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A Preview Of Eugene (Ore.) Country Club

Opened: 1926

Designer: H. Chandler Egan (Revisions by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1967)

USGA championships: This will be the fourth USGA championship conducted at the course and first since the 2002 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur won by Kathy Hartwiger. In 1964, future U.S. Open and British Open champion Johnny Miller won the U.S. Junior Amateur and the late Jeff Thomas won the 1993 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Designer notes: When Jones made revisions to the course, he reversed the nines. His son, Robert Jr., who has become a well known designer as well, also assisted with the renovation.

Championship notes: The par-3 fifth hole will be extended from 155 yards to 185 yards after the field is cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. The hole will play from the shorter teeing ground during the 36-hole stroke-play qualifying portion of the competition.

Club notes: The club was organized in 1899 – the current course opened in 1926 – and is the second-oldest club in Oregon.

Slots of fun: In 1938, member Jack “Tad” Luckey suggested placing slot machines in the clubhouse as a way of raising revenue for the club. By 1941, the machines were generating between $40,000 and $50,000 a year, enough to fund the first clubhouse renovation – the 19th hole.

Grooming grounds: Eugene Country Club has produced the likes of 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney, current University of Oregon men’s golf coach Casey Martin and former PGA Tour player Brian Henninger. A replica of the Havemeyer Trophy won by Quinney at Baltusrol Golf Club was purchased by the club and it resides among the memorabilia in the clubhouse. Martin, a former Stanford teammate of Tiger Woods, made history in 1998 when he won a landmark court decision to use a golf cart in PGA Tour events due to his disability. The USGA also decided to honor the ruling and Martin used a cart at the ’98 U.S. Open. He has since retired from competitive golf.

Oregon trail: This will be the third time in the last eight years that the Women’s Amateur will be waged in Oregon. Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains hosted the championship in 2006, while the 2000 championship was played at Waverley C.C. Kimberly Kim, who at 14 became the youngest champion at the 2006 Women’s Amateur, will be in the field this year. Current LPGA Tour player Marcy (Newton) Hart won the 2000 Women’s Amateur.

Eugene’s own: The last player from the state of Oregon to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur title was Eugene resident Mary Budke in 1972 at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club. Budke, a physician, competed on the 1974 USA Curtis Cup team and captained the victorious 2002 USA Curtis Cup squad at Fox Chapel outside of Pittsburgh.

Welcome back: Ron Weber, who represented the University of Houston in the 1959 NCAA Championships held at Eugene C.C., later returned to the club as the head golf professional. Mark Sivara is the current head pro at the club.

Preview compiled by USGA New Media staff writer David Shefter. Email him with questions or comments at dshefter@usga.org.

 

 

 
Championship Facts

U.S. Women's Amateur

HISTORY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

PAR & YARDAGE: Yardage for the Eugene Country Club will be set at 6,484 (stroke play) / 6,516 (match play) yards, par 72.

ARCHITECT: Opened in 1926, the course was designed by H. Chandler Egan. In 1967, Robert Trent Jones Sr. reversed the routing of the original Egan design (i.e., No. 18 tee essentially became the first tee, etc.).

COURSE SET-UP –
Fairways – Cut to ˝ inch
Tees and collars of greens – Cut to 3/8 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to be firm and fast to measure approximately 11 to 11 1/2 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate rough – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ˝ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide
The championship setup results in a USGA Course Rating™ of 78.1 and a Slope Rating® of 144

FORMAT: The Women’s Amateur is conducted with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying. The low 64 scorers then advance to match play, with the champion determined by a 36-hole match-play final.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.

ENTRIES: Entries for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur closed on June 18. There were 960 entries received for the 2008 championship, just shy of the record 969 entries received for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

 

 
 

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