Sleepy Hollow and Fenway to Host US Mid-Amateur Championship 2023
The 43rd edition of the USGA tournament comes to Westchester in a few years.
Iconic 16th Hole at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
Photo courtesy of Sleepy Hollow Country Club
Sleepy Hollow Country Club has been named to host the 43rd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The dates of the USGA championship are Sept. 9-14, 2023. Fenway Golf Club will serve as the stroke-play co-host course.
“The USGA is pleased to work in a collaborative effort with both Sleepy Hollow Country Club and Fenway Golf Club in bringing the U.S. Mid-Amateur for the first time to the Hudson Valley and Westchester County,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “An international field of 264 players competes for the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Trophy from the more than 4,500 who file entries each year. The competitors will undoubtedly enjoy two historic and challenging courses.”
Sleepy Hollow will be hosting its second USGA championship. The first was the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Sleepy Hollow has also been the site of three Metropolitan Golf Association Met Amateurs (1944, 1965, 1983), five Met Juniors and the 2011 Met Open. From 1986 to1993, the Senior PGA Tour staged its Commemorative Tournament at the club. The club opened in 1913 with 18 holes designed by CB Macdonald. It was restored in the last few years by George Bahto and Gil Hanse.
“Sleepy Hollow is honored to host the 43rd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and welcome some of the best amateurs in the world to our historic golf course overlooking the majestic Hudson River,” said John Simons, club president. “Our golf course is a C.B. Macdonald original and its recent renovation by Gil Hanse and his team has restored the course to those roots. We expect the course to provide an exciting championship and a memorable presentation of one of the nation’s most prestigious amateur golf events.”
Fenway GC, which will host the stroke play portion of the championship, has hosted the 1953 Met Amateur, two Met Opens, the 2000 Met Senior Open and the 2007 Ike Stroke Play. Its current course was designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1924. Gil Hanse restored the green and bunker complexes and reestablished Tillinghast’s original sightlines in a multi-year project completed recently.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to amateur golfers age 25 and older with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. It features 36 holes of stroke play before the field of 264 is cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. The winner of the championship earns an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Open Championship and the champion and runner-up are also exempt into the next U.S. Amateur Championship.