The 2016 USGA championship season produced many memorable moments, including Eun Jeong Seong, 16, of the Republic of Korea, becoming the first competitor to claim the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur titles in the same year.
Gene Sauers overcame a near-fatal illness to capture the U.S. Senior Open Championship in August. Stewart Hagestad had a comeback for the ages, registering birdies on four of his last five holes to beat 2014 champion Scott Harvey for the U.S. Mid-Amateur title in September. And a week later, Ellen Port, of St. Louis, joined elite company when she won her seventh USGA championship and third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.
But there was far more to USGA championships than the individuals who hoisted trophies. These competitions consistently provide compelling stories about the journeys players took to reach the game’s grandest stage.