The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers who have USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 2.4. The Handicap limit was lowered from 3.4 in 1999.
FORMAT: Two days worth of 36-hole, qualifying stroke-play will be contested on Monday, August 13th and Tuesday, August 14th at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado and CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado. The field of 312 players will then be reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play.
The first round of matches will be held on Wednesday, August 15th, while the second and third-round matches will be contested on Thursday, August 16th. On Friday, August 17th the quarterfinal matches will take place while the semifinal matches will be held on Saturday, August 18th. All of the above will be of 18 holes. On Sunday, August 19th the championship match will held over 36 holes. Play for the match play portion of the event will be held at Cherry Hills.
CHAMPION REWARDS: The champion receives a gold medal and custody of a replica of the Havemeyer Trophy for the ensuing year. The runner-up receives a silver medal; the other semifinalists receive bronze medals. The champion receives an exemption from local and sectional qualifying for the next U.S. Open Championship, if still an amateur; an exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Amateurs; an exemption from qualifying for the next British Open Championship, if still an amateur; a likely invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament, if still an amateur; an exemption from qualifying for the next 15 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, if eligible.
TROPHY: The Havemeyer Trophy was presented Theodore A. Havemeyer, the first president of the United States Golf Association. The original trophy was destroyed by fire in 1925 at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia, where it was being displayed by virtue of Bobby Jones' victory in the U.S. Amateur that same year.