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BROOKLINE, Massachusetts – Sunlight beamed off the side of The Country Club’s iconic yellow clubhouse Thursday morning, burning off the morning fog for what was set to be a delightful and promising day.
Inspired by the enthusiasm of the 2022 U.S. Open held on these hallowed grounds, officials from the United States Golf Association and The Country Club gathered Thursday to that the Brookline club will host four additional national championships in a two-decade span between 2030 and 2045, including the 2038 U.S. Open and the 2045 U.S. Women’s Open. It will be the first time the club has been selected to host the U.S. Women’s Open.
The Country Club, one of the USGA’s five founding clubs, has previously hosted 17 USGA Championships, trailing only Merion Golf Club (PA) (19) for the most all-time. The first event to take place in this series will be the 2030 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship, followed by the 2034 U.S. Amateur Championship. The club hosted the Girls’ Junior once in 1953 and the U.S. Amateur six times, most recently in 2013.
“We consider The Country Club one of the game’s most special places, and it’s always fun for us to come back,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA chief championships officer. “This partnership with The Country Club gives juniors, amateurs, and professionals alike the opportunity to vie for a USGA championship and etch their names in golfing history at one of the nation’s most iconic venues.”
Bodenhamer also confirmed Thursday that all four championships will use the same championship routing introduced for the 2022 U.S. Open, which comprises all three sets of 9 holes – Clyde, Squirrel, and Primrose.
“We think where those great moments of history are made, we wouldn’t want it to be any different,” said Bodenhamer, referencing Matthew Fitzpatrick’s iconic fairway bunker shot on the 18th that enabled him to clinch the 2022 U.S. Open title.
Several officials who spoke Thursday were particularly excited to bring two women’s championships to The Country Club, as the game continues to grow for females both nationally and internationally. The hope is that several participants in the 2030 championship will be competing in the U.S. Women’s Open 15 years later.
“We want to always be part of helping grow the game,” said Lyman Bullard, president of The Country Club. “Our two reasons to do this are to create great memories and experience for our members and staff but also invite the world into our club and course to see the best players in the world – men, women, juniors, competing on this great historic course.”
The 2038 U.S. Open will take place on the 125th anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s historic victory, which galvanized American golf when he became the first amateur to win the U.S. Open. Not only does Ouimet’s story resonate with golfers more than a century later, but the energy around championship golf exceeded many expectations during last year’s major.
“The energy was magical,” Bodenhamer said. “It exceeded our expectations on every level. The excitement, the players could, we could feel it, and it transcended into what was one of our greatest U.S. Opens ever.”
Past USGA Championships At The Country Club
1902 U.S. Women’s Amateur (Genevieve Hecker)
1910 U.S. Amateur (William C. Fownes Jr.)
1913 U.S. Open (Francis Ouimet)
1922 U.S. Amateur (Jess W. Sweetser)
1932 Walker Cup (Team USA def. Great Britain & Ireland, 8-1)
1934 U.S. Amateur (W. Lawson Little Jr.)
1941 U.S. Women’s Amateur (Elizabeth Hicks)
1953 Girls’ Junior Amateur (Mildred Meyerson)
1957 U.S. Amateur (Hillman Robbins Jr.)
1963 U.S. Open (Julius Boros)
1968 U.S. Junior Amateur (Eddie Pearce)
1973 Walker Cup (Team USA def. Great Britain & Ireland, 14-10)
1982 U.S. Amateur (Jay Sigel)
1988 U.S. Open (Curtis Strange)
1995 U.S. Women’s Amateur (Kelli Kuehne)
2013 U.S. Amateur (Matthew Fitzpatrick)
2022 U.S. Open (Matthew Fitzpatrick)
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