Canterbury GC to host three national amateur championships
Canterbury Golf Club (credit: USGA)
Canterbury Golf Club (credit: USGA)

The USGA announced on Monday that Canterbury Golf Club, in Cleveland, Ohio, will be the host site for the 2027 U.S. Girls’ Junior, 2033 U.S. Senior Amateur and 2039 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. The club has previously hosted five USGA championships, including two U.S. Opens.

“We are thrilled to return to Canterbury Golf Club to conduct these three USGA championships,” said Mark Hill, USGA senior managing director, championships. “The USGA is excited to restore our relationship with this historic club and its enthusiastic golf community on such a fantastic layout. We know the club and its membership will provide an exceptional experience for our players as they compete for these coveted titles.”

These will be the sixth, seventh and eighth USGA championships held at Canterbury Golf Club, which last hosted the 1996 U.S. Senior Open, captured by Dave Stockton, who held off a hard-charging Hale Irwin to win by two strokes. The club also hosted the 1979 U.S. Amateur, won by Mark O’Meara; the 1964 U.S. Amateur, won by William Campbell; the 1946 U.S. Open, won by Lloyd Mangrum; and the 1940 U.S. Open, won by Lawson Little.

Canterbury Golf Club has also hosted the 1973 PGA Championship, won by Jack Nicklaus; four Senior Tournament Players Championships from 1983-1986; and, most recently, the 2009 Senior PGA Championship, won by Michael Allen.

“Canterbury Golf Club is proud to continue its tradition of hosting national championships,” said Tim Cercelle, club president. “As we reengage our relationship with the USGA, it’s an honor to showcase our golf course to the world and play host to these prestigious championships that truly embody the spirit of the amateur game and support the next generation of golfers.”

Canterbury Golf Club’s 18-hole golf course was designed by Herbert Strong, who was a founding member of the PGA of America. It was routed to utilize the area’s natural topography, resulting in a demanding course with a wide variety of holes.

The 2027 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be the 42nd championship held in Ohio, and the second of the 2027 season, following the U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica at Inverness Club, in Toledo. The most recent championship in Ohio was the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at NCR Country Club, in Kettering. The 2029 U.S. Amateur Championship is also scheduled to be played at Inverness Club. The last USGA championship held in northeast Ohio was the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by 15-year-old and future world No. 1 Lydia Ko at The Country Club in Cleveland.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior was first conducted in 1949 and is open to female amateurs who have not turned 19 on or before the final day of the championship and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 9.4. U.S. Girls’ Junior champions earn an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica. Notable champions include Mickey Wright, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Hollis Stacy, Nancy Lopez, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Minjee Lee.

The U.S. Senior Amateur was first conducted in 1955 and is open to golfers who are 55 years and older and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4. U.S. Senior Amateur champions earn an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Senior Open, in addition to the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur for the following two years.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the USGA’s first three championships, having debuted in 1895 along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, marking the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country. The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and runner-up receive exemptions into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open. Notable champions include Lydia Ko, Danielle Kang, Morgan Pressel, Kay Cockerill, Juli Inkster and Babe Zaharias.

ABOUT THE U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur

The Girls Junior Amateur is one of 14 national championships conducted by the USGA. The event is open to female golfers who have not reached their 19th birthday prior to the close of competition and whose USGA Handicap Index does not exceed 9.4. 36 hole stroke play qualifying from which 64 players advance to match play. Regional qualifying held at sites around the United States.

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