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2024 USGA championships: A detailed look at all 15 events
03 Feb 2024
by Sean Melia of AmateurGolf.com

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The USGA's championship season gets underway on May 11 with the playing of the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Tex., and will conclude with the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, Sept. 21-26 at Broadmoor CC in Seattle, Wash.

Over the course of six months, 15 individual champions will be crowned in 13 different states, with Pennsylvania (3) as the only state hosting more than one event. Team USA will travel to England to compete in the Curtis Cup at Sunningdale.

To apply to play, follow this link to the USGA website.

Here's a look at the USGA's championship calendar for 2024.

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U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball
Venue: Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, Texas
Date: May 11-15
2023 Champion: Gianna Clemente and Avery Zweig

The A.W. Tilinghast design has been host to other big championships in the past including the 2001 U.S. Junior Amateur (Henry Liaw), 24 Texas Opens (Notable champions Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Corey Pavin).
It also hosted the PGA Tour Champions' AT&T Championship 2002-10 (Notable winners Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Fred Funk and John Cook) along with the 1987 Tour Championship (Tom Watson).After 36 holes of stroke play the field is cut to the top 32 teams for match play. 

Last year, Teenagers Gianna Clemente, of Estero, Fla., and Avery Zweig, of McKinney, Texas, became the youngest champions in the brief history of the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship with their 3-and-1 victory over current collegians Tiffany Le and Kate Villegas at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. Clemente had been the runner-up in the previous year's U.S. Girls' Junior, while Zweig was the youngest Women's Amateur Four-Ball competitor five years earlier at 11 years, 3 months.

Quotable:

“It means the world. The USGA makes their championships and titles very difficult, and if someone has won a USGA championship of any kind that's a very large feat.”  Avery Zweig

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U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club Wissahickon Course, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Stroke Play Co-host: Militia Hill Course
Date: May 25-29
2023 Champion: Aaron Du and Sampson Zheng

A Tillinghast course (Wissahickon Course) will also host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Philadelphia Cricket. It first hosted a USGA event in 1907 (U.S. Open). Over the last 124 years, Philly Cricket has hosted numerous Philadelphia Opens and Philadelphia Amateur Championships. The Militia Hill Course was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzon and Dana Fry.

Last year, University of California-Berkeley teammates Aaron Du and Sampson Zheng, of the People's Republic of China, defeated Drew Kittleson and Drew Stoltz, 2 and 1, to claim the 8th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball title at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club's Cassique. It was the second consecutive championship-match defeat for Kittleson, the 2008 U.S. Amateur runner-up, and Stoltz, a Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio host. Du and Zheng were competing just days after the Golden Bears had narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Arizona.

Quotable:

"For me it's history. Our names are going to go down forever in history. Fifty years, 100 years later when this tournament continues on, our names are going to be on [that trophy]. That's such an amazing thing to think about.” -- Sampson Zheng

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U.S Women’s Open
Venue: Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, Pa.
Date: May 30-June 2
2023 Champion: Alison Corpuz
Registration Open: Feb. 14 at 9:00 a.m. ET

The U.S. Open returns to Lancaster CC eight years after In Gee Chun won in 2015. Chun was made an honorary member of the club and returns each year to conduct a charity golf event that raises money for area students to continue their secondary education. 

In 2023, Allisen Corpuz, 25, carded a final-round, 3-under-par 69 to register a three-stroke victory over Charley Hull and Jiyai Shin at iconic Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. It was the first women's professional major championship contested on the famed Monterey Peninsula layout. It also was the first major title for Corpuz, a former standout at the University of Southern California who was a member of the victorious 2021 USA Curtis Cup Team. 

Quotable:

“My mind is racing. Like I said yesterday, this is really a dream come true. It was something I had dreamed of, but at the same time kind of just never really expected it to happen.” -- Allisen Corpuz

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U.S. Open
Venue: Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, NC
Date: June 13-16
2023 Champion: Wyndham Clark
Registration Open: Feb. 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the most iconic golf courses in the United States. Ten years ago, Martin Kaymer dominated the field en route to his U.S. Open victory. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Payne Stewart and Phil Mickelson duel which saw Stewart claim his second career major just months before his tragic death.

Wyndham Clark claimed his first major title by carding a final-round 70 and edging 2011 champion Rory McIlroy by one stroke at The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club. Clark made several clutch par saves coming down the stretch and then calmly two-putted the 72nd green to seal the victory. 

Quotable:

“You know, this is now my second win on the PGA Tour, and the first one [at last month’s Wells Fargo Championship] was surreal and this one is surreal. It hasn’t quite hit me yet. Walking up 18 was pretty emotional, and then finishing. It’s been a whirlwind the last five, six weeks. Just so blessed and humbled to be here.”

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U.S. Senior Open
Venue: Newport CC, Newport, RI
Date: June 27-30
2023 Champion: Bernhard Langer
Registration Open: Feb. 20 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Newport CC will host its fifth USGA championship. Most notably, in 1995, Tiger Woods won his second straight U.S. Amateur championship. Newport CC is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA.

Bernhard Langer, 65, of Germany, became the oldest U.S. Senior Open champion by eight years while also passing five-time USGA champion Hale Irwin as the winningest player in PGA Tour Champions history with his two-stroke victory over 2019 champion Steve Stricker at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wis. Langer, who also won the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, now owns 46 PGA Tour Champions titles.

Quotable:

“It feels awesome. It’s been a long time coming, but very, very happy. Never thought it would happen at a U.S. Senior Open, but I’m very thrilled that the record of 46 wins happened this week.” -- Bernhard Langer

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U.S. Adaptive Open
Venue: Sand Creek Station, Newton, Kansas
Date: July 8-10
2023 Champion: Kipp Popert
Registration Open: Feb. 22 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Sand Creek will host the third-ever U.S. Adaptive Open and first outside of Pinehurst. Sand Creek has hosted one other USGA event - the 2014 U.S. Public Links. 

This will be the 23rd USGA championship conducted in Kansas. The most recent event was the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur at Flint Hills National in Andover, won by Noah Goodwin.

 

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U.S. Girls’ Junior
Venue: El Caballero CC, Tarzana, Calif.
Date: July 15-20
2023 Champion: Kiara Romero
Registration Open: March 20 at 9:00 a.m. ET

El Caballero has hosted one USGA event in its past - the 2018 U.S. Women’s Four-Ball. Katrina Prendergast and Ellen Secor won that week. The course has also hosted LPGA Office Depot Championship from 2002-2004. This is the eighth time the U.S. Girls’ Junior will be held in the state of California.

Kiara Romero, 17, of San Jose, Calif., converted a 7-foot par putt on the 36th hole to hold off Rianne Malixi, of the Philippines, 1 up, in the championship match at the United States Air Force Academy Eisenhower Golf Club (Blue Course) in Colorado Springs, Colo. To read more, click here.

Quotable:

“My heart was racing. I didn't really think about how it was going to be determining the match and stuff, I just tried to focus on putting a good stroke on it.” -- Kiara Romero

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U.S. Junior Am
Venue: Oakland Hills CC (South Course), Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Stroke Play co-host: Oakland Hills Country Club (North Course)
Date: July 22-27
2023 Champion: Bryan Kim
Registration Open: March 20 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Oakland Hills will host its 12th USGA event. Most recently, Curtis Luck won the 2016 U.S. Amateur. Additionally, Oakland Hills has hosted a PGA Championship in 2008 and the Ryder Cup in 2004.

Bryan Kim, 18, of Brookeville, Md., an incoming freshman at Duke University, outlasted Joshua Bai, 17, of New Zealand, 2 up, in the 36-hole championship match at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C. Kim joined Jason Widener as the only Duke players to win this prestigious championship. To read more, click here

Quotable:

“It really hasn't sunk in yet. Especially coming into this week, I hadn't made a cut at a USGA event, but to not only make the cut but win all six of my matches, especially against all these great competitors, it just means the world." -- Bryan Kim

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U.S. Senior Women’s Open
Venue: Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Date: August 1-4
2023 Champion: Trish Johnson
Registration Open: Feb. 14 at 9:00 a.m. ET

This is the third USGA event at Fox Chapel and the first since the 1985 U.S. Women’s Open. In the 2002 Curtis Cup Match at Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh-area native and amateur stalwart Carol Semple Thompson holed a 27-foot birdie putt in Sunday singles to clinch the Match for the Americans. Thompson was playing in her 12th and final Curtis Cup. 

Trish Johnson, of England, became the fourth player from Europe to capture the U.S. Senior Women's Open, holding off Linda Lindley and Catriona Matthew at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore. Johnson, who was the runner-up in 2019 and finished third in the inaugural championship in 2018, closed with an even-par 72 to edge Lindley, the 2022 runner-up, by one stroke. She posted a 72-hole total of 4-under 284. 

Quotable:

“I am so knackered, I've got to be honest. Just amazing, honestly. Yeah, it's something I've always wanted to do, win a USGA event. Never even came close in a regular U.S. Open.” -- Trish Johnson

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U.S. Women’s Amateur
Venue: Southern Hills Tulsa, Okla
Date: August 5-11
2023 Champion: Megan Schofill
Registration Open: March 27 at 9:00 a.m. ET

This will be the 10th USGA event at Southern Hills. The world got to see Gil Hanse’s work on the Perry Maxwell design during the 2022 PGA Championship. PGA Tour member Byeong-Hun An was the youngest-ever U.S. Amateur champion in 2009 at Southern Hills; he was 15 years old. Babe Didrikson Zaharias won the last U.S. Women’s Amateur at Southern Hills in 1946.

Auburn University standout Megan Schofill, 22, of Monticello, Fla., defeated fellow Floridian and Southeastern Conference rival Latanna Stone (LSU), 21, of Riverview, 4 and 3, in the 36-hole final at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. She became the first Floridian to hoist the Robert Cox Trophy since Morgan Pressel in 2005.


Quotable:

“It's definitely a dream come true. I’m definitely still in shock. I can't put it into words the emotions I'm feeling. It's just such an honor to be able to say I won here this year.” -- Megan Schofill

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U.S. Amateur
Venue: Hazeltine, Chaska, Minn.
Stroke Play Co-Host: Chaska (Minn.) Town Club
Date: August 12-18
2023 Champion: Nick Dunlap
Registration Open: March 27 at 9:00 a.m. ET

The 2024 U.S. Amatuer will mark the 8th USGA event held at Hazeltine. Scotsman Richie Ramsay won the 2006 U.S. Amateur at Hazeltine, which is the last time the USGA held an event at the course. Two USGA presidents have been Hazeltine National members: Totton P. Heffelfinger and Reed Mackenzie. In 2016, Team USA beat Team Europe in the Ryder Cup.
Nick Dunlap, of Huntsville, Ala., and a sophomore at the University of Alabama, defeated Pennsylvanian Neal Shipley, 4 and 3, in the 36-hole final at Cherry Hills Country Club in suburban Denver. Dunlap joined Tiger Woods as the only players in USGA history to have won a U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Amateur. Dunlap won his U.S. Junior Amateur title in 2021

Quotable:

“Well, I think it’s only a third of what Tiger’s actually done. But just to be in the same conversation as Tiger is a dream come true and something that I’ve worked my entire life for. It’s the hours and hours that nobody sees to try to get to this point and even have a chance to win this trophy. It’s unbelievable; can’t put it into words.” -- Nick Dunlap

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U.S. Senior Amateur
Venue: The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.
Date: August 24-29
2023 Champion: Todd White
Registration Open: April 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET

While the Honors Course is 40 years old, it’s made a mark in competitive golf. The John T. Lupton is a prized invite on the Mid-Amateur circuit. This will be the fifth time the USGA has hosted an event at the challenging Pete Dye design. Min Woo Lee won the 2016 Junior Amateur and in 1996 Tiger Woods won the NCAA individual stroke play title. 
Last year, Todd White, 55, of Spartanburg, S.C., captured the 68th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in his first year of eligibility with a 4-and-3 victory over Jody Fanagan, of the Republic of Ireland, at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif. It was a matchup of past Walker Cup competitors: White in 2003 for the USA and Fanagan for Great Britain and Ireland in 1995. Fanagan was the first international player to advance to the championship match in U.S. Senior Amateur history. 

Quotable:

“At this point in time … words fail me,. I sit here and I look at all the hard work that's gone into it over the course of my life, and it's just incredible validation of that work. Hopefully, it's something that I can take back with me into my career in the classroom and show the students that hard work does pay off, and nothing is given to you. You have to earn it. I feel like that's what I've done here this week is I've earned it.” -- Todd White

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Curtis Cup
Venue: Sunningdale Golf Club (Old Course), Berkshire, England
Date: August 30-September 1
2022 Champion: USA
Sunningdale is steeped in golf history. The club's first professional was Jack White, winner of the 1904 Open Championship. The likes of Peter Thomson, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak have all won at Sunningdale. The Walker Cup was won by the USA in 1987 and this will be the first time the course hosts the Curtis Cup.

The USA claimed seven of the eight singles matches en route to a 15.5-4.5 victory over Great Britain & Ireland at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. It was the third consecutive victory for the Americans, who were led by University of Southern California All-American Amari Avery (3-1 record) and Stanford star Rose Zhang (2-1-1).

 

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U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
Venue: Brae Burn, West Newton, Mass.
Date: Sept. 7-12
2023 Champion: Kimberly Dinh
Registration Open: April 17 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Brae Burn was most recently on the amateur map when it hosted the 2021 Massachusetts Amateur. The final match between Michael Thorbjornsen and Matt Parziale was the first time two USGA champions dueled in a state amateur final. Brae Burn has hosted 15 men’s and 11 women’s Massachusetts State Amateurs. This will be the eighth USGA event at Brae Burn. In 1919, Walter Hagen won the U.S. Open, and in 1928, Bobby Jones won the U.S. Amateur. It has been 27 years since the USGA was at Brae Burn; Silvia Cavalleri won the 1997 U.S. Women’s Amateur. The course is set to host the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1928 to mark Jones’ centennial victory. The course also hosted the Curtis Cup in 1958 and 1970.

Kimberly Dinh, of Midland, Mich., became the second left-handed champion in U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur history with a come-from-behind, 2-up victory over 2017 champion Kelsey Chugg in the 18-hole title match at Stonewall's North Course. Dinh, a chemical engineer with a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (she played collegiately at Wisconsin), joined two-time winner Julia Potter-Bobb as the lone southpaw winners of the championship. 

Quotable:

"In college, I never really played in any USGA events, mostly because by the time the summer came around, I was burned out and I didn't want to travel. So having an opportunity to compete in a USGA championship after grad school, after college, has been awesome, and to win it, just incredible.” -- Kimberly Dinh

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U.S. Mid-Amateur
Venue: Kinloch GC, Manakin-Sabot, Va.
Stroke Play Co-Host: Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Va.
Date: Sept. 21-26
2023 Champion: Stewart Hagestad
Registration Open: April 17 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Since opening in 2001, Kinloch GC has hosted 10 Virginia State Opens. This will be the first USGA event held at Kinloch. 

Stewart Hagestad, 32, of Newport Beach, Calif., moved into select company by capturing his third U.S. Mid-Amateur title with a 3-and-2 victory over Virginian Evan Beck in the 36-hole final at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y. Hagestad, fresh off winning a fourth Walker Cup for the USA, joined Nathan Smith (4) and Jay Sigel (3) as the only players with three Mid-Am titles. His other two titles came in 2016 and 2021. 

Quotable:

“There's so many thoughts that come into your head, good, bad, otherwise, not just throughout the day but kind of throughout the week. Evan is such a good player. I know that he's one of the best in the world. He's got a ton of horsepower, and I saw some of his matches, and I kind of had a feeling it might come down to the two of us. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought this was possible. I'm going to need a minute to kind of decompress, but there's a lot of emotions going right now.”-- Stewart Hagestad

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U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
Venue: Broadmoor CC, Seattle, Wash.
Date: Sept. 21-26
2023 Champion: Sarah Gallagher
Registration Open: April 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET

This Pacific Northwest gem will host its fifth USGA event. Over the 97 year history of the course, players like Betsy Rawls, Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, and Billy Casper have won at Broadmoor. 

Sarah Gallagher, 50, of Canton, Ga., held off past USA Curtis Cup competitor Brenda Corrie Kuehn, 1 up, in the 18-hole final at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Gallagher won in her first year of eligibility. This was Kuehn's second USGA final, having reached the championship match of the 1995 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur before losing to Ellen Port, a 3-time Senior Women's Amateur champion. 

Quotable:

“I’m going to put it on the island in my kitchen. Actually no, I can’t do that, my kids will put stuff in it. I’ll have to put [the trophy] some place where they can’t fill it with who knows what.” -- Sarah Gallagher

The USGA contributed to this report



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