Old Chatham Golf Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the host site for the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
Founded in 2001 by a small group of North Carolina businessmen that included former USGA president Jim Hyler and University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, Old Chatham Golf Club features a 7,234 yard, 18-hole championship course. It immaculate fairways and carefully groomed, fast greens are set in 400 acres of protected woodlands in a section of the Triangle’s rolling hills northeast of Jordan Lake.
Old Chatham has hosted several state and regional events, including the 2009 North Carolina Amateur and the 2014 North Carolina Mid-Amateur. The club also has been a frequent host of USGA qualifying events, most recently hosting a qualifier for the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in September 2015, but the the Senior Amateur will be the club’s first USGA national tournament.
Designed by Rees Jones, who has renovated seven U.S. Open courses, Old Chatham’s maximizes use of the land’s natural contours, and consecutive holes never follow the same direction. Jones completed a course enhancement project in 2012 that added undulation to six greens, nine new bunkers to five holes, and 45,000 native North American grass plants. Additionally, greens were converted from bentgrass to bermudagrass, and large areas of bermuda rough have been converted to native fescue grasses.
“It is an honor to be selected to host the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Old Chatham Golf Club,” said Allen Wilson, club president. “It has been part of our mission to support amateur golf since our founding in 2001, and on behalf of our membership, we are excited to welcome these distinguished competitors with our Southern hospitality.”
The U.S. Senior Amateur is open to amateur golfers who have reached age 55 on or before the start of the championship and who have a handicap index not exceeding 7.4. The championship features 36 holes of stroke play before the field is cut to the low 64 scorers for match play.
“The USGA is thrilled to welcome Old Chatham into our family of championship host sites,” Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman, said in a prepared statement. “We are confident the course will not only provide a great test of golf, but also a memorable experience for these seasoned players.”
This will be the 33rd USGA championship contested in North Carolina, which most recently hosted the historic back-to-back 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open championships in Pinehurst. Upcoming USGA championships in the Tar Heel State include the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and the 2019 U.S. Amateur, both at Pinehurst; the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club; and the 2019 Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines.
The 65th U.S. Senior Amateur is set be contested Aug. 24-29, 2019.
The 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur Championships will be held Sept. 17-22 at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Other upcoming USGA Senior Amateurs are planned for 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn.; and 2018 in Eugene, Ore..
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships.