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:

      Monday, August 21 Course Preparation
      Tuesday, August 22 Course Preparation
      Wednesday, August 23 Players Start to Arrive. Players Allowed to Walk Course Only
      Thursday, August 24 Practice Rounds Day #1
      Friday, August 25 Practice Rounds Day #2
      Saturday, August 26 Tournament Play Day #1 Stroke Play Round 1 (156 Players, 52 Tee Times)
      Sunday, August 27 Tournament Play Day #2 Stroke Play Round 2 (156 Players, 52 Tee Times)
      Monday, August 28 Cut to Top 64 Players. Match Play Round of 64 (64 Players, 32 Matches)
      Tuesday, August 29 Morning: Match Play #2 Round of 32 (32 Players, 16 Matches) Afternoon: Match Play Round of 16 #3 (16 Players, 8 Matches)
      Wednesday, August 30 Morning: Match Play #4 Quarterfinals (8 Players, 4 Matches) Afternoon: Match Play #5 Semifinals (4 Players, 2 Matches)
      Thursday, August 31 Morning: Match Play #6 Championship Match (2 Players, 1 Match)


  • 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

      CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PDF OF THE SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES BOOKLET


  • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Volunteer / Ambassador Opportunities

      An event of this magnitude will need a robust group of volunteers in order to be successful. Our volunteers will, for all intents and purposes, be ambassadors for The Minikahda Club. Our goal is that the players, press and USGA employees will return home having felt welcomed and taken care of. The Volunteer Committee is excited to offer many opportunities to all those who are interested. You don’t have to be a golfer to be a part of this historic event! The Committee looks forward to placing volunteers in roles that allow for a seamless, efficient, and fun tournament. Please see below for the different needs required to host an event of this caliber. We would like to work with each volunteer to ensure that dates, times, and volunteer interests are addressed. Sign up early and often! The earlier you sign up, the better your chances are of receiving your first choice of assignments.

      For their $50 registration fee, all volunteers will receive a high-quality Cutter & Buck 3-piece uniform which includes a golf shirt, hat, and pullover featuring the Senior Am logo. All volunteers will also receive lunch each day that they volunteer. Patrons and Volunteers will be invited to a special award ceremony and reception following the Trophy presentation.

      As a volunteer, you must attend one training session prior to the tournament.

      Training dates and times are as follows:
      August 12th at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
      August 16th at 3:00 and 6:000 p.m.
      Volunteers working at Registration will require an additional session on August 22nd for approximately 2 hours. Time to be determined.

      VOLUNTEER AREAS

      Walking Pods: We are very excited to be implementing the walking “pod” program for the tournament. Instead of volunteers sitting at one hole for hours at a time, three volunteers will be assigned to each tee time. One volunteer will lead the group (as well as act as a second forecaddie when needed) the second volunteer will score, and the final volunteer will forecaddie the players’ shots. These jobs are best suited for someone who can be on their feet for long periods and enjoys walking the golf course. Parking and Transportation: This is an extremely important job. The Club needs members who can drive the players to and from the hotel in a timely and safe manner. If you are unable to walk 18 holes in a pod, this is still a great opportunity to interact with the golfers. Range/ Chipping/ Golf Shuttles: Each day the driving and chipping range will need to be managed for the golfers as they practice before and after each of their rounds. We will also need volunteers to shuttle the golfers to and from the range.

      Registration: From Wednesday, August 23- Friday, August 25 the players will be arriving and registration will be up and running. This is a great spot for those members who like to interact with the players. Volunteers working at Registration will require an additional training session on August 22nd for approximately 2 hours. Time to be determined.

      Ambassador/Hosts: These will be a mixture of jobs that range from traffic to clubhouse locker room greeter and anything in between. They are the roles that are crucial as it is generally the first contact with people as they enter Minikahda. This role is best suited for someone who has a working knowledge of The Minikahda Club, its history and knows where everything is. Bull Pen: We will need extra volunteers each day to cover for gaps.

      Scoring Runners: On Saturday and Sunday, we will need several scoring runners to run from holes 9 and 18 to the scoreboard with official results. These volunteers will not be using carts, so this job is best suited for those who enjoy running and can be on their feet for longer periods of time.

      More Info: All volunteers will receive a 3-piece uniform which includes a shirt, hat, and pullover featuring the Senior Am logo. It will be high-quality and the volunteers will receive it at a deeply discounted rate of $50. Below you will find a link to the volunteer registration form that you can fill out online. If you need a PDF of the form please email Allison Krueger, the Volunteer Coordinator at senioramvol2017@gmail.com.

  • Volunteer Registration

    • Volunteer uniform size request:

      The uniforms available are sized as men's and women's cut from Cutter & Buck.
      Uniform Sizing Link
       
      All volunteers will receive a high-quality Cutter & Buck 3-piece uniform which includes a golf shirt, hat, and pullover featuring the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur logo. All volunteers will also receive lunch each day that they volunteer. Please complete the credit card transaction at the completion of this from for the $50 registration fee
      Preferred assignment:

      We will do everything we can to accommodate your first choice, but cannot guarantee it.
      VOLUNTEER AREAS:

      Walking Pods: We are very excited to be implementing the walking “pod” program for the tournament. Instead of volunteers sitting at one hole for hours at a time, three volunteers will be assigned to each tee time. One volunteer will lead the group (as well as act as a second forecaddie when needed) the second volunteer will score, and the final volunteer will forecaddie the players’ shots. These jobs are best suited for someone who can be on their feet for long periods and enjoys walking the golf course.

      Parking and Transportation: This is an extremely important job. The Club needs members who can drive the players to and from the hotel in vans provided by the club in a timely and safe manner. If you are unable to walk 18 holes in a pod, this is still a great opportunity to interact with the golfers.

      Range/ Chipping/ Golf Shuttles: Each day the driving and chipping range will need to be managed for the golfers as they practice before and after each of their rounds. We will also need volunteers to shuttle the golfers to and from the range.

      Registration: From Wednesday, August 23- Friday, August 25 the players will be arriving and registration will be up and running. This is a great spot for those members who like to interact with the players.

      Ambassador/Hosts: These will be a mixture of jobs that range from traffic to clubhouse locker room greeter and anything in between. They are the roles that are crucial as it is generally the first contact with people as they enter Minikahda. This role is best suited for someone who has a working knowledge of The Minikahda Club, its history, and knows where everything is.

      Bull Pen: We will need extra volunteers each day to cover for gaps. This is perfect for members who are enthusiastic about helping out wherever needed.

      Shift Preference:
      Please mark below which shifts you are available with a "x" in the appropriate box. Shifts will last approximately 4-6 hours.
      Dates Available:
      AM
      PM
      Wednesday August 23
      Thursday, August 24
      Friday, August 25
      Saturday, August 26
      Sunday, August 27
      Monday, August 28
      Tuesday, August 29
      Wednesday, August 30
      Thursday, August 31
      For all volunteer requests and communication, please email Allison Krueger at senioramvol2017@gmail.com

      We are looking forward to working with you this summer!
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  • 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.