Over the course of five months starting in June, USGA championships will be played in 13 states and make return stops to nine familiar courses. The schedule concludes in October with the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Mid-Amateur championships in South Carolina and Delaware, respectively.
The U.S. Open, scheduled June 12-15, is the years first of 16 events and 13 national championships conducted by the USGA. Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill., will welcome the worlds best golfers, including Woods, who will be trying to defend his title and win his third U.S. Open. He also won three U.S. Junior Amateurs (1991-93) and three U.S. Amateurs (1994-96). He is one behind Bob Jones, who won nine USGA titles from 1923 through 1930.
Olympia Fields hosted the U.S. Senior Open in 1997, won by Graham Marsh, but hasnt hosted an Open since 1928, the year Johnny Farrell beat Bob Jones in a playoff.
The U.S. Senior Open will be played from June 26-29 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, the site of four previous U.S. Opens. The U.S. Womens Open will follow from July 3-6 when the championship makes a second visit to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.
Alison Nicholas of England won the first Womens Open at Pumpkin Ridge, in 1995.
Local (18 holes) and sectional (36 holes) qualifying will again be conducted to award spots for the Womens Open to non-exempt golfers. This practice was initiated in 2002.
The USGAs amateur championships spend June through August on the East Coast, with the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links starting the schedule from June 17-22 at a recently-opened venue; Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla. Another relatively new club, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., will host the U.S. Amateur Public Links from July 14-19.
Staying in the mid-Atlantic region, the USGAs two junior champions will be held concurrently from July 21-26. The U.S. Girls Junior will be played at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., while the U.S. Junior Amateur stops at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.
The winners of each of the junior championships will gain an exemption into the respective amateur championships in August in Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Womens Amateur will be played from Aug. 4-10 at Philadelphia Country Club, site of three national championships, but none since 1949. The U.S. Amateur, set for Aug. 18-24, returns to the USGA-friendly venue of Oakmont Country Club, host of 12 previous USGA events, including seven Opens.
The Amateur winner will be busy, too, as he likely will be asked to join a 10-man U.S. team that will oppose a team from Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup Match, from Sept. 6-7 at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England. The USA has an overwhelming 31-6-1 lead in the biennial series, but the European squad has won three of the last four matches.
The senior amateur events also start on Sept. 6 back in the United States. The USGA Senior Amateur, for men age 55 and older, is scheduled from Sept. 6-11 at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Tenn. The USGA Senior Womens Amateur, for women age 50 and older, is from Sept. 6-11 at Barton Creek Resort and Club in Austin, Texas. Carol Semple Thompson, 54, of Sewickley, Pa., has won the last four Senior Womens titles.
The mid-amateur championships, for golfers age 25 and older, will be held in from Oct. 11-16. The U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur will be hosted by Long Cove Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C. The U.S. Mid-Amateur will be contested at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Del.
The top three amateurs from each state also will be selected for the USGA Womens and Mens State Team Championships, run concurrently from Sept. 16-18 in the Boston area. The womens championship will be held at Wellesley Country Club while the mens championship will be played at Charles River Country Club. The best two of the three scores will count toward the team total each of the three days.
USGA 2003 CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
U.S. Open June 12-15 Olympia Fields Country Club
Olympia Fields, Ill.
U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links June 17-22 Ocean Hammock Golf Club
Palm Coast, Fla.
U.S. Senior Open June 26-29 Inverness Club
U.S. Womens Open July 3-6 Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
North Plains, Ore.
U.S. Amateur Public Links July 14-19 Blue Heron Pines Golf Club
U.S. Girls Junior July 21-26 Brooklawn Country Club
U.S. Junior Amateur July 21-26 Columbia Country Club
Chevy Chase, Md.
U.S. Womens Amateur Aug.4-10 Philadelphia Country Club
U.S. Amateur Aug. 18-24 Oakmont Country Club
Walker Cup Match Sept. 6-7 Ganton Golf Club
North Yorkshire, England
USGA Senior Womens Amateur Sept. 6-11 Barton Creek Resort and Club
USGA Senior Amateur Sept. 6-11 The Virginia Golf Club
USGA Womens State Team Sept. 16-18 Wellesley Country Club
USGA Mens State Team Sept. 16-18 Charles River Country Club
Newton Centre, Mass.
U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur Oct. 11-16 Long Cove Golf Club
Hilton Head, S.C.
U.S. Mid-Amateur Oct. 11-16 Wilmington Country Club