Bandon to host 11 Mens and Womens Amateur Public Links


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USGAFAR HILLS, N.J. ' Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., will host the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2011 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship, June 27 - July 2, 2011. It will be the first time that the Amateur Public Links Championships are conducted jointly.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is built on a stretch of sand dunes perched along Oregons Pacific coastline. The first course, Bandon Dunes, opened in 1999 and was designed by David McLay Kidd. A second course, Pacific Dunes, followed in 2001 and was designed by Tom Doak. The design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw fashioned a third layout, Bandon Trails, in 2005. A fourth course, Old McDonald, and created by resort owner Mike Keiser, is scheduled to open in 2010.
Mike Keisers vision for Bandon Dunes was to build golf courses that would compare to some of the top private clubs in America, yet remain open to the public, said Josh Lesnik, president of Kemper Sports, which manages the property on Keisers behalf. Mike also has a history of supporting and promoting amateur golf.
Bandon Dunes has previously hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match (won by the USA 11 to 6); and the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship (won by Trip Kuehne). The state of Oregon has hosted 31 previous USGA championships, most recently the 2008 U.S. Womens Amateur at Eugene Country Club (won by Amanda Blumenherst).