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On December 22, 1894 the Amateur Golf Association of the United States was formed to fill that void. It was later renamed the United States Golf Association.
In 1895 it organised both the first U.S. Amateur Championship and the first U.S. Open, both of which were played at Newport Country Club.
There are no age restrictions on entry, but players must have a handicap index of 2.4 or less. It consists of two days of strokeplay, with the leading 64 competitors then playing a knockout competition held at matchplay to decide the champion. All knockout matches are over 18 holes except for the final, which consists of 36 holes, separated into morning and afternoon 18-hole rounds. Nowadays it is usually won by players in their early twenties who are working towards a career as a tournament professional. Before World War II more top-level golfers chose to remain amateur, and the average age of U.S. Open champions was higher.
Many of the leading figures in the history of golf have been U.S. Amateur Champions, including Bobby Jones five times, Jack Nicklaus twice and Tiger Woods three times (all consecutive; the only player to win three in a row). Woods' first win, as an 18-year-old in 1994, made him the youngest winner of the event, breaking the previous record of Nathaniel Crosby (son of Bing). Before the professional game became dominant, the event was regarded as one of the majors. This is no longer the case, but the champion still receives an automatic invitation to play in all of the majors except the PGA Championship, and the runner-up also receives an invitation to play in the U.S. Open.
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Golf Town Tees up Expansion in Natick Golf Town, Canada’s largest golf retailer providing unequaled selection and competitive prices, today announced the grand opening of its seventh United States location. The new superstore, located at 1398 Worcester Road in Natick, will open to the public on Thursday, March 8th, just weeks before the one-year anniversary of Golf Town’s U.S.
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Area Golf Notebook: JAGA season opens with 2 Amelia Island team events The Jacksonville Area Golf Association opens its 2012 schedule with two team events at Amelia Island courses. The first tournament will be the JAGA Two-Man Fourball March 21 at the Amelia National Golf Club.