Far Hills, N.J. – Forest Creek Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., has been selected by the United States Golf Association to host the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The championship will be conducted Oct. 5-10.
The championship will be played on the North and South Courses, both of which were designed by Tom Fazio. The South Course opened in 1996, while the North Course was added in 2005.
“We are honored and grateful that the USGA has entrusted our golf club with the distinct honor of hosting one of its prestigious national championships,” said Forest Creek Golf Club President Terry Brown. “We proudly consider Forest Creek to be one of the country’s most outstanding communities to live in, and our golf club is committed to amateur golf with a vision of giving back to the game.
"We have two highly rated golf courses that I am confident will stand up to the high quality and challenges expected by the Mid-Amateur Committee as well as the players. We very much look forward to October 2013.”
This will mark the first USGA championship for Forest Creek, though the club has previously hosted sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships. In October 2011, the club will host the 66th Captain’s Putter Team Match, a championship conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) that matches 16 male amateurs and eight senior male amateurs from Virginia and West Virginia against a team from North Carolina and South Carolina. In 2012, Forest Creek will host the CGA Senior Amateur Championship.
The club has also hosted the American Junior Golf Association’s 2011 Golf Pride Junior Classic, the 2010 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and the CGA’s 2006 North Carolina Amateur (won by current Champions Tour player Mike Goodes).
The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers at least 25 years of age who hold a USGA Handicap Index® no higher than 3.4. The 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be played Sept. 8-13 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.