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SPR 2019

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The Carolinas are set to host four USGA Championships this year, making golf history in the region BY JACKSON SVEEN F or the first time in history, the Carolinas will host four USGA Championships in one year. Golf's best, both amateur and professional men and women, will return to the historic grounds of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (U.S. Senior Women's Open), Country Club of Charleston (U.S. Women's Open) and Pinehurst Resort and Club (U.S. Amateur), while Old Chatham Golf Club (U.S. Senior Amateur) will host its first USGA Championship. Last year, the sole USGA event in the Carolinas treated spectators to an all-North Carolina final, as Kevin O'Connell of Cary defeated Brett Boner of Charlotte in the 2018 United States Mid-Amateur held at Charlotte Country Club and Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte. The USGA has a long history of hosting events in North and South Carolina. The first USGA Champi- onship held in the Carolinas was the 1947 U.S. Women's Open at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The event was originally conducted by the Women's Professional Golf Association, but was later taken over by the USGA. The first event coordinated by the USGA in the Carolinas was the 1955 U.S. Women's Amateur, held at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte. The game has come a long way since that time. In total, the Carolinas have now hosted 47 USGA Championships. Pinehurst leads the pack with nine hosted championships, the first being the 1962 U.S. S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 | | 13 Laura Davies (top left) will headline the field at the 2nd U.S. Senior Women's Open this year at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. Ariya Jutanugarn (top right), the hottest women's golfer in the world right now, will fight for her third major title at Country Club of Charleston. Viktor Hovland (bottom left) will look to become the first back-to-back U.S. Amateur Champion since Tiger Woods' three-peat in '94, '95, '96. Jeff Wilson (bottom right) will travel to Old Chatham Golf Club for his title defense. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY USGA C OV E R S TO RY

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