August 15 - 21, 2016
Founded in 1916, Oakland Hills Country Club has played, and will continue to play, a significant role in the history of championship golf in the United States. The South Course has played host to 16 of the most prestigious golf championships, including nine majors – six U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships, including the 90th PGA Championship in 2008 – as well as two U.S. Senior Opens; a U.S. Women’s Amateur; a U.S. Amateur; a Western Open; a Carling World Open, and the 35th Ryder Cup in 2004. Some of the greatest players ever to play the game including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Ben Hogan have competed and won on the famed South Course … “The Monster”.
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The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.
Oakland Hills Country Club
The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest USGA championship and 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 - conducted invitational tournaments to attract the nation's top amateur players. Both clubs proclaimed their winners as the national champion, so golf clearly needed a national governing body to conduct national championships, develop a single set of rules for all golfers to follow, and to promote the best interests of the game. With that, representatives from five clubs founded the USGA on Dec. 22, 1894. As a result, in 1895, its first full year of operation, the USGA conducted Amateur, Open, and Women's Amateur Championships. The first U.S. Amateur Championship was conducted at Newport Golf Club in October and Charles B. 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 Bobby Jones, Chick Evans, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods.
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