A USGA sign has been placed on the 10th hole at the County Club of Detroit in preparation for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship tournament, which will be played at the Grosse Pointe Farms Club  Aug. 28-Sept. 2.

A USGA sign has been placed on the 10th hole at the County Club of Detroit in preparation for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship tournament, which will be played at the Grosse Pointe Farms Club Aug. 28-Sept. 2.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


USGA event coming to town

Country Club of Detroit to host U.S. Senior Amateur Championship

By: Jon Malavolti | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 26, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The last time the Country Club of Detroit hosted a United States Golf Association event, a relatively unknown 24-year-old Arnold Palmer won the 1954 U.S. Amateur tournament there — a moment he later referred to as a “turning point” in what would become a legendary career.

The USGA will return to the Grosse Pointe Farms club Aug. 28 through Sept. 2 for the 66th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

“We’re very excited to host the tournament,” said Craig Cutler, the general manager of the Country Club of Detroit.

There is no admission cost to attend the event, which is open to the public.  

“Great clubs support golf, and great clubs host tournaments,” Cutler said. “It’s important for us to support the game of golf.”

The tournament features 156 of the best amateur golfers over age 55, whittled down from a USGA Senior Amateur record 2,565 entries.

“The uniqueness of our amateur championships is something we hear about all the time,” Greg Sanfilippo, the USGA’s championship director for the Senior Amateur, said in an email. “And like all USGA championships, we will provide a tough but fair test that challenges all aspects of someone’s game.”

Sanfilippo said the USGA “couldn’t be more excited” to bring an event to metro Detroit.

“The Country Club of Detroit has been a great partner since we announced the club as a host site several years ago. It’s a fantastic golf course, with a fantastic staff and membership, as well as significant community involvement through volunteers.”

The tournament will start off with stroke play Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29. From there, the top-scoring players will advance to match play for the next three days, culminating in the championship match on Thursday, Sept. 2.

“Amateur golf is at the heart of what the USGA has done for more than 120 years,” Sanfilippo said. “The U.S. Senior Amateur is made up of lifelong golfers, comprised of parents, grandparents and individuals who continue to work across many professions.”

Bob Royak, of Alpharetta, Georgia, is the defending U.S. Senior Amateur champion after winning the event in 2019 at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina. The event was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This field is really comprised of truly bonded individuals for their love of the game and the competition worldwide,” Sanfilippo said. “I know for all of us on staff, especially after having to postpone last year’s event, that the USGA and the Country Club of Detroit are grateful to be able to provide this opportunity to this demographic and have the opportunity to crown the champion of the 66th U.S. Senior Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit. This will be a very exciting week.”

The Country Club of Detroit, founded in 1897, is located at 220 Country Club Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms.

For more information on the tournament, visit www.usga.org and www.ccofd.com.

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