(GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI) – The United States Golf Association has announced that the Country Club of Detroit, in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, as the host site for the 66th US Senior Amateur Championship. The club will host its third USGA championship, and its first since the 1954 US Amateur, won by Arnold Palmer.
The dates of the championship are August 29 through September 3, 2020.
“The Country Club of Detroit and state of Michigan have always been supportive of amateur golf and the USGA is appreciative of this steadfast relationship,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “We are confident that a course where two US Amateurs have been contested will provide a comprehensive examination as we identify the best senior amateur player.”
Founded in 1897, the Country Club of Detroit’s current course was designed by British golf architects Harry Colt and Charles Hugh Alison and opened for play in 1927. Robert Trent Jones Sr supervised a redesign in 1952 and Robert Trent Jones Jr followed with another redesign 44 years later.
In 2011, Michigan native Tom Doak restored the course, comprised of bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens, to its original Colt/Alison design. The club, a 212-acre venue 12 miles north of Detroit, also features a recently renovated Tudor Revival-style clubhouse.
“The Country Club of Detroit has had a long and storied tradition in amateur golf, and it is a great honor to have been awarded the 2020 US Senior Amateur Championship,” said Dainforth B French Jr, club president. “We are excited and proud to showcase our wonderful club, which was founded more than a century ago, and a championship golf course, now restored to its original design, to a national audience.”
The US Amateur Championship has been contested twice at the Country Club of Detroit. In 1915, Robert A Gardner won the second of his two US Amateur titles, defeating John G Anderson, 5 and 4, in the final. Gardner was also a US Amateur runner-up in 1916 and 1921.
Palmer defeated Robert Sweeny, 1 up, to win the 1954 US Amateur. The 24 year-old Palmer birdied the 32nd and 33rd holes to go ahead for good in the match.
Palmer, who later called the victory a turning point in his career, went on to win seven major professional titles, including the 1960 US Open, and was the 1981 US Senior Open champion.
On May 15, the Country Club of Detroit will host US Open local qualifying for the third time in the last six years. Additionally, the club will host the 2018 Michigan State Amateur, the sixth time it has been contested on the course. The Michigan State Women’s Amateur has also been held there five times.
The 2020 US Senior Amateur will be the 33rd USGA championship hosted in Michigan, and the third Senior Amateur. In 1984, Robert Rawlins was the champion at Birmingham Country Club, and in 1991, Bill Bosshard won at Crystal Downs Country Club, in Frankfort.
The US Senior Amateur was first played in 1955. The championship for golfers age 55 and older is open to any amateur with a Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4. This year’s US Senior Amateur will be played at The Minikahda Club, in Minneapolis, MN, from August 26 to 31. The 2018 championship is scheduled for August 25 to 30 at Eugene, OR, Country Club. In 2019, Old Chatham Golf Club, in Durham, NC, will host from August 24 to 29.
The USGA has also announced The Honors Course, in Ooltewah, TN, and The Kittansett Club, in Marion, MA, as the host sites for the 2021 and 2022 US Senior Amateur Championships, respectively. The 2021 Senior Amateur will be contested August 28 to September 2, while the 2022 Senior Amateur will be held August 27 to September 1.