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History of Championship

History of the U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest USGA championship and it was created in 1895 because of a controversy. In 1894, two clubs — Newport (R.I.) Golf Club and New York’s St. Andrew’s Golf Club — had conducted invitational championships to attract the nation’s top amateur players. Both clubs proclaimed their winners as the national champion, while Charles Blair Macdonald, a prominent player and course architect, was the runner-up in both. Before the final day of the St. Andrew’s tournament, it was announced that an association composed of all the clubs in the United States would be formed in the ensuing months. This new national governing body would oversee a universally recognized championship and create a written set of rules.

With that, representatives from Newport Golf Club, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., and Chicago Golf Club founded the USGA on Dec. 22, 1894, and the inaugural U.S. Amateur Championship was conducted the following year, along with the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Amateur. The Amateur and Open Championships were conducted at Newport Golf Club during the same week of October and Macdonald became the first U.S. Amateur champion.

Since the inaugural event, the U.S. Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions, including Bob Jones, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. In 1930, Jones completed his Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Amateur at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Woods, in 1996, became the first to win three consecutive Amateur titles.

History of Champions

Year Course Location Champion
2018 Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California  
2017 The Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California  
2016 Oakland Hills Country Club Bloomfield Township, iMichigan Curtis Luck
2015 Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois Bryson DeChambeau
2014 Atlanta Athletic Club Atlanta, Georgia Gunn Yang
2013 The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts Matthew Fitzpatrick
2012 Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado Steven Fox
2011 Erin Hills Erin, Wisconsin Kelly Kraft
2010 Chambers Bay University Place, Washington Peter Uihlein
2009 Southern Hills Country Club Tulsa, Oklahoma Byeong-Hun An
2008 Pinehurst Resort and Country Club Pinehurst, North Carolina Danny Lee
2007 The Olympic Club San Francisco, California Colt Knost
2006 Hazeltine National Golf Club Chaska, Minnesota Richie Ramsay
2005 Merion Golf Club Ardmore, Pennsylvania Edoardo Molinari
2004 Winged Foot Golf Club Mamroneck, New York Ryan Moore
2003 Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania Nick Flanagan
2002 Oakland Hills Country Club Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Ricky Barnes
2001 East Lake Golf Club Atlanta, Georgia Ben Dickerson
2000 Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield, New Jersey Jeff Quinney
1999 Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California David Gossett
1998 Oak Hill Country Club Pittsford, New York Hank Kuehne
1997 Cog Hill Golf and Country Club Lemont, Illinois Matt Kuchar
1996 Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club North Plains, Oregon Tiger Woods
1995 Newport Country Club Newport, Rhode Island Tiger Woods
1994 Tournament Player's Club at Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Tiger Woods
1993 Champions Golf Club Houston, Texas John Harris
1992 Muirrfield Village Golf Club Dublin, Ohio Justin Leonard
1991 The Honors Course Ooltewah, Tennessee Mitch Voges
1990 Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado Phil Mickelson
1989 Merion Golf Club Ardmore, Pennsylvania Chris Patton
1988 Virginia Hot Springs Golf and Tennis Club Hot Springs, Virginia Eric Meeks
1987 Jupiter Hills Club Jupiter, Florida Bill Mayfair
1986 Shoal Creek Country Club Birmingham, Alabama Stewart Alexander
1985 Montclair Golf Club West Orange, New Jersey Sam Randolph
1984 Oak Tree Golf Club Edmond, Oklahoma Scott Verplank
1983 North Shore Country Club Glenview, Illinois Jay Sigel
1982 The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts Jay Sigel
1981 The Olympic Club San Francisco, California Nathaniel Crosby
1980 Country Club of North Carolina Pinehurst, North Carolina Hal Sutton
1979 Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio Mark O'Meara
1978 Plainfield Country Club Edison, New Jersey John Cook
1977 Aronimink Golf Club Newtown Square, Pennsylvania John Fought
1976 Bel-Air Country Club Los Angeles, California Bill Sander
1975 Country Club of Virginia Richmond, Virginia Fred Riley
1974 Ridgewood Country Club Ridgewood, New Jersey Jerry Pate
1973 Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio Craig Stadler
1972 Charlotte Country Club Charlotte, North Carolina Vinny Giles
1971 Wilmington Country Club Wilmington, Delaware Gary Cowan
1970 Waverley Country Club Portland, Oregon Lanny Wadkins
1969 Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania Steve Melnyk
1968 Scioto Country Club Upper Arlington, Ohio Bruce Fleisher
1967 Broadmoor Golf Club Colorado Springs, Colorado Bob Dickson
1966 Merion Golf Club Ardmore, Pennsylvania Gary Cowan
1965 Southern Hills Country Club Tulsa, Oklahoma Bob Murphy
1964 Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio William C. Campbell
1963 Wakonda Club Des Moines, Iowa Deane Beman
1962 Pinehurst Resort and Country Club Pinehurst, North Carolina Labron Harris, Jr.
1961 Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California Jack Nicklaus
1960 St. Louis Country Club St. Louis, Missouri Deane Beman
1959 Broadmoor Golf Course Colorado Springs, Colorado Jack Nicklaus
1958 Olympic Club San Francisco, California Charles Coe
1957 The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts Hillman Robbins
1956 Knollwood Club Granada Hills, California Harvie Ward
1955 Country Club of Virginia Richmond, Virginia Harvie Ward
1954 Country Club of Detroit Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Arnold Palmer
1953 Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Gene Littler
1952 Seattle Golf Club Seattle, Washington Jack Westland
1951 Saucon Valley Country Club Allentown, Pennsylvania Billy Maxwell
1950 Minneapolis Golf Club Minneapolis, Minnesota Sam Urzetta
1949 Oak Hill Country Club Pittsford, New York Charles Coe
1948 Memphis Country Club Memphis, Tennessee Willie Turnesa
1947 Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California Skee Riegel
1946 Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield, New Jersey Ted Bishop
1941 Omaha Field Club Omaha, Nebraska Bud Ward
1940 Winged Foot Golf Club Mamaroneck, New York Bud Ward
1939 North Shore Country Club Glenview, Illinois Dick Chapman
1938 Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania Willie Turnesa
1937 Alderwood Country Club Portland, Oregon Johnny Goodman
1936 Garden City Golf Club Garden City, New York John Fischer
1935 The Country Club Cleveland, Ohio Lawson Little
1934 The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts Lawson Little
1933 Kenwood Country Club Cincinnati, Ohio George Dunlap
1932 Baltimore Country Club Baltimore, Maryland Ross Somerville
1931 Beverly Country Club Chicago, Illinois Francis Ouimet
1930 Merion Golf Club Ardmore, Pennsylvania Bobby Jones
1929 Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California Harrison R. Johnston
1928 Brae Burn Country Club West Newton, Massachusetts Bobby Jones
1927 Minikahda Club Minneapolis, Minnesota Bobby Jones
1926 Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield, New Jersey George Von Elm
1925 Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania Bobby Jones
1924 Merion Golf Club Ardmore, Pennsylvania Bobby Jones
1923 Flossmoor Country Club Flossmoor, Illinois Max R. Marston
1922 The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts Jess Sweetser
1921 St. Louis Country Club St. Louis, Missouri Jesse P. Guilford
1920 Engineers Country Club Roslyn Harbor, New York Chick Evans
1919 Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania S. Davidson Herron
1916 Merion Golf Club Ardmore, Pennsylvania Chick Evans
1915 Country Club of Detroit Detroit, Michigan Robert A. Gardner
1914 Ekwanok Country Club Machester, Vermont  Francis Ouimet
1913 Garden City Golf Club Garden City, New York Jerome Travers
1912 Chicago Golf Club Chicago, Illinois Jerome Travers
1911 The Apawamis Club Rye, New York Harold Hilton
1910 The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts William C. Fownes Jr.
1909 Chicago Golf Club Chicago, Illinois Robert A. Gardner
1908 Garden City Golf Club Garden City, New York Jerome Travers
1907 Euclid Club Cleveland, Ohio Jerome Travers
1906 Englewood Golf Club Englewood, New Jersey Eben Byers
1905 Chicago Golf Club Chicago, Illinois Chandler Egan
1904 Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield, New Jersey Chandler Egan
1903 Nassau Country Club Glen Cove, New York Walter Travis
1902 Glen View Club Golf, Illinois Louis N. James
1901 Atlantic City Country Club Atlantic City, New Jersey Walter Travis
1900 Garden City Golf Club Garden City, New York Walter Travis
1899 Onwentsia Club Lake Forest, Illinois Herbert M. Harriman
1898 Morris County Golf Club Morristown, New Jersey Findlay S. Douglas
1897 Chicago Golf Club Chicago, Illinois H. J. Whigham
1896 Shinnecock Hills Country Club Southampton, New York H. J. Whigham
1895 Newport Country Club Newport, Rhode Island Charles B. Macdonald