The USGA Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateurs who will have reached their 55th birthday on or before Sept. 29, 2012, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4. The USGA accepted 2,260 entries for the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. The record of 2,498 entries was set in 2005.
FORMAT: Two days worth of 36-hole, qualifying stroke-play will be contested on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th. 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 Monday, October 1st, while the second and third-round matches will be contested on Tuesday, October 2nd. On Wednesday, October 3rd the quarterfinal and semifinal matches will take place while the championship match will be held on Thursday, October 4th. All matches will be 18 holes.
CHAMPION REWARDS: The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy for the ensuing year. He also receives an exemption from local qualifying at the next U.S. Open, as well as exemptions from sectional qualifying at the next U.S. Senior Open, the next two U.S. Amateurs, the next two U.S. Mid-Amateurs, the next two U.S. Amateur Public Links, and the next 10 USGA Senior Amateurs, if otherwise eligible.
TROPHY: The permanent Senior Amateur Championship Trophy was presented by Frederick L. Dold of Wichita, Kansas in 1955. Dold had retired from the USGA Executive Committee after five years of service.