The Country Club to Host 2013 U.S. Amateur

The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., has been selected by the United States Golf Association to host the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship. The event will be held August 19-25.

The Country Club's hosting of the 2013 U.S. Amateur will coincide with the centennial of Francis Ouimet's victory in the 1913 U.S. Open at the historic course. Ouimet, a 20-year-old amateur at the time, defeated Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, two of the greatest English golf professionals of the day, in a playoff. The victory marked the first time an amateur won the U.S. Open and is widely credited with spreading the popularity of golf in America. Ouimet later won the U.S. Amateur in 1914 and 1931.

The 2013 U.S. Amateur will be the 16th USGA championship hosted by The Country Club, one of five founding member clubs of the United States Golf Association in 1894.

"The Country Club is thrilled to have the opportunity to host one of golf's most prestigious events for the sixth time," said Sandy Tierney, chairman of the 2013 U.S. Amateur. "Amateur golf, in general, and the U.S. Amateur Championship, in particular, meant a great deal to Francis Ouimet and continue to be highly valued by The Country Club. The 2013 U.S. Amateur will offer a wonderful stage to celebrate amateur golf and the centennial anniversary of Mr. Ouimet's unforgettable achievement."

Previous USGA championships played at the club include five U.S. Amateurs 1910, won by William C. Fownes Jr.; 1922, won by Jess Sweetser; 1934, won by W. Lawson Little Jr.; 1957, won by Hillman Robbins Jr.; and 1982, won by Jay Sigel; three U.S. Opens (1913, 1963, 1988), three U.S. Women's Amateurs (1902, 1941, 1995), two Walker Cup Matches (1932, 1973), the 1968 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 1953 U.S. Girls' Junior.

The Country Club evolved as a collaborative design. In 1893, the first six holes were designed by the club's first golf committee, which included members Arthur Hunnewell, Laurence Curtis and Robert Bacon. After he was the professional in 1894, Willie Campbell added three new holes and redesigned the original six. The club was expanded to 18 holes in 1899. In 1927, William Flynn designed a third nine called Primrose.

The course used for championships, including the U.S. Amateur, is a composite that incorporates three-and-a-half holes from Primrose. Golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish made revisions before the 1963 U.S. Open, and Rees Jones later oversaw a remodel in preparation for the 1988 U.S. Open.

Charles River Country Club in Newton Centre, Mass., will serve as the second course for the stroke-play rounds of the championship. Designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1921, the club hosted the 2003 USGA Men's State Team Championship.

In 2013, The Country Club will have hosted more USGA championships than any other club except for Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. With the 2013 U.S. Amateur, The Country Club and Merion will have hosted the U.S. Amateur a record six times.

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