HILLS, N.J. (Jan. 13, 2015) – The Philadelphia Cricket Club has been
selected by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as the host site for the
2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The dates for the championship, which
will be the first USGA championship hosted by the club since the 1910 U.S.
Open, are May 23-27.
return to Philadelphia Cricket Club, with its three outstanding golf courses,
for the first time since the 1910 U.S. Open is truly historic," said Daniel B.
Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. "The
restoration work that was recently completed there is outstanding and our
Four-Ball teams will see their skills tested at the highest level. We are very
happy to return to this classic American golf club."
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be the third USGA championship conducted at
Philadelphia Cricket Club, which is home to three courses: St. Martins (now
nine holes), Wissahickon and Militia Hill (each 18 holes).
Wissahickon Course, which will host both the stroke-play qualifying and match-play
portions of the championship, was designed by A.W. Tillinghast, who was a club
member, and opened for play in 1922. In 2013-2014, the course was restored by
Keith Foster to highlight the strategic bunkering, contoured greens and narrow
fairways of Tillinghast’s original design.
Militia Hill Course, named for the deep Revolutionary War roots of the area,
was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry and opened in 2002. It will be
used during the championship for stroke-play qualifying only.
Professional National Championship will be played on Wissahickon in 2015, with
Militia Hill also utilized for the first two rounds of the 72-hole event. The
2003 and 2004 Philadelphia PGA Section Championships and the 2004 Philadelphia
Amateur were played on Militia Hill.
Martins Course, built by Willie Tucker in 1895, was the site of the 1907 and
1910 U.S. Open Championships. In 1907, Alex Ross, brother of legendary
architect Donald Ross, won by two strokes (302-304) over Gilbert Nicholls. In
1910, Alex Smith shot 298-71 to win in a playoff over Macdonald Smith and
Philadelphia’s own John J. McDermott, who went on to win the next two U.S.
Opens. The club’s professional, Willie Anderson, a four-time U.S. Open
champion, finished 11th in 1910.
Cricket Club, the oldest country club in the U.S., is excited to welcome the
2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship," said Michael J. Vergare,
Philadelphia Cricket Club president. "The recent renovation of our Wissahickon
Course, designed and played by ‘Tilly’ in 1922, promises challenges a century
later. The combination of Wissahickon and our Militia Hill Course, designed by
Hurdzan-Fry and opened in 2002, will present the players with a venue that
represents both classic and contemporary design."
was founded in 1854 by a group of English-born cricket players who attended the
University of Pennsylvania and is one of the oldest clubs dedicated to sports
in the U.S. The club was also a founding member of the American Lawn Tennis
Association and hosted the National Women’s Tennis Championship from 1887 to
1921, when it moved to Forest Hills, N.Y.
Cricket is one of the four founding clubs of the Golf Association of
Philadelphia, which was organized in 1897.
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be contested May 2-6, 2015, at The Olympic Club in
San Francisco, Calif., with a field of 128 sides (256 players). The 2016
championship is scheduled for May 21-25 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck,
N.Y., with the 2017 championship set for May 27-31 at Pinehurst Resort &
Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship is limited to amateurs, with no age
restrictions. Partners comprising teams or sides are not required to be from
the same club, state or country. Entry is limited to individuals with a
Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4.
is Mike Kern’s story from the Philadelphia Daily News