The USGA has had quite a presence in Northern California throughout its history. Although located approximately 3,000 miles away in New Jersey, the USGA has hosted many events in the region and rarely goes more than a couple years without hosting a championship event. In 2013, two USGA championships will be held in NCGA territory, the U.S. Boys’ Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp and the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle GC.
The Northern California course that has the most enduring relationship hosting USGA events is none other than Pebble Beach Golf Links. The world famous golf course has hosted 11 USGA Championships dating all the way back to 1929 when it hosted the U.S. Amateur and most recently hosted the 2010 U.S. Open. The course has hosted five U.S. Opens (1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010) and is scheduled to host the 2019 Championship when the course celebrates its 100th year in existence. Besides the 1929 U.S. Amateur, the event was also held there in 1947, 1961 and most recently 1999 when it co-hosted the event with Spyglass Hill. The U.S. Women’s Amateur was held there in 1940 and 1948. Not far behind, Pebble Beach GL in hosting USGA Championships is The Olympic Club, which has hosted nine in its history. The San Francisco-based club has hosted five U.S. Opens (1955, 1966, 1987, 1998 and 2012), three U.S. Amateurs (1958, 1981, 2007) and a U.S. Junior Amateur (2004).
Other golf courses which have been repeated hosts include Del Paso CC, Del Rio GCC, Haggin Oaks GC, Harding Park GC, Lake Merced GC, Monterey Peninsula CC and Pasatiempo GC. Of this group Monterey Peninsula CC has the most with four, hosting two U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs (1968, 1976), a U.S. Senior Amateur (1958) and a U.S. Girls’ Junior (1952). Del Paso CC will soon match Monterey Peninsula with four when it hosts the 2015 U.S. Senior Open. The three events it has previously hosted are the U.S. Women’s Amateur (1957, 1976) and U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (1964). Lake Merced GC has hosted two championships before, the 1990 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2012 U.S Girls’ Junior, and is also a biennial host of U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in even years. Del Rio GCC hosted the 1976 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the 1990 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Sacramento’s Haggin Oaks hosted the 1963 U.S. Amateur Public Links and nearly 30 years later in 1992 hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Harding Park, which is more recently known as the site of the 2009 President’s Cup, hosted two U.S. Amateur Public Links in 1937 and 1956. Pasatiempo in Santa Cruz was the site of the 1986 U.S. Women’s Amateur and 2004 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.
Golf courses which have hosted one USGA event include California GC (1970 U.S. Senior Amateur), Carmel Valley Ranch GC (1975 U.S. Senior Amateur), Cypress Point Club (1981 Walker Cup), Peach Tree GCC (1986 U.S. Girls’ Junior), San Francisco GC (1974 Curtis Cup) San Joaquin CC (2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Stanford GC (1959 U.S. Junior Amateur) and Sunnyside CC (1981 U.S. Junior Amateur).
Not only have NCGA courses hosted several USGA events, NCGA members have quite a history finding success playing in them. Twenty-five individuals have won 35 USGA Championships over the years, the most recent being Monterey, California native Mina Harigae winning the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Charles Ferrera was the first from the region to win a USGA Championship winning the 1931 U.S. Public Links. World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster has the most of any player with five, winning three U.S. Women’s Amateurs (1980, 1981, 1982) and two U.S. Women’s Opens (1999, 2002).
Other multiple winners include Verne Callison, Kay Cockerill, Lawson Little, Johnny Miller and E. Harvie Ward. Callison won two U.S. Public Links played in two different formats. His 1960 win was a match play format, but his win seven years later in 1967 was competed as a stroke play event. Kay Cockerill won back-to-back U.S. Women’s Amateurs in 1986 and 1987. Lawson Little is one of 11 golfers to win a U.S. Open and U.S Amateur in a golfing career. His U.S. Open win came in 1940 defeating Gene Sarazen in an 18-hole playoff, this following two U.S. Amateur wins in 1934 and 1935. Before Johnny Miller won the 1973 U.S. Open with an incredible Sunday 63 at Oakmont CC, Miller won the U.S. Junior Amateur only nine years earlier in 1964. Miller is one of only two golfers to win both the U.S. Open and U.S Junior Amateur, the other golfer is Tiger Woods. E. Harvie Ward won a pair of U.S. Amateurs in consecutive years in 1955 and 1956.
Ken Venturi headlines the group of one-time winners with his 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional CC. Other winners not previously mentioned include Ricky Barnes (2002 U.S. Amateur), Mike Brannan (1971 U.S. Junior Amateur), William Colm (1975 U.S. Senior Amateur), Nathaniel Crosby (1981 U.S. Amateur), Dorothy Delasin (1996 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Lisa Ferrero (2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior), William Higgins (1964 U.S. Senior Amateur), Pat Hurst (1986 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Jamille Jose (1988 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Robert Lunn (1963 U.S. Amateur Public Links) David Nevatt (1974 U.S. Junior Amateur), Matthew Todd (1990 U.S. Junior Amateur), Ken Towns (1949 U.S. Amateur Public Links), Aly Trompas (1969 U.S. Junior Amateur), Marvin “Bud” Ward (1941 U.S. Amateur) and Jim Wiechers (1962 U.S. Junior Amateur).
Many USGA events involve a stroke-play qualifying for match play events and over the years several NCGA members have earned medalist honors with the most recent coming in 2012 by Shintaro Ban (U.S. Junior Amateur) and the first coming in 1936 by James Molinari (U.S. Public Links). Jeff Wilson has earned medalist honors five times in USGA events, more than any other NCGA member. Most recently he earned medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur in 2010. In 2000 Wilson earned outright medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur and shared medalist honors at the U.S. Mid-Amateur. What made his shared medalist honor unique was that he shared it with three other players two of which were fellow NCGA
members, Darryl Donovan and Jim Wilson. The follwing year at the 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur, Wilson tied the low record qualifying score with a 132 in 2001. The Fairfield resident went on to earn medalist honors in the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur for a third time in five years.
Two others have multiple medalist honors to their names: Mina Harigae (2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior, 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links) and Bobby Clampett (1976 U.S. Junior Amateur, 1979 U.S. Amateur). Others who have earned medalist honors at USGA events include Nathaniel Crosby (1979 U.S. Junior Amateur), Dorothy Delasin (1998 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Natalie Gulbis (1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur), Pat Hurst (1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur) and Christina Kim (2001 U.S. Girls’ Junior).
|April 24||Registration Deadline for U.S. Open Local Qualifying|
|May 1||Registration Deadline for U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying|
|May 6||U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Almaden CC||San Jose||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Butte Creek CC||Chico||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Sunnyside CC||Fresno||Pairings/Results|
|May 8||Registration Deadline for U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links|
|U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Half Moon Bay GL||Half Moon Bay||Pairings/Results|
|May 13||U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Ruby Hill GC||Pleasanton||Pairings/Results|
|May 20||U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying at Lake Merced GC||Daly City||Pairings/Results|
|May 22||Registration Deadline for U.S. Public Links Qualifying||Register|
|U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at The Reserve at Spanos Park||Stockton||Pairings/Results|
|May 29||Registration Deadline for U.S. Boys’ Junior Amateur||Register|
|Registration Deadline for U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur||Register|
|June 3||U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Big Canyon CC & Newport Beach CC||Newport Beach||Pairings/Results|
|June 5||Registration Deadline for U.S. Senior Open Local Qualifying||Register|
|June 13||U.S. Public Links Qualifying at Roddy Ranch GC||Antioch||Pairings/Results|
|June 24||U.S. Senior Open Local Qualifying at Corral de Tierra CC||Salinas||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Senior Open Local Qualifying at Green Valley CC||Fairfield||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Boys’ Junior Amateur Qualifying at Copper River CC||Fresno||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Boys’ Junior Amateur Qualifying at Yolo Fliers Club||Woodland||Pairings/Results|
|June 26||Registration Deadline for U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional Qualifying||Register|
|Registration Deadline for U.S. Amateur Qualifying||Register|
|July 1||U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Qualifying at Merced GCC||Merced||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Qualifying at Mira Vista GC||El Cerrito||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Boys’ Junior Amateur Qualifying at Stanford GC||Palo Alto||Pairings/Results|
|July 11||U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Sequoyah CC||Oakland||Pairings/Results|
|July 15||U.S. Amateur Qualifying at Castlewood CC||Pleasanton||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Amateur Qualifying at Del Rio CC||Modesto||Pairings/Results|
|July 17||Registration Deadline for U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifying||Register|
|Registration Deadline for U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Sectional Qualifying||Register|
|July 22||U.S. Amateur Qualifying at Shaffer’s Mill Club||Truckee||Pairings/Results|
|July 22-27||U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp||Truckee|
|July 29||U.S. Amateur Qualifying at Pasatiempo CC||Santa Cruz||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Amateur Qualifying at Santa Rosa GCC||Santa Rosa||Pairings/Results|
|August 5||U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifying at La Rinconada||Los Gatos||Pairings/Results|
|August 6||U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Pasatiempo CC||Santa Cruz||Pairings/Results|
|August 7||Registration Deadline for U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifying||Register|
|Registration Deadline for U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifying||Register|
|August 26||U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying at San Jose CC||San Jose||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying at Turlock GCC||Pairings/Results|
|September 9||U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying at El Macero CC||El Macero||Pairings/Results|
|U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifying at Silverado Resort||Napa||Pairings/Results|
|September 21-26||U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle GC||San Martin|