Two-Course Pinehurst Test Awaits Amateur Finalists

The 11th hole at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club Course No. 4. Picture courtesy of Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States: History will be made this summer when Pinehurst Resort & Country Club hosts the 36-hole match play final of the 119th US Amateur Championship on two courses.

When the 2019 championship begins on August 12, Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 will host the stroke play rounds, which will be played over two days and 36 holes to trim the field from 312 players to 64 for match play.

The first five rounds of match play – through the semi-finals – will be played on Course No. 2 (August 14-17). 

The championship match, scheduled for August 18, will open with the morning round on No. 4, which was recently redesigned by Gil Hanse. The afternoon round will be played on Course No. 2, a classic Donald Ross design that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011. It will be the first time the 36-hole US Amateur Championship final is contested over two courses. 

It will also mark the second ground-breaking collaboration between the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Pinehurst in five years. In 2014, Pinehurst hosted the US Open (won by Martin Kaymer) and US Women’s Open (won by Michelle Wie) in consecutive weeks on Course No. 2 – the only time the same course hosted those two championships in back-to-back weeks. The 2019 US Amateur will be the 10th USGA championship contested at the resort.

The US Amateur Championship trophy. Picture by USGA/Jonathan Kolbe

“We are so pleased that competitors will have the opportunity to play the 2019 US Amateur on No. 2, one of the most revered tests in the game, and No. 4, which will present players with a new set of challenges,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director, Championships. “Pinehurst is one of the world’s leading championship venues and we are very excited to watch the entire event unfold over these two wonderful courses.”

Pinehurst No. 2 first hosted the US Amateur in 1962, when Labron Harris claimed the trophy over Downing Gray, one-up. The resort’s Course No. 2 most recently hosted the championship in 2008 when Danny Lee of New Zealand earned the title with a 5-and-4 victory over Drew Kittleson. Many of the game’s greatest players have claimed the Havemeyer Trophy in the 118-year history of the championship, including Bob Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

“The US Amateur embodies the spirit and sportsmanship of the game, and we’re honoured to host this prestigious championship for the third time,” said Tom Pashley, President of Pinehurst Resort, which will also host its fourth US Open in 2024. “These two courses complement each other aesthetically and strategically, and it will be fun to see how the players react and approach both courses on the day they vie for a national championship.”

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