'We are very pleased with these fine site selections for the 2006 U.S. Senior Open and the 2006 U.S. Amateur,' Fred Ridley, chairman of the USGA Championship Committee, said. 'The caliber of these golf courses and their past successes as USGA championship host sites weighed favorably in the committee's decisions.'
The 2006 Senior Open will be contested from August 3-6 and becomes the sixth USGA championship to be held at Pumpkin Ridge. Bob Cupp designed both the Ghost Creek and Witch Hollow Courses at Pumpkin Ridge, which opened in 1992.
Tiger Woods won his unprecedented third consecutive Amateur title at Pumpkin Ridge in 1996 when he bested Steve Scott in the final match over 38 holes. The following year, Alison Nicholas defeated Nancy Lopez by a stroke to capture the 1997 U.S. Women's Open.
Last year, the 2000 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2000 U.S. Girls' Junior Championships were played concurrently at Pumpkin Ridge. Matthew Rosenfeld captured the Junior Amateur while Lisa Ferrero won the Girls' Junior. Pumpkin Ridge is also scheduled as the site of the 2004 U.S. Women's Open.
The 2006 Amateur will be played at Hazeltine National Golf Club from August 21-27. Robert Trent Jones performed the original design work at Hazeltine, which opened in 1962. His son, Rees Jones, completed some redesign work in 1990.
Six previous USGA championships have been contested at Hazeltine, including two U.S. Opens. Tony Jacklin captured the 1970 U.S. Open by a convincing seven-stroke margin, while Payne Stewart prevailed in a playoff by two strokes over Scott Simpson in 1991.
Other USGA championships played at Hazeltine include two Women's Opens. Sandra Spuzich won the 1966 Women's Open at the club, while Hollis Stacy captured the first of her three Women's Open trophies in 1977. Billy Casper won the 1983 Senior Open at Hazeltine in a playoff over Rod Funseth. Most recently, Tim Jackson defeated Tommy Brennan, 1 up, during the final match of the 1994 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
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