1 History 2 Competitions organized by the USGA
2.1 Open championships 2.2 Individual amateur championships 2.3 Team amateur championships 2.4 State team championships 2.5 International team competitions 2.6 Discontinued championships 2.7 Multiple event winners 2.8 Most career USGA championships won 2.9 Virtual USGA Championship
3 See also 4 References 5 External links
The USGA was originally formed in 1894 to resolve the question of a
national amateur championship. Earlier that year, the Newport Country
Club and Saint Andrew's
U.S. Open – no age or gender restrictions, Handicap Index
requirement of 1.4 or less. Established in 1895, it is the
second-oldest of the four major championships.
U.S. Women's Open
The last win by an amateur at the U.S. Open was 85 years ago in
1933 and an amateur has won the women's event only once, 51 years
ago in 1967.
The USGA also conducts the
U.S. Senior Open
U.S. Senior Open
Individual amateur championships Professional golf in the U.S. is mainly run by the PGA Tour, the LPGA, and the PGA of America. However, the USGA is at the heart of amateur golf in the country and organizes the 10 national amateur championships. The leading events are open to all age groups, but are usually won by golfers in their early twenties who are working towards a career in professional tournament golf:
U.S. Amateur – no age or gender restrictions, handicap index of 2.4 or less, established in 1895. U.S. Women's Amateur – no age restrictions, females with a handicap index of 5.4 or less, established in 1895.
There are two championships for players under age 18:
And two for senior golfers:
U.S. Senior Amateur – no gender restriction, players age 55 & older, handicap index of 7.4 or less, established in 1955 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur – women age 50 & older with a handicap index of 18.4 or less, established in 1962
Because the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur became increasingly dominated by future tournament professionals, two national championships were added in the 1980s for "career amateurs" who were 25 years of age & older:
U.S. Mid-Amateur – no gender restriction, players age 25 & older, handicap index of 3.4 or less, established in 1981 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur – women age 25 & older with a handicap index of 9.4 or less, established in 1987
Team amateur championships These team events were announced by the USGA in 2013 as the replacements for the discontinued Public Links championships, and played for the first time in 2015. Both are contested by two-member teams in four-ball matches. Partners are not required to be from the same club, political subdivision, or country.
State team championships The USGA men's and women's state team championships were first conducted in 1995 as a part of the USGA's Centennial celebration. The two championships were conducted biennially in odd-numbered years through 2009. Since 2010, the men's championship has been conducted in even-numbered years and the women's championship in odd-numbered years. According to NCAA rules, college golfers are not eligible.
USGA Men's State Team Championship USGA Women's State Team Championship
International team competitions
The USGA, in cooperation with The R&A, co-organizes two biennial
amateur team competitions between the
Walker Cup – 10-man male teams, played in odd-numbered years.
Curtis Cup – 8-woman teams, played in even-numbered years. The
upcoming 2018 edition will be the first in which The R&A will be
directly involved. Previously, the Ladies'
Through its membership of the International
Discontinued championships There had been two events for "public-course" golfers, but the USGA announced in 2013 that both would be discontinued after their 2014 editions. Members of private golf clubs were excluded from these championships.
U.S. Amateur Public Links – popularly known as the "Publinx"; no gender restriction, handicap index of 4.4 or less, established in 1922 and discontinued in 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links – popularly known as the "Women's Publinx"; women with a handicap index of 18.4 or less, established in 1977 and discontinued in 2014
Multiple event winners Only eight golfers have won more than one USGA individual event in the same year:
Five people have won three different USGA individual events in their careers:
JoAnne Carner (née Gunderson) – Girls' Jr - 1956; Women's Am -
1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968; Women's Open - 1971, 1976
Thirty-nine other people have won two different USGA individual events in their careers, and one has won USGA individual and team events:
Note: Multiple winners of individual events can be found in that event's article. Most career USGA championships won
Bobby Jones: 9 – Open - 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930; Amat - 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930 Tiger Woods: 9 – Jr Amat - 1991, 1992, 1993; Amat - 1994, 1995, 1996; Open - 2000, 2002, 2008 JoAnne Carner: 8 – Girls' Jr - 1956; Women's Am - 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968; Women's Op - 1971, 1976 Jack Nicklaus: 8 – Amat - 1959, 1961; Open - 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980; Sr Open - 1991, 1993 Anne Quast (aka Decker, Welts, Sander): 7 – Women's Am - 1958, 1961, 1963; Sr Women's Am - 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993 Ellen Port: 7 – Women's Mid-Am - 1995, 1996, 2000, 2011; Sr. Women's Am - 2012, 2013, 2016 Carol Semple Thompson: 7 – Women's Am - 1973; Women's Mid-Am - 1990, 1997; Sr Women's Am - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Glenna Collett (Vare): 6 – Women's Am - 1922, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935 Hollis Stacy: 6 – Girls' Jr - 1969, 1970, 1971; Women's Open - 1977, 1978, 1984 Jerome Travers: 5 – Amat - 1907, 1908, 1912, 1913; Open - 1915 Mickey Wright: 5 – Girls' Jr - 1952; Women's Op - 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964 Carolyn Cudone: 5 – Sr Women's Am - 1968-1972 Dorothy Germain Porter: 5 – Women's Am - 1949; Sr. Women's Am - 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983 Jay Sigel: 5 – Amat - 1982, 1983; Mid-Am - 1983, 1985, 1987 Hale Irwin: 5 – Open - 1974, 1979, 1990; Sr Open 1998, 2000 Juli Inkster: 5 – Women's Am - 1980, 1981, 1982; Women's Open - 1999, 2002 Nathan Smith: 5 – Mid-Am – 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012; Four-Ball – 2015
Virtual USGA Championship
The USGA partnered with World
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