2017 U.S. Senior Amateur

A Legacy of National Championships

The Minikahda Club has a long history of successfully hosting prestigious national and international golf championships. They include the 1916 U.S. Open, 1927 U.S. Amateur, 1957 Walker Cup, 1988 U.S. Women's Amateur and 1998 Curtis Cup. The 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur will be added to the list of The Minikahda Club's proud history and will be our first National USGA Championship in almost 20 years.

  • Schedule of Events
    • The U.S. Senior Amateur is a major, multi-day event. It starts with 156 players, who will play 36 holes during the Saturday and Sunday stroke play tournament. The top 64 players then proceed to the match-play portion of the championship over the next four days. Here is a day-by-day calendar:

      Wednesday, August 23
      1:00 – 7:00 p.m. Player Registration
      1:00 – 7:00 p.m. Practice Range open to players only (golf course walking or riding only, no clubs)

      Thursday, August 24
      7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Player Registration
      7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Practice Rounds. Play will be from the first and 10th tees.
      12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Practice Rounds. Play will be from the first and 10th tees.
      6:30 p.m. All Practice Facilities Close
      7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Players’ Reception / Dinner Hilton (host hotel)

      Friday, August 25

      7:00 a.m. Player Registration (for late arrivals only)
      7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Practice Rounds. Play will be from the first and 10th tees.
      12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Practice Rounds. Play will be from the first and 10th tees.

      Saturday, August 26

      7:00 – 9:00 a.m. First Round Morning Wave. Play will be from the first and 10th tees
      12:00 – 2:00 p.m. First Round Afternoon Wave. Play will be from the first and 10th tees.

      Sunday, August 27
      7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Second Round Morning Wave. Play will be from the first and 10th tees
      12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Second Round Afternoon Wave. Play will be from the first and 10th tees.
      A playoff, if necessary, will take place immediately following play on Sunday.

      Monday, August 28
      7:00 Playoff, If Necessary
      8:00 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. First Round of Matches (64 players, 32 matches, 10-minute intervals).

      Tuesday, August 29
      7:00 – 9:30 a.m. Second Round of Matches (32 players, 16 matches, 10-minute intervals).
      1:00 – 2:10 p.m. Third Round of Matches (16 players,
      8 matches, 10-minute intervals).

      Wednesday, August 30

      7:15 – 7:45 a.m. Quarterfinal Matches (8 players, 4 matches, 10-minute intervals).
      1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Semifinal Matches (4 players, 2 matches, 15-minute intervals).

      Thursday, August 31
      7:30 am Championship Match
      Prize Presentation Immediately Following Play
  • Media
    • Field Taking Shape for 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur


      Four Minnesota Residents Headline U.S. Senior Amateur Field

      FAR HILLS, N.J. (August 10, 2017) - The 156-player field is nearly complete for the 63rd U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, to be held Aug. 26-31 at The Minikahda Club, in Minneapolis, Minn., and it will have a decidedly local flavor.

      John Barry, 55, of Lakeville; David Brown, 59, of Minnetonka; Randy Garber, 67 of Lakeville; and Jeff Teal, 57, of Excelsior, are among the 134 players who played their way into the championship for 55-and-older golfers via sectional qualifying, which took place at 50 sites in 42 states. Nineteen players were exempt from qualifying. The home-state quartet all locked down spots in the championship in the sectional qualifier at Wayzata (Minn.) Country Club on Thursday, July 24.

      Garber competed in the U.S. Senior Amateur in 2010, while Barry, Brown and Teal will be making their championship debuts. Teal, however, will be able to draw from his experience of having played in seven USGA championships, including the 1986 U.S. Amateur, in which he reached match play. Prior to his amateur golf career, Teal played hockey professionally, appearing in six games for the Montreal Canadiens. During his collegiate career, he was part of the University of Minnesota’s 1979 NCAA championship team, which was coached by Herb Brooks.

      “I’d be excited no matter where it is. You know what a great course [Minikahda] is, so you know it’s just going to be a great week and you don’t have to travel, so I guess there was a little extra motivation there for sure,” said Teal, who has won five Minnesota Golf Association titles. “[USGA championships have] always been special. There’s just an extra excitement around them. You know it’s a big deal when you’re in one.”

      The field also includes 12 USGA champions, the winners of the last four U.S. Senior Amateurs among them.

      All 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play on Aug. 26-27, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The winner will be determined in an 18-hole final on Thursday, Aug. 31. Spectators are welcome and are admitted free throughout the week.

      Media wishing to cover the championship on-site can register for credentials by clicking here or clicking the link at the top of the release.

      Full coverage of the championship can be found at usga.org/senioram.

  • Volunteer Resources
  • Supporter Opportunities
    • 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Supporter Opportunities

      One of the challenges in hosting an event like this is raising the funds needed to offset costs. The USGA and its partners do provide monetary help but not enough to cover all the hosting costs. With that in mind, we’ve created a few ways for individuals and their companies to participate in being a supporter. Below are the highlights is a link to a supporter booklet outlining the various support levels. The primary one we’re asking for is that of being a Member or Non-Member Patron. This is at a $500 level and includes your volunteer uniform, special driver headcover and an invite to the championship cocktail reception. This is a great way to show your support and would help us deliver a special championship experience to the participants. Patrons and Volunteers will be invited to a special award ceremony and reception following the Trophy presentation.

      We also have developed multiple corporate supporter opportunities starting with the Diamond level which is a “Day at the Club”; it includes golf for 100, cocktail reception, tennis and pool usage and a tee gift. Other levels are available which can provide much of the same but at a lesser number of golfers. A supporter booklet outlines the various levels and can be obtained by clicking the link below. If you have any questions; please contact:

      Kip Colwell, Tournament Co-Chair: colwellkip@gmail.com, 612-418-6192
      Dave Mooty, Tournament Co-Chair: dmooty@continentalgolf.com, 612-240-6802
      Nii Quaye, Fundraising Chair: niiquayemn@gmail.com, 612-669-0393
      Jim Jennings, Club General Manager: gm@theminikahdaclub.com, 612-926-1601


  • FAQ
    • Will parking be available for spectators in the Minikahda Club parking lot? No, parking for spectators will not be available in the Club lot. We are currently making arrangements for parking nearby but highly recommend walking, biking and carpooling if possible. We suggest checking the local Metro Transportation for easy access to the Club. There is a stop right at the end of our the driveway. https://www.metrotransit.org/imap/map.aspx

      Where will Handicap parking be located? Handicap parking will be available in the Club main lot by the Paddle House.

      Will there be bike racks to lock up bikes?
      Yes, we will have a bike corral located by the Paddle House.

      Will Credit Cards be accepted?
      Yes. Credit cards will be accepted on the course and in the Pro Shop.

      Will Members, their guests, and the public be allowed to walk the golf course to watch the tournament? Yes. Please stay behind the ropes and be respectful of the golfers during play.

      Will Food and Beverage be available for Members, Guests, and the public? Yes, food and beverage will be available on the course.

      Will the tournament be televised or live streamed anywhere? No, unfortunately, you will not be able to view the tournament anywhere but live in person on the course.