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Timeline: U.S. Amateur Public Links

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The U.S. Golf Association announced Monday that the men’s and women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links will no longer be contested following the 2014 event.

Here is a timeline of the tournament:


1922: Inaugural event was won by Eddie Held at Ottawa Park in Toledo, Ohio. There were 140 entries. Held joined a private club soon after his victory and was not eligible to defend his title in 1923

1927: Carl Kauffmann won the first of his three consecutive titles and is the only three-time champion of the event

1988: Ralph Howe III won and received the first invitation to the Masters (in 1989) as champion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links. An invitation to The Masters has been extended every year since

1997: Tim Clark defeated Ryuji Imada, 7 and 6. Trip Kuehne was medalist that year, shooting 134

1998: Trevor Immelman defeated Jason Dufner, 3 and 2, to win the championship

2003: Brandt Snedeker defeated Dayton Rose, 10 and 9, to win the championship

2004: Ryan Moore also defeated Dayton Rose, this time 6 and 5, to win the championship. Moore also won in 2002 

2005: Michelle Wie (then 15 years old) qualified for the championship, making her the first female ever to qualify for a USGA men’s event. She qualified for stroke play and eventually lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Clay Ogden

Notes: The championship has had varying formats. From 1922-47 there was stroke-play qualifying before match play; from 1948-55 the championship was stroke play only; from 1956-66 there was 36-hole stroke play before match play; from 1967-74 it was only stroke play; from 1975 to present the format has been 36-hole stroke play before match play. The introduction of the 8.4 handicap index limit was introduced in 2000


1977: Inaugural event, held on the East Course of Yahara Hills GC in Madison, Wis., was won by Kelly Fuiks. She won again in ’78 before turning pro 

1988: Pearl Sinn became the first women’s player to win both the U.S. Women’s Amateur as well as the Women’s Publinx in the same season. Jennifer Song also won both titles in 2009

2003: Michelle Wie became the youngest winner of an “adult” USGA championship when she won the Women’s Publinx at age 13

2004: Current women’s world No. 1 Yani Tseng defeated Wie, 1 up, to win at Golden Horseshoe GC in Williamsburg, Va.

2008: Tiffany Joh won her second of two WAPL titles with a 2-and-1 victory over Jennifer Song at Erin Hills. Joh also won in ’06

Notes: The final match moved to 36 holes for the first time in 2002. Fuiks, Lori Castillo, Sinn, Jo Jo Robertson and Joh are the only players to win the event multiple times. The handicap index limit of 18.4 was introduced in 2005. The WAPL team championship was held from 1977 to 2008.