The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship is open to amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2012, have been 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 hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges of a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which he is a student, or (2) a federal armed service of which he is a member or retired member, or (3) an industry by which he is employed or which he is retired. In 2008, the Handicap Index was reduced from 8.4 to 4.4.
FORMAT: Two days worth of 36-hole, qualifying stroke-play will be contested on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 10th. The field will then be reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play.
The first round of matches will be held on Wednesday, July 11th, while the second and third-round matches will be contested on Thursday, July 12th. Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches will be held on Friday, July 13th. All of the above will be of 18 holes. On Saturday, July 14th the championship match will be 36 holes.
CHAMPION REWARDS: A gold medal and custody of the James D. Standish Jr. Cup for the ensuing year. A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships; exemption from local qualifying at the next three U.S. Open Championships, if still an amateur; exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship; exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2012 and 2013 Mid-Amateur Championship, if otherwise eligible and historically, an invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament, if still an amateur.
TROPHY: The Championship trophy was presented in 1922 by James. D. Standish Jr, the central figure in organizing this championship. Standish served a 13-year tenure as a member of the USGA Executive Committee, including two years as president, from 1950-51.