In a nod to the college players who make up the majority of the field at the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Golf Association will adjust to accommodate the academic calendar.
Beginning in 2012, the U.S. Amateur will be played a week earlier.
“By moving the dates up a week, they won’t have to miss any class time,” said Mike Davis, the USGA’s senior director of rules and competitions.
Normally staged during the last full week in August, the U.S. Amateur will move to Aug. 13-19, 2012, at Cherry Hills in Denver. This year’s U.S. Amateur will be played as scheduled: Aug. 22-28 at Erin Hills.
The effect next year on other amateur events is uncertain, but tournaments typically steer clear of the nation’s premier annual amateur event.
If the new dates were in effect this year, they would conflict with the Canadian (Aug. 10-14) and Cardinal (Aug. 11-14) amateurs.
In 2012, the Canadian Amateur (Aug. 8-12) and the Scratch Players Championship (Aug. 13-16) will conflict with the U.S. Amateur. Those events, plus state and regional tournaments, likely will reschedule.
The Western Amateur plans to keep its July 30-Aug. 4 dates for 2012, according to Vince Pellegrino of the Western Golf Association.
“I’m not sure if two weeks, one week (before U.S. Amateur) really makes that big of a difference,” he said.