Home Course to be Assisting Course for 2010 U.S. Amateur

The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. has been selected by the USGA as the assisting course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship. The Home Course will assist the primary course, Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash., in conducting America's national amateur championship.

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) acquired the Home Course from the Weyerhaeuser Company on May 31, 2007, and opened it to the public on June 29. With the championship tees currently set at 7,437 yards, it will prove to be a stern test for the world's top amateur golfers.

"The beautiful views, rolling fairways, contoured greens and a minimum of water and trees at The Home Course will give golfers a challenge somewhat similar to Chambers Bay," said Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg. "We are very happy The Home Course will be our partner in this national event."

The first two days of the U.S. Amateur Championship will be 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, with 18 holes played at each host course, each day. The Home Course will assist Chambers Bay in hosting the field of 312 players who will be qualifying for the 64 spots in match play. Following the two days of stroke-play qualifying, the field of 312 will be reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play to determine the U.S. Amateur champion. The entire match-play portion of the championship will be played at Chambers Bay.

The Home Course is a walk-able layout with panoramic views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier, present throughout the golf course. It was designed by golf course architect Mike Asmundson of Scottsdale, Ariz. Asmundson, a graduate of the University of Washington, has constructed numerous courses in the Desert Southwest and in South America. He also owns Discovery Bay Golf Course in Port Townsend, Wash.

"The PNGA and WSGA are deeply grateful to the USGA for providing the opportunity to assist in hosting our nation's most important amateur competition," said PNGA and WSGA CEO/Executive Director, John Bodenhamer. "While an important part of our vision for the Home Course is hosting competitions of excellence, this particular championship has extra special meaning, considering our long-standing relationship with the USGA," added Bodenhamer. "We also look forward to partnering with Pierce County and their new world class facility, Chambers Bay Golf Course."

The last time the U.S. Amateur was played in the state of Washington, was at Seattle Golf Club in 1952, when two of the Northwest's greatest golfers, Jack Westland of Everett, Wash. and Al Mengert of Spokane met in the final match. Westland won 3 and 1.

The Home Course will eventually house the offices of the WSGA, PNGA, and USGA activities in the Northwest, as well as other allied golf associations. In following the associationís vision, the facility will also serve as a home for junior golf programs, caddie programs, environmental stewardship and turfgrass research. Each year, the Home Course will also host some WSGA and PNGA championships and USGA national championship sectional qualifiers. For more information about the Home Course, visit www.thehomecourse.com.