Monday, May 21, 2012
U.S. Amateur headed to Hogan's Alley
ESPN.com news services
Riviera Country Club, which has a long and storied history with golf in the United States, will continue to add to that legacy when it hosts the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship, the USGA announced Monday.
"The USGA is excited to bring the U.S. Amateur Championship to Riviera Country Club, returning our oldest championship to Southern California for the first time since 1976," USGA vice president and championship committee chairman Thomas J. O'Toole Jr. said in a statement.
Riviera will become one of the few courses to host the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur.
The club, which has hosted three major championships and a senior major, will bring the world's best amateurs to the George Thomas-designed layout. It first hosted the Northern Trust Open on the PGA Tour in 1941 as well as all but two years since 1973.
Over the years, Riviera's list of champions includes the likes of Ben Hogan, who won his first U.S. Open title on the course in 1946 when he beat Jimmy Demaret by two shots.
Hal Sutton won the 1983 PGA Championship at Riviera and Steve Elkington captured the 1995 PGA on the Pacific Palisades, Calif., course as well. Hale Irwin took the 1998 U.S. Senior Open title at Riviera.
Riviera will also host this year's NCAA Championships Division I golf championships from May 29-June 3.