Thursday, July 01, 2010

Atlanta Athletic Club to stage 2014 US Amateur

The Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Georgia, has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the host of the 2014 United States men's mateur championship from August 18 to 24.
This will be the sixth USGA national championship to be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Previously, the club hosted the 1976 U.S. Open (won by Jerry Pate); the 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur (won by Michael Podolak); the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open (won by Betsy King); and the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Charlie Beljan) at its Duluth, Ga., location. It was also the host of the 1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Beverly Hanson) on its original course known as East Lake.
“Atlanta Athletic Club is proud to continue its tradition of hosting national championships,” said Chris Borders, the club’s general manager. “With a long history of Atlanta Athletic Club member amateurs who have played in the U.S. Amateur, such as Bob Jones, Charlie Yates, Watts Gunn, Charlie Harrison and Tommy Barnes, it is a pleasure for us to play host to this prestigious championship.”
The Atlanta Athletic Club was founded in 1898 and was the home club of legendary amateur Bob Jones, who won the U.S. Amateur in 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928 and 1930, and the U.S. Open in 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1930. Jones defeated fellow Atlanta Athletic Club member Watts Gunn in the 1925 U.S. Amateur Championship final.
The club’s Highlands Course and Riverside Course were designed by Robert Trent Jones senior, with Joe Finger assisting on the Highlands Course, and opened in 1964. Both courses will be used for the 2014 U.S. Amateur.



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