The USGA has announced that the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.) will host the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2013. The 2013 Mid Amateur, to be played Oct. 5-10, will be the club’s maiden USGA championship.
The club replaces Forest Creek Golf Club, previously selected as the site of the tournament, due to its conversion to a member-controlled club and the potential impact on championship preparations. Forest Creek asked not to host in 2013, with the opportunity to revisit the possibility in the future.
The Country Club of Birmingham features two 18-hole layouts, East and West, designed by Donald Ross in 1926. The championship will utilize both for stroke play, and only the West course for match play. In the past, the Country Club of Birmingham has hosted nine state amateurs and was the companion course to nearby Shoal Creek for the 1986 U.S. Amateur.
“We are very excited about the Country Club of Birmingham hosting the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship,” said Bill McCarthy, the director of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and director of regional affairs for the Ohio Valley Region for the USGA. “The Country Club of Birmingham has a very long and rich history of contributing to amateur golf and this will only serve to add to that legacy.”
The 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be played at Conway Farms Golf Club, in Lake Forest, Ill., from Sept. 8-13.
–Information from the USGA used in this report.