USGA Men's State Team History
The USGA Men’s State Team Championship, as well as the Women’s State Team Championship, grew out of the Association’s Centennial celebration in 1995. It was believed that a new championship, one in which each state could be represented by non-college, amateur golfers, was a good way to cap the USGA’s year-long birthday celebration.
Each state was invited to send three players; 46 states and Puerto Rico responded and sent teams to compete at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., in 1995, and 50 states and Puerto Rico sent teams to compete at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills, Ariz., in 1997. Since 2001, 52 teams — all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia — have participated.
State associations were given the option to choose their teams by any method. College players, however, were ineligible due to NCAA bylaws. Under current NCAA rules, a player may only participate in an international team match when that team is sponsored by the national governing body, such as in the Walker Cup Match.
Starting in 2010, the USGA alternated the Men's and Women's State Team Championships, with the men playing in even-numbered years and the women in odd-numbered years. Texas has won a record four times and Minnesota has prevailed twice.
USGA Men's State Team Champions (1995-Present)
1995: Virginia, 424; Runner-up: Florida, 433; Lake Nona Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Teams Entered: 47
1997: Minnesota, 416; Runner-up: California, 422; SunRidge Canyon G.C., Fountain Hills, Ariz.; Team Entered: 51
1999: Texas, 280 (shortened to 36 holes due to weather); Runners-up: Virginia and Minnesota, 281; Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold Course), Williamsburg, Va.; Team Entered: 50
2001: Minnesota, 432; Runner-up: Virginia, 434; Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.; Teams Entered: 52
2003: Tennessee, 413; Runners-up: California, North Carolina, 417; Charles River Country Club, Newton Centre, Mass.; Teams Entered: 52
2005: Texas, 422; Runner-up: Alabama, 426; Berkeley Hall Club (South Course), Bluffton, S.C.; Teams Entered: 52
2007: Texas, 422; Runner-up: Georgia, 423; The Club at Carlton Woods (Fazio Course), The Woodlands, Texas; Teams Entered: 52
2009: Pennsylvania, 417; Runner-up: Kansas, 420; The Country Club of St. Albans (Lewis and Clark Course), St. Albans, Mo.; Teams Entered: 51
2010: Kansas, 423; Runners-up: Rhode Island, North Carolina, Florida, 427; Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Teams Entered: 52
2012: New York, 428; Runner-up: Iowa, 434; Galloway National Golf Club, Galloway Township, N.J.; Teams Entered: 52
2014: Texas, 428; Runner-up: Florida, 431; Pete Dye Course at French Lick (Ind.) Resort; Teams Entered: 52
2016: Michigan, 422; Runners-up: Arizona, North Carolina, 425; Country Club of Birmingham (West Course), Birmingham, Ala.; Teams Entered: 52