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Olympia Fields to Host 2015 U.S. Amateur
Olympia Fields Country Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship, to be played August 24-30.
The U.S. Amateur will be contested over the North and South Courses at Olympia Fields in Illinois. The North Course, designed by Willie Park and opened in 1923, has hosted three previous USGA championships: the 1928 U.S. Open (won by Johnny Farrell), the 1997 U.S. Senior Open (won by Graham Marsh) and the 2003 U.S. Open (won by Jim Furyk). It also held the 1925 and 1961 PGA Championships.
The South Course, a 1915 Tom Bendelow design that recently underwent a major restoration by Steve Smyers, will host the 2011 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship from July 18-23.
"Everyone at Olympia Fields is thrilled by the club's selection as the host site for the 2015 U.S. Amateur," said club president Jeff Goldman. "It is a true honor to welcome the country's oldest and most prestigious amateur championship."
The club was established in 1915 as a center for amateur sports and family activities. Its first president, Amos Alonzo Stagg, was an icon of amateur athletics who served on the U.S. Olympic Committee and is a member of both the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
First contested in 1895, the U.S. Amateur is the oldest golf championship in the country - one day older than the U.S. Open - and is for amateurs who have USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 2.4.
Prior to 2015, the championship will be contested at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., from August 22-28, 2011; at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., from August 20-26, 2012; at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., from August 19-25, 2013; and at Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga., from August 18-24, 2014.
The above report is courtesy of the USGA. For additional information, visit www.usga.org.