Baltimore C.C. awarded two USGA Amateur Championships

Photo courtesy of Baltimore CC

Photo courtesy of Baltimore CC

The Baltimore (Md.) Country Club East Course was selected by the USGA to host the 2026 US Senior Amateur Championships and the 2031 US Women’s Amateur Championships. The club has previously hosted four USGA championships, most recently the 1988 US Women’s Open.

“We are thrilled to return to the Baltimore Country Club and to rekindle our relationship with a club that has produced unforgettable USGA moments since 1899,” said Mark Hill, USGA executive director, Championships. “The process of awarding these two championships went smoothly and we appreciate the staff and members of the club for their friendship and partnership and look forward to working closely together in the years to come.”

The Baltimore Country Club hosted the fifth US Open in 1899 when Willie Smith of Scotland beat 80 other players with 11 shots to capture his only major title. The total purse this week was $750. The Baltimore Country Club also hosted the US Amateur in 1932, with Canada’s C. Ross Somerville defeating eventual two-time USGA champion John Goodman, 2nd and 1st, in the finals; the Walker Cup in 1965, when the USA team retained the trophy after an 11-11 draw; and the 1988 US Women’s Open, when 13-time LPGA champion Liselotte Neumann of Sweden claimed her only major title with a 3-stroke win over Patty Sheehan.

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“It is a privilege to be able to work with the USGA to bring the US Senior Amateur and US Women’s Amateur to our club,” said club president Thomas Carroll. “Since its inception in 1898, some of the cub’s most memorable and historic moments have occurred during his USGA championships – including the 1932 US Amateur, the 1965 Walker Cup and the 1988 US Women’s Open. Our members look forward to serving the best amateur golfers in the world to accommodate nation in our squares. It is exciting to see Baltimore evolving into a premier championship golf destination.”

The Baltimore Country Club was incorporated on January 13, 1898 at its Roland Park location. After early success in landing a US Open Championship, the decision was made to acquire land north of the city, in Lutherville, and expand to a second location. The East Course at Five Farms, designed by AW Tillinghast, opened in September 1926 and was renovated by Keith Foster in 2015, restoring the course to Tillinghast’s original design.

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“We are excited to welcome the USGA back to Maryland for both of these championships and look forward to the opportunities this incredible relationship with the USGA offers for the state and its golf industry,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. “Maryland prides itself on being a top destination for tourism and world-class sporting events.”

In addition to the USGA Championships, Baltimore Country Club also hosted the 1928 PGA Championship and the Senior Players Championship from 2007 to 2009.

The 71st US Senior Amateur will be held from August 29th to September 24th. January 2026. Earlier this month, Rusty Strawn became the fourth Georgia player to break the US Senior Amateur with his 3-and-2 victory over fellow Peach State compatriot and 2013 champion Doug Hanzel in the US’s championship game Senior Amateur 2022 won at the Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass. The US Senior Amateur is open to amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older on or before the start of the championship and have a Handicap Index® of no greater than 7.4. The championship features 36 stroke play holes before the match play field is cut down to the low 64 goalscorers. The US Senior Amateur will be held at the Martis Camp Club in Truckee, California next year.

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The 131st US Women’s Amateur will be held August 4-10, 2031. The US Women’s Amateur was first held in 1895, marking the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country. It features a field of 156 golfers who play 36 holes in stroke play before the field is cut down to the low 64 points for match play. In August, Saki Baba of Japan captured the 122nd Chambers Bay title in dominant fashion with an 11v9 win over Monet Chun of Canada in the final game. The 2023 US Women’s Amateur will be held at the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, California.

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