US Amateur underway on Monday 11th
BY Bruce Young | 09 Aug 2014
The 2014 US Amateur Championship begins at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth in Georgia, the facility the home for three PGA Championships, the 1976 US Open and the 1963 Ryder Cup amongst many others.
The US Amateur Championship is the holy grail of amateur golf, not only because the prestigious title it offers but because it can play a great role in establishing a young hopeful’s professional career and offer starts at the Masters, the US Open and the Open Championship.
This week’s venue has yet to stage the US Amateur Championship but it has hosted the US Women’s Amateur Championship.
Atlanta Athletic Club has two championship layouts, the Highlands and Riverside courses and both will be used in the qualifying rounds.
A field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 11 and 12, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 13 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole championship match on Aug. 17.
Australia is represented by their leading world ranked amateur Victorian, Lucas Herbert, and fellow Victorians Todd Sinnot and recent world junior champion, Ryan Ruffels, Queenslander, Taylor MacDonald, World Gold Coaster, Kade McBride and West Australians Curtis Luck and Jarryd Felton.
The only Australian to have won the US Amateur Championship is Nick Flanagan who defeated Casey Wittenberg in 2003.