Cherry Hills Country Club to host 2012 US Amateur


USGAFAR HILLS, N.J. ' The U.S. Golf Association announced Saturday that Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., has been selected as site for the 2012 U.S. Amateur, held Aug. 20-26, 2012.
In addition, Colorado Golf Club in Parker will be used for the stroke-play portion of the championship.
Cherry Hills was designed by William Flynn, opened in 1922 and will host its ninth USGA championship and second U.S. Amateur. Phil Mickelson captured his only U.S. Amateur title at Cherry Hills in 1990.
The club has also been the site of three U.S. Opens: 1938, won by Ralph Guldahl; 1960, won by Arnold Palmer; and 1978, won by Andy North. In addition, the 1993 U.S. Senior Open (won by Jack Nicklaus) and the 2005 U.S. Womens Open (won by Birdie Kim) were played at the club.
Cherry Hills also hosted the 1978 USGA Senior Amateur and the 1983 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships. In addition to those USGA championships, the club hosted the 1941 and 1985 PGA Championships.
Cherry Hills most memorable championship is Palmers come-from-behind victory in the 1960 U.S. Open. Seven shots back entering the final 18 holes, he drove the par-4 first hole en route to a 65 and an improbable two-stroke victory over Nicklaus, then a 20-year-old amateur. It was Palmers only U.S. Open title.
The members of Cherry Hills Country Club are proud of its longstanding relationship with the USGA, said Tim Schmidt, Cherry Hills president. The invitation to host the 2012 U.S. Amateur gives the club the opportunity to bring to Colorado the best amateur golf championship in the country.
This year the U.S. Amateur will be played at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 24-30. Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., hosts the championship in 2010, and in 2011 it will be contested at Erin Hills G.C. in Erin, Wis.