Sand Creek Station G.C. Awarded 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links February 8, 2012 By USGA

A view of the 10th hole at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., which has been chosen by the USGA to host the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. (Mark Reimer/Visual Memories)

Far Hills, N.J. – Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., has been selected by the United States Golf Association to host the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The dates of the championship are July 14-19.

“We are very excited about taking the Amateur Public Links Championship to Sand Creek Station,” said Bill McCarthy, director of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship for the USGA. “The golf course will present a terrific test for these elite players and I have no doubt that the city of Newton will roll out the red carpet to make it a great experience.”

“The city of Newton is honored to be selected to host an event of this caliber at Sand Creek Station,” said Ken Hall, mayor of the city of Newton, which owns Sand Creek Station. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the course and our community on a national stage, and we look forward to hosting some of the country’s best golfers in Newton.”

This will be the first USGA championship conducted at Sand Creek Station, which opened in 2006 and is managed by KemperSports. The course was designed by Jeffrey D. Brauer and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It takes its name from the Sand Creek, which borders several holes, and the town’s history as a stop on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.

The course hosted the 2008 and 2009 Wichita State University Ladies Fall Classic, and in 2012 it will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Division I National Championship and the Kansas Golf Association’s State Amateur Championship.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship was established in 1922 and is open to amateur golfers who are bona fide public-course players and have not held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course, and have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4.

The 2012 Amateur Public Links will be conducted July 9-14 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah, while the 2013 championship will be conducted July 15-20 at Laurel Hill Golf Course in Lorton, Va.

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