2023 USGA Championships: A detailed look at all 15 events
20 Dec 2022
by Staff

The USGA's championship season gets underway on May 13 with the playing of the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash. and will conclude with the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Over the course of six months, 15 individual champions will be crowned in 10 different states, with California (4), Colorado (2) and South Carolina (2) hosting multiple events.

Here's a look at the USGA's championship calendar for 2023.

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U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball
Venue: The Home Course, DuPont, Wash.
Dates: May 13-17
2022 Champion: Thienna Huynh and Sara Im

The Home Course, in DuPont, Wash. will host the 8th U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. This will be the second USGA championship to be held at The Home Course, which hosted the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. The course also served as the stroke-play co-host for the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, each of which was contested at Chambers Bay. The U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship returns to the Pacific Northwest for the first time since the inaugural event was played in 2015 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, in Bandon, Ore.

Last year, Georgia teenagers Thienna Huynh and Sara Im defeated fellow teens Kaitlyn Schroeder and Bailey Shoemaker, 1 up, to win the 7th U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Grand Reserve Golf Club in Puerto Rico. It was the first USGA championship held in the U.S. territory.

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U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Venue: Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club
Dates: May 20-24
2022 Champions: Chad Wilfong and Davis Womble

For the second time in its history, the Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club will host a USGA championship, as the club has been chosen as the host site for the 9th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship May 20-24, 2023.

The Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique Course will host both stroke play and match play, while the club’s River Course will serve as the stroke-play co-host course. The courses hosted the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 2009. The Kiawah Island Club, which is owned and operated by Kiawah Island master developer Kiawah Partners, is located about 25 miles south of Charleston. The Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique Course opened in 2000 and was designed by Tom Watson, the 1982 U.S. Open champion and a five-time winner of The Open Championship, conducted by The R&A. The links-style course is named for the Kiawah Indian chief who settled in an area where the Kiawah River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The River Course, designed by Tom Fazio, was the club’s first course, opening in 1995. It overlooks the Kiawah River to the north and Bass Pond to the southeast. Six holes play to the river’s edge while the others play through marsh and maritime forest.

Last year, a pair of Wake Forest alums, Chad Wilfong and Davis Womble, became the first side to medal in stroke play and go on to win the championship with a dramatic, come-from-behind, 19-hole victory over Drew Kittleson and Drew Stoltz on the West Course of the Country Club of Birmingham.

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U.S. Open
Venue: Los Angeles Country Club
Dates: June 15-18
2022 Champion: Matt Fitzpatrick
Low Amateur: Travis Vick

The U.S. Open Championship returns to Los Angeles for the first time in 75 years with the playing of the 123rd edition at The Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course from June 15-18. The championship was last played in Greater Los Angeles when Ben Hogan won the first of his four U.S. Opens in 1948 at The Riviera Country Club. In 1927, legendary golf course architect and LACC member George C. Thomas Jr. redesigned the North Course, later called his greatest design. In 2010, a five-year restoration project was completed by noted architect Gil Hanse.

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U.S. Women's Open
Venue: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
Dates: July 6-9
2022 Champion: Minjee Lee
Low Amateur: Ingrid Lindblad

For the first time in its illustrious history, Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links will host a U.S. Women’s Open Championship. The USGA has chosen the iconic layout as the site for the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open as well as the 2027 U.S. Open, the 14th and 15th USGA championships in the course’s storied history.

The legendary course on the Monterey Peninsula, designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant and opened in 1919, has produced several of the game’s memorable moments in its previous five U.S. Opens. Jack Nicklaus’s 1-iron tee shot that struck the flagstick in 1972, Tom Watson’s chip-in on the par-3 17th hole to thwart Nicklaus in 1982, Tom Kite’s pitch-in on the par-3 seventh hole en route to victory in 1992 and Tiger Woods’ record 15-stroke victory in 2000 are all stamped in the game’s lore.

During the course’s 98-year history, it has hosted five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, two U.S. Women’s Amateurs and one PGA Championship. These two USGA championships will move Pebble Beach to fourth all-time among host sites.

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U.S. Senior Open
Venue: SentryWorld, Stevens Point, Wis.
Dates: June 29-July 2
2022 Champion: Padraig Harrington
Low Amateur: None

SentryWorld, in Stevens Point, Wis., has been chosen by the USGA as the host site for the 43rd U.S. Senior Open Championship. SentryWorld, located in Stevens Point, Wis., will host its first Senior Open and third USGA championship from June 29-July 2. SentryWorld, a public, parkland course in central Wisconsin, was developed by Sentry Insurance in 1982 as part of a sports complex that includes indoor tennis courts, banquet space and restaurants. At the heart of the 200-acre property lies the championship layout, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. In 2013, Jones oversaw a major renovation that was led by architects Bruce Charlton and Jay Blasi.

SentryWorld hosted its first USGA championship in 1986 when Cindy Schreyer defeated 13-year-old Vicki Goetze, 3 and 2, in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links final. Goetze eventually captured two U.S. Women’s Amateur titles (1989, 1992), while Schreyer would go on to win on the LPGA Tour.

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U.S. Girls' Junior
Venue: U.S. Air Force Academy Eisenhower Golf Club (Blue Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dates: July 17-22
2022 Champion: Yana Wilson

For the first time, a military organization’s golf course will play host to a USGA championship. The Eisenhower Golf Course at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been chosen as the host site for the 72nd U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, which is scheduled for July 13-18, 2020. The championship will be conducted on the Blue Course of the 36-hole facility, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1959.

Yana Wilson captured the 73rd U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Kentucky, defeating 15-year-old Gianna Clemente 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final.

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U.S. Adaptive Open
Venue: Pinehurst Resort & C.C. Course No. 6, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Dates: July 17-19
2022 Champions: Simon Lee and Kim Moore

The U.S. Adaptive Open serves as the USGA’s 15th national championship, showcasing the world’s best golfers with disabilities. The championship is open to males and females, professionals and amateurs, with either physical impairment, sensory impairment (vision), or intellectual impairment. Pinehurst No. 6 was designed by George and Tom Fazio and opened in 1979. Redesigns and restorations were done by Tom Fazio in 2005 to carve new bunkers, soften angles and seed faster greens.

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U.S. Junior Amateur
Venue: Daniel Island Club (Ralston & Beresford Creek Courses), Charleston, S.C.
Dates: July 24-29
2022 Champion: Wenyi Ding

Daniel Island Club, a 36-hole facility in Charleston, S.C., will serve as the host site for the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Located on 4,000-acre Daniel Island, just north of historic downtown Charleston between the Cooper and Wando Rivers, Daniel Island Club features 36 holes that weave through a Lowcountry landscape of saltwater marsh, tidal creeks and waterways. Designed by Tom Fazio, the Beresford Creek Course opened in 2000, followed by the Ralston Creek Course designed by Rees Jones, which opened in 2006.

A starting field of 264 players will compete in the 75th U.S. Junior Amateur. Both courses will be used for the 36-hole, stroke-play portion of the championship, with Ralston Creek hosting match play. The champion will receive an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2) as well as a spot in the 2023 and 2024 U.S. Amateur Championships.

Last year, Wenyi Ding became the first USGA champion from China after he held off Caleb Surratt to win the title at Bandon Dunes.

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U.S. Women's Amateur
Venue: Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif.
Dates: August 7-13
2022 Champion: Saki Baba

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Bel-Air is a private club with an 18-hole course originally designed by George Thomas and recently renovated by Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design. The project focused on updating the course while restoring its archetypal integrity. The course previously hosted the 1976 U.S. Amateur, which was won by Bill Sander, and the 2004 U.S. Senior Amateur, where Mark Bemowski took home the trophy. It most recently served as the stroke-play co-host course for the 2018 U.S. Amateur at The Riviera Country Club. The club will also host the 2026 Curtis Cup Match and 2030 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Last year, Saki Baba of Japan romped to an 11 and 9 victory over Monet Chun at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

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U.S. Amateur
Venue: Cherry Hills C.C., Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colo.
Dates: August 14-20
2022 Champion: Sam Bennett

Cherry Hills Country Club will be hosting its third U.S. Amateur and 10th USGA championship. Designed by William Flynn, Cherry Hills has hosted three U.S. Opens. In 1960, Arnold Palmer produced one of the most indelible performances in Open history, erasing a seven-stroke deficit with a final-round 65, while two-time champions Ralph Guldahl (1938) and Andy North (1978) also won there. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Colorado Golf Club will serve as the stroke-play co-host course.

Last year, Sam Bennett, the No. 3 amateur in the world from Texas A&M, recorded five wins against players at No. 27 or better in the world rankings, including three top-10 players, to hoist the Havemeyer Trophy after defeating Ben Carr, 1 up at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ.

The U.S. Amateur starting field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 14 and 15, one round on each of the two courses, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scores. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 16 and the championship concludes with a 36-hole championship match on Aug. 21. The winner and runner-up are exempt into the following year’s U.S. Open Championship.

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U.S. Senior Women's Open
Venue: Waverley Country Club, Portland, Ore.
Dates: August 24-27
2022 Champion: Jill McGill
Low Amateur: Patricia Ehrhart

The Portland club will be hosting its eighth USGA championship. Waverley Country Club first hosted the 1952 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by Jackie Pung, followed by the 1964 U.S. Senior Amateur, won by William Higgins. In 1970, Lanny Wadkins defeated Tom Kite by one stroke in the sixth of the eight U.S. Amateur Championships that were conducted at 72 holes of stroke play. In 1981, Juli Inkster captured the second of her three consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur titles, while in 1993, Tiger Woods won his third consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur. In 2000, Marcy Newton won the 100th U.S. Women’s Amateur, and most recently, Judith Kyrinis captured the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Waverley will join Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club and Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., as the only clubs to host a USGA championship in each of the eight decades since the 1950s (Merion has hosted in 13 consecutive decades, since the 1900s).

The 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be the 40th USGA championship to take place in Oregon.

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U.S. Senior Amateur
Venue: Martis Camp Club, Truckee, Calif.
Dates: August 26-31
2022 Champion: Rusty Strawn

Martis Camp was designed by Tom Fazio and opened for play in June 2008. Set within the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Martis Valley, the course features mature pines, natural elevation changes and mountain views on the outward nine, with finishing holes framed by views of Mount Rose and the Carson and Sierra Nevada ranges. The Golden State has previously hosted the U.S. Senior Amateur five times, including in 2014 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

Last year, Rusty Strawn defeated his good friend and fellow Georgian Doug Hanzel, 3 and 2 at Kittansett Club.

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Walker Cup
Venue: Old Course at St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
Dates: Sept. 1-3
2022 Champion: United States

One of the game’s historic venues will serve as the host site for one of amateur golf’s most prestigious team competitions in 2023. The Match, which will take place 101 years after the inaugural competition in 1922 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. , is scheduled for Sept. 2-3. It will also be the ninth Walker Cup played at St. Andrews and the first since 1975, when the USA defeated GB&I 15½-8½ behind future U.S. Open champions Jerry Pate and Curtis Strange.

Last year, Team USA extended their home country win streak to six with a 14-12 victory at the 48th Walker Cup played at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.

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U.S. Mid-Amateur
Venue: Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Scarborough, N.Y.; Fenway Golf Club, Scarsdale, N.Y.
Dates: Sept. 9-15
2022 Champion: Matt McClean

Sleepy Hollow will be hosting its second USGA championship. The club was the site of the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur, when Becky Lucidi defeated Brandi Jackson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final. Sleepy Hollow has also been the site of three Metropolitan Golf Association Met Amateurs (1944, 1965, 1983), five Met Juniors and the 2011 Met Open. Fenway Golf Club, in Scarsdale, N.Y., will serve as the stroke-play co-host course.

Last year, Matthew McClean of the Republic of Ireland, defeated fellow countryman Hugh Foley, 3 and 1, in the 36-hole championship match at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

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U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
Venue: Stonewall (North Course), Elverson, Pa.
Dates: Sept. 9-14
2022 Champion: Krissy Carman

Stonewall, located in Chester County, 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, will host the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur on its Tom Doak-designed North Course, which features challenging green complexes that require an exacting short game.

Stonewall’s other 18-hole layout, the Old Course, which was also designed by Doak and opened in 1993, hosted the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Stewart Hagestad. It also hosted the 2006 Women’s Trans National, the 2003 Pennsylvania Open, the 1996 Philadelphia Open and two Philadelphia Amateurs. The North Course, which opened in 2003, served as the stroke-play co-host course during the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and combined with the Old Course as the first USGA championship to feature a 36-hole final on two courses.

First played in 1987, the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is open to female amateurs age 25 and older with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 9.4. The championship field features 132 players who compete in two rounds of stroke play, after which the field is cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. The 2022 championship was won by Krissy Carman.

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U.S. Senior Women's Amateur
Venue: Troon Country Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 5
2022 Champion: Shelly Stouffer

Troon Country Club, a Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf-design, hosted the 1990 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The state of Arizona has hosted 16 USGA Championships at 11 host sites. The most recent USGA Championship held in Arizona was in 2019 when the Women’s Mid-Amateur was played at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff. The last USGA Championship held in the Metro Phoenix area was the 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree.

Canadian Shelly Stouffer will return to defend the title she won last year at Anchorage Golf Course with a 4 and 3 win over Sue Wooster.

The USGA contributed to this report.

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