US Amateur fact sheet


2008 U.S. AmateurThe 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship will take place August 18-24 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Courses No. 2 and No. 4) in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. GOLF CHANNEL will have exclusive coverage of the most prestigious amateur event in the country, beginning Monday. The following is a U.S. Amateur fact sheet:


The No. 2 course at Pinehurst will play at 7,281 yards and par 35-35 ' 70. The No. 4 course at Pinehurst, which will be used for the first two days of stroke play only, will play at 7,030 yards and par 35-35 ' 70.
Donald Ross designed the No. 2 course, which opened for play over 18 holes in 1907. Ross would fine-tune the layout several times through 1946. More recently, Rees Jones did renovations to the course prior to the 1999 U.S. Open. Ross also designed the original No. 4 course, which opened for play in 1919. The most recent renovation was directed by Tom Fazio in 1999.
The No. 2 course at Pinehurst Resort will be set for green speeds of approximately 11 feet, 6 inches on the Stimpmeter. The greens are Penn G-2 grass. A strip of intermediate rough of Common and Tifway Bermudagrass on each side of the fairways will be cut to 1 inches in height. The primary rough will be grown to 2 inches (20 feet of width outside the intermediate cut). A more penal secondary rough will be at 3 inches.
The No. 2 course setup at Pinehurst will result in a USGA Course Rating of 76.2 and a Slope Rating of 140. The setup for course No. 4 will result in a Course Rating of 74.2 and a Slope Rating of 138. An average Slope Rating in the U.S. is about 113.
Pinehurst has hosted eight USGA championships, more than any other club in North Carolina. Included in the mix are two U.S. Opens and one U.S. Amateur. It hosted the Open in 1999 and 2005, and will again play host in 2014. The Amateur was contested at Pinehurst in 1962.
Year and Championship ' Winner:
  • 2005 U.S. Open ' Michael Campbell, 280 (E), by two strokes over Tiger Woods.
  • 1999 U.S. Open ' Payne Stewart, 279 (-1), by one stroke over Phil Mickelson.
  • 1994 U.S. Senior Open ' Simon Hobday, 274 (-10), by one stroke over Jim Albus and Graham Marsh.
  • 1989 U.S. Womens Amateur ' Vicki Goetze-Ackerman def. Brandie Burton, 4 and 3.
  • 1980 Mens World Amateur Team ' USA (848) by 27 strokes over South Africa.
  • 1980 Womens World Amateur Team ' USA (588) by seven strokes over Australia.
  • 1967 World Senior Amateur Team Championship ' USA (discontinued after 1969).
  • 1962 U.S. Amateur ' Labron Harris Jr. def. Downing Gray, 1 up.
    Colt Knost, 22, of Dallas, Texas, holed a 20-foot birdie putt for a win on the 31st hole and led the rest of the way in defeating Michael Thompson of Tucson, Ariz., in the 36-hole championship match, 2 and 1. Knost also won the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links, becoming the second player in history to win both the APL and Amateur in the same year (Ryan Moore in 2004), and was a member of the winning USA Walker Cup team last September. He has since turned professional.
    Quarterfinalists from 2007 are fully exempt from having to qualify for the 2008 championship. Those exempt and entered (5) are Derek Fathauer of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Eddie Olson of Aptos, Calif.; Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei; Nick Taylor of Canada; and Jhonattan Vega of Venezuela
    Nine USGA champions are entered in the 2008 U.S. Amateur field. They are listed below:
  • Austin Eaton III, New London, N.H. ' 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. ' 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. ' 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
  • Sihwan Kim, Buena Park, Callif. ' 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
  • Jack Newman, Des Moines, Iowa ' 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion
  • Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash. ' 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
  • Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. ' 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla. ' 2005 U.S. Junior champion
  • Dave Womack, McDonough, Ga. ' 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
    There are 28 golfers who were exempt from having to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Amateur, including seven of the nine USGA champions listed above, The eight who are exempt due to qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Open are Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif.; Derek Fathauer of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif.; Jimmy Henderson of Lebanon, Ohio; Michael Quagliano of White Plains, N.Y.; Nick Taylor of Canada; Kevin Tway of Edmond, Okla.; and Jeff Wilson of Fairfield, Calif.
    Members of the 2005 and 2007 USA Walker Cup team are exempt into the 2008 U.S. Amateur. The members of the 2007 USA team playing are Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif.; Billy Horschel of Gainesville, Fla.; Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; and Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash. Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., was a 2005 team member. Jonathan Caldwell of Northern Ireland was a member of the 2007 team for Great Britain and Ireland.
    The champion receives an exemption into the 2009 U.S. Open and British Open, and a probable invitation to play in the 2009 Masters Tournament, if he remains an amateur. He also receives a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Amateur field so long as he remains an amateur.
    Following two days of stroke play (Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 18-19), the field of 312 golfers will be reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. All matches are 18 holes except the final match. The 36-hole championship final match is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24.
    The first and second rounds of stroke play are set for Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 18-19) at Pinehurst Resorts No. 2 and No. 4 courses. All match-play rounds will be played at the No. 2 course, beginning Wednesday (Aug. 20). A single round of match play is scheduled on Wednesday, followed by the second and third rounds on Thursday (Aug. 21), and single rounds again from Friday-Sunday (Aug. 22-24).
    The U.S. Amateur will have 13 hours of coverage on the GOLF CHANNEL over the last five days of the championship.
  • First Round Matches ' Wed. (Aug. 20), 1-4 p.m. (EDT)
  • Third Round Matches ' Thurs. (Aug. 21), 12-2 p.m. (EDT)
  • Quarterfinal Matches ' Fri. (Aug. 22), 12-2 p.m. (EDT)
  • Semifinal Matches ' Sat. (Aug. 23), 1-4 p.m. (EDT)
  • Championship Match ' Sun. (Aug. 24), 1-4 p.m. (EDT)
    In 2009, the Amateur will be played from Aug. 24-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.; the 2010 championship is scheduled from Aug. 23-29 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.; and the 2011 Amateur is planned for Aug. 22-28 at Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wis.