The United States, led by Rachel Heck
and Rose Zhang
, won 12.5 - 7.5 Conwy Golf Club in Conwy, Wales.
The Curtis Cup heads to historic Merion Golf Club this summer for its 42nd edition. The matches pit amateur women from the United States against and Great Britain and Ireland. It has been historically dominated by the United States with a record of 30-8-3. However, the last five events have been more evenly distributed, with team USA winning 3 matches and losing 2. In 1964, Merion also hosted the Curtis Cup. More recently, the men’s version of the event, the Walker Cup, was held in 2007 at Merion.
The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
The 2022 U.S. Open host course, The Country Club, is steeped in history. It is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA. It has been rewarded with dramatic moments in golf history: Francis Ouimet’s 1913 U.S. Open victory as a 20-year-old amateur to a 1999 Ryder Cup miracle comeback it seems to never disappoint as a host. This will be the first U.S. Open held at The Country Club since 1988 when Curtis Strange beat Nick Faldo in an 18 hole playoff.
Traditionally, the routing for championships at The Country Club is different from the daily Clyde/Squirrel main course routing, as they weave in holes from the club’s nine hole Primrose course to bulk up the challenge. However, this year’s course will look a bit different, as they have decided to include a 125 yard downhill par three that hasn’t been used for championship golf since Ouimet stared down Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in 1913.
The most recent USGA championship held at The Country Club was in 2013 when Matthew Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur over Oliver Goss.
Jon Rahm won his first major in dramatic fashion at Torrey Pines in 2021, pouring in two long birdie putts as the players chasing him down crumbled under the pressure and challenge of the U.S. Open set-up.
U.S. Senior Open
Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.
Low Amateur: Billy Mitchell
In 2022, Saucon Valley CC will become the first course to host the U.S. Senior Open for the third time, having hosted in 1992 and 2000. The 2022 competition at Saucon Valley’s Old Course will also mark the course’s 100th anniversary.
The U.S. Senior Open started in 1980 for players 55 and over, however, they changed the age to 50 in 1981 to match the Senior Tour’s age requirement.
In 2021, Jim Furyk outdueled fellow major winners Mike Weir and Retief Goosen by three shots at Omaha Country Club. Furyk added his name to an exclusive list, as he became the eighth player to win the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. It's a list that includes Billy Casper, Hale Irwin, Orville Moody, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Lee Trevino.
U.S. Girls’ Junior
The Club at Olde Stone, Bowling Green, Ky.
When Rose Zhang defeated Bailey Davis 6-and-4 in the 2021 U.S. Girls’ Junior, she held two USGA championships at once following her 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Zhang is the eighth player to win both championships, but the first to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur before collecting the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur. Just another way that the world’s No. 1 amateur continues to do things in her own record-breaking way.
Olde Stone was designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 2006. The course, which features zeon zoysia fairways and bent grass greens with elevation changes of over 150 feet, has hosted a number of prestigious events, including the Junior Ryder Cup, NCAA Division I Regionals, the Southern Amateur, the Southern Junior Amateur and the Kentucky Open.
Notable champions include three-time winner Hollis Stacy, two-time winner Nancy Lopez, Mickey Wright, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Amy Alcott, Pat Hurst, I.K. Kim, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Ariya Jutanugarn. Starting in 2017, Girls’ Junior champions earn an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
U.S. Adaptive Open
Pinehurst Resort & C.C. (Course No. 6), Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
The U.S. Adaptive Open Championship is the newest USGA national championship. The championship will be contested by 96 players over 54 holes of stroke play on Pinehurst No. 6. It is open to males and females, professionals and amateurs, with either physical impairment, sensory impairment (vision), or intellectual impairment, who have a WR4GD Pass as well as an authorized World Handicap System (WHS) Handicap Index.
Last September, the USGA named Pinehurst its first championship anchor site, announcing four additional U.S. Open Championships at the esteemed venue, as well as a commitment to bring other national championships to the property. Pinehurst No. 6 was designed by George & Tom Fazio and opened in 1979. This will be the 11th USGA championship held at Pinehurst, and the first on Course No. 6.
U.S. Junior Amateur
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Dunes) and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Trails), Bandon, Ore.
2021 Champion: Nicholas Dunlap
Bandon Dunes resort has hosted six USGA championships since 2006. It is also the future host to a plethora of events. When a resort has five excellent courses, it’s going to be an easy place for the USGA to return to time and time again.
In this instance, the best juniors in the world will compete on the Bandon Dunes course, with the Bandon Trails course as the co-host for the stroke-play portion of the event.
The U.S. Junior Amateur boasts a talented collection of past champions. Even just in the last ten years Jordan Spieth (2009 and 2011), Scottie Scheffler (2013), Will Zalatoris (2014), and Min Woo Lee (2016) have captured the national title.
Nicholas Dunlap’s incredible July of 2021 was capped off with a U.S. Junior Championship. Dunlap began July by winning the only match-play event on the American Junior Golf Association circuit, the Polo Junior Golf Classic at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. Then he finished as runner-up in the Junior PGA Championship at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Ky., and in between those events, he was the medalist in a U.S. Amateur qualifier on July 5 in Decatur, Ala.
U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
Anchorage Golf Course, Anchorage, Alaska
July 30-Aug 4
The 60th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship marks the first time the USGA has taken one of its championships to the 49th state. Upon completion, the USGA will have hosted a championship in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.
Anchorage Golf Course is located overlooks the city of Anchorage and offers views of three separate mountain ranges. The legendary Denali can be seen on a clear day from many vantage points throughout the course. Visitors have a chance to see some of Alaska's booming wildlife population, including moose, fox, waterfowl, and even the occasional bear.
The defending champion, Lara Tennant, has done something that no other amateur has done since Tiger Woods -- win three straight USGA championships. Tiger famously won three straight U.S. Juniors followed by three straight U.S. Amateurs, but Tennant has won this championship three straight times herself and will try for four in a row in The Last Frontier.
U.S. Women’s Amateur
Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.
2021 Champion: Jensen Castle
The 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be the fourth USGA championship conducted at Chambers Bay. The course previously hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur, won by Peter Uihlein, the 2015 U.S. Open, won by Jordan Spieth, and this week’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, which will conclude with semifinal and final 18-hole matches on Wednesday.
Along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, the Women’s Amateur is one of the USGA’s first three championships and will be played for the 122nd time in 2022. Chambers Bay will become the 15th course to host all three of these original USGA championships. It will be the first municipal course to host them and just the third course open to the public to achieve this distinction, joining resorts Pebble Beach and Pinehurst.
2021 champion Jensen Castle had an incredible run to the crown, The West Columbia, S.C., native and University of Kentucky junior opened the week with a 7-over-par 79 in Monday’s first round of stroke play and then survived a 12-for-2 playoff just to reach match play, became the first No. 63 seed to hoist the Robert Cox Trophy. Castle is the third No. 63 seed in USGA history to win a title since seeding began in the mid-1980s – Clay Ogden (2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links) and Steven Fox
(2012 U.S. Amateur) are the others.
Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, N.J. and Arcola Country Club
2021 Champion: James Piot
A.W. Tillinghast designed a lot of courses, but some of said that Ridgewood Country Club was his favorite. The course has hosted a myriad of championships at the amateur and professional level. Most recently, the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur in 2016 and the PGA Tour Barclays in 2010. The course has a bevy of big names who have won events at Ridgewood, including Frank Strafaci, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, and Vijay Singh.
The co-host course, Arcola Country Club, hosted the 2020 New Jersey Amateur and the 2018 Met Golf Association Amateur.
In 2021, James Piot and Austin Greaser’s
final match lived up to the host course’s prestige. Oakmont’s brawny layout provided a back and forth final, culminating in Piot erasing a 3-down deficit with eight holes left for a 2-and-1 victory.
U.S. Senior Women’s Open
NCR Country Club (South Course), Kettering, Ohio
Low Amateur: Martha Leach
The 2022 host, NCR Country Club’s South Course, was designed by Dick Wilson and opened in 1954. It has previously hosted four USGA championships: the 1986 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Jane Geddes in a playoff over Sally Little; the 1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by John “Spider” Miller; the 2005 U.S. Senior Open, won by Allen Doyle; and the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship, won by New Jersey. It also hosted the 1969 PGA Championship, won by Raymond Floyd. Ohio has hosted 40 previous USGA events in its history.
Annika Sorenstam had not played in a USGA event for 13 years before returning for the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open. For the superstitious, her return might have been ominous. It turned out the people who should have been worried were all Sorenstam’s opponents. The former world no. 1 and golfing pioneer ran away with an 8-shot victory at Brooklawn Country Club.
U.S. Senior Amateur
The Kittansett Club, Marion, Mass.
August 27-September 1
2021 Champion: Gene Elliott
The Kittansett Club was designed in 1922 by William Flynn and Fredric Hood, and is located on a point extending into Buzzards Bay, across from Cape Cod. Since the 1990s, designer Gil Hanse has led an ongoing renovation project that included the removal of hundreds of trees to restore the course to its original coastal links design. Hanse is working from original Flynn drawings discovered in a barn in Philadelphia in 2001, where they sat for more than 70 years unknown to the club. Today, the course routing offers a combination of coastal holes and inland tree-lined holes.
The 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur was Gene Elliott’s first USGA victory after 36 tries. He defeated Jerry Gunthorpe
2-and-1, and became just the third person to win senior national amateur titles in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.
Erin Hills, Erin, Wis. and Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, Wauwatosa, Wis.
2021 Champion: Stewart Hagestad
For the fourth time since 2008, Erin Hills will host a USGA championship. Considering the course opened in 2006, it's been quite a run for this acclaimed public golf course. The co-host venue, Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, has a longer history. Dating back to 1916 when it hosted the Western Open. Players the likes of Walter Hagan and Gene Sarazen, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, and Dr. Cary Middlecoff have won at Blue Mound.
Stewart Hagestad captured his second U.S. Mid-Amateur. The event was hampered by fog, forcing the 36 hole final to be played over the course of two days. Hagestad slept on 5-up lead, but Mark Constanza
pushed Hagastad to the limit, chipping away at the lead. The lead was too big, though, and Hagestad won the final 2-and-1.
U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
Fiddlesticks Country Club, Fort Myers, Fla.
2021 Champion: Blakesly Brock
The USGA returns to Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla., for the first time since the 2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Ron Garl’s Long Mean Course, built in 1983, provides “heartbreaking challenge.” It recently underwent renovations to enhance bunker playability, add several teeing areas, and incorporate bermudagrass.
Blakesly Brock became the third youngest U.S. Women’s Mid Amateur champion when she held off Aliea Clark
in the final with a 5-and-4 victory. Clark was looking to become the first 64 seed to ever win a USGA event. Clark was just the second 64 seed to reach any USGA final. The first was Alexandra Frazier
in the 2010 U.S. Senior Amateur.
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