Martis Camp Club to host 68th U.S. Senior Amateur Golf Championship

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Martis Camp Club will be host to the 68th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship on August 26-31, the second time the tournament has been hosted there.

The Senior Amateur, for amateur golfers of at least 55 years of age, debuted in 1955.

The addition of the U.S. Senior Amateur gave the USGA twice as many championships as it had conducted before World War II, when there were just four: the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, and U.S. Women’s Amateur, all started in 1895, and U.S. Amateur Public Links (1922). From World War II through 1955, the USGA added four championships: the U.S. Junior Amateur (1948), U.S. Girls’ Junior (1949), U.S. Women’s Open (1953) and U.S. Senior Amateur (1955). The USGA now conducts 15 national championships, 10 of which are exclusively for amateurs.

The first U.S. Senior Amateur, at Belle Meade Country Club, in Nashville, Tenn., received 370 entries from 30 states and the District of Columbia. J. Wood Platt, 56, an eight-time Philadelphia Amateur champion, defeated George Studinger, of San Francisco, Calif., 5 and 4, in the final.

In 1959, J. Clark Espie, who had won in 1957, became the U.S. Senior Amateur’s first two-time champion. Lewis W. Oehmig, a record six-time finalist, is the only three-time champion (1972, 1976, 1985). Oehmig is also credited as the oldest U.S. Senior Amateur champion, winning the title in 1985 at age 69.

A total of 14 players have won the championship multiple times, most recently Paul Simson (2010, 2012). Three players have won the championship in consecutive years, including William C. Campbell in 1979 and 1980.

The championship is open to any golfer who is 55 years of age as of Aug. 26 and whose Handicap Index® does not exceed 7.4.

The USGA accepted 2,752 entries for the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur, the second-highest total in the championship’s history behind only the 2022 total of 2,865. 

Practice rounds will be held Aug. 24-25. The championship begins with 18-hole stroke-play rounds on Aug. 26-27. The field will then be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. Six rounds of match play will determine the champion. The 18-hole championship match will be held on Aug. 31.

The winner will receive a gold medal and custody of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy for one year and exemption from qualifying from several tournaments including for the 2023 U.S. Open Championship, the 2024 U.S. Senior Open Championship (if still an amateur), the 2024 and 2025 U.S. Amateur Championships, the 2023 and 2024 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships and the next ten U.S. Senior Amateur Championships.

Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for the U.S. Senior Amateur, and spectators are encouraged to attend.

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