About Us: History - Massachusetts Connection

The first national competition to take place on a Massachusetts course was the 1897 U.S. Women's Amateur, which was contested at Essex County Club. In that third playing of the USGA Women's event, 17-year-old Beatrix Hoyt bested a field of 29 entrants, which included runner-up and Essex County Club member Nellie Sargent.

Since that time, the USGA, PGA and LPGA have brought numerous competitions to clubs across the Commonwealth. In addition to hosting national and international competitions, this state also gave birth to some of the game's most talented players. Here is a look at the unique "Massachusetts Connection" that this state has enjoyed over the years.

Year Championship Winner Site
1897 U.S. Women's Amateur Beatrix Hoyt Essex CC
1898 U.S. Open Fred Herd Myopia Hunt Club
1901 U.S. Open Willie Anderson Myopia Hunt Club
1902 U.S. Women's Amateur Genevieve Hecker The Country Club
1905 U.S. Open Willie Anderson Myopia Hunt Club
1906 U.S. Women's Amateur Harriot Curtis Brae Burn CC
1908 U.S. Open Fred McLeod Myopia Hunt Club
1910 U.S. Amateur William Fownes The Country Club
1912 U.S. Women's Amateur Margaret Curtis Essex CC
1913 U.S. Open Francis D. Ouimet The Country Club
1916 U.S. Women's Amateur Alexa Sterling Belmont Spring CC
1919 U.S. Open Walter Hagen Brae Burn CC
1922 U.S. Amateur Jess Sweetser The Country Club
1925 U.S. Open William Macfarlane Worcester CC
1928 U.S. Amateur Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. Brae Burn CC
1932 U.S. Women's Amateur Virginia Van Wie Salem CC
1934 U.S. Amateur Lawson Little The Country Club
1941 U.S. Women's Amateur Elizabeth Hicks The Country Club
1953 U.S. Girls Junior Mildred Meyerson The Country Club
1954 U.S. Women's Open Babe Didrickson Zaharias Salem CC
1956 PGA Championship Jack Burke Blue Hill CC
1956 U.S. Junior Harlan Stevenson Taconic GC
1957 U.S. Amateur Hillman Robbins The Country Club
1960 U.S. Women's Open Betsy Rawls Worcester CC
1960 U.S. Senior Amateur Michael Cestone Oyster Harbors Club
1963 U.S. Women's Amateur Anne Sander Taconic GC
1963 U.S. Open Julius Boros The Country Club
1967 LPGA Championship Kathy Whitworth Pleasant Valley CC
1968 LPGA Championship Sandra Post Pleasant Valley CC
1968 U.S. Junior Eddie Pearce The Country Club
1970 LPGA Championship Shirley Englehorn Pleasant Valley CC
1971 LPGA Championship Kathy Whitworth Pleasant Valley CC
1972 LPGA Championship Kathy Ahern Pleasant Valley CC
1973 LPGA Championship Mary Mills Pleasant Valley CC
1974 LPGA Championship Sandra Haynie Pleasant Valley CC
1975 U.S. Women's Amateur Beth Daniels Brae Burn CC
1975 U.S. Girls Junior Dayana Benson Dedham C&PC
1977 U.S. Senior Amateur Dale Morey Salem CC
1982 U.S. Amateur Jay Sigel The Country Club
1984 U.S. Women's Open Hollis Stacy Salem CC
1987 U.S. Girls Junior Michelle McGann The Orchards GC
1988 U.S. Open Curtis Strange The Country Club
1992 U.S. Junior Tiger Woods Wollaston GC
1995 U.S. Women's Amateur Kelli Kuehne The Country Club
1995 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Ellen Port Essex CC
1995 U.S. Girls Junior Marcy Newton Longmeadow CC
1995 U.S. Amateur Public Links Chris Wollmann Stow Acres CC
1996 U.S. Senior Amateur Gordon Brewer Taconic GC
1997 U.S. Women's Amateur Silvia Cavalleri Brae Burn CC
2001 U.S. Senior Open Bruce Fleisher Salem CC
2003 U.S. Men's State Team Tennessee Charles River CC
2003 U.S. Women's State Team Ohio Wellesley CC
2004 U.S. Women's Open Meg Mallon The Orchards GC
2005 U.S. Junior Kevin Tway Longmeadow CC
2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Jennifer Song Red Tail GC
2013 U.S. Amateur Andrew Fitzpatrick The Country Club
2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur TBD Wellesley CC
2017 U.S. Senior Open TBD Salem CC

 

National Championships Won by Massachusetts Players:

Year Championship Winner
1905 U.S. Women's Amateur Pauline McKay
1906 U.S. Women's Amateur Harriot Curtis
1907 U.S. Open Alex Ross
1907 U.S. Women's Amateur Margaret Curtis
1908 U.S. Women's Amateur Katherine Harley
1911 U.S. Women's Amateur Margaret Curtis
1912 U.S. Women's Amateur Margaret Curtis
1913 U.S. Open Francis D. Ouimet
1914 U.S. Amateur Francis D. Ouimet
1914 U.S. Women's Amateur Katherine Harley
1921 U.S. Amateur Jesse Guilford
1931 U.S. Amateur Francis D. Ouimet
1946 U.S. Amateur Ted Bishop
1947 U.S. Public Links Wilfred Crossley
1956 U.S. Senior Fred Wright
1981 U.S. Women's Open Pat Bradley
1987 U.S. Public Links Kevin Johnson
1992 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Marion Maney-McInemey
2010 U.S. Amateur Peter Uihlein

 

International Competitions Conducted in Massachusetts:

Year Championship Winner Site
1927 Ryder Cup United States Worcester CC
1932 Walker Cup United States The Country Club
1938 Curtis Cup United States Essex CC
1953 Walker Cup United States The Kittansett Club
1958 Curtis Cup Great Britain, Ireland Brae Burn CC
1970 Curtis Cup United States Brae Burn CC
1973 Walker Cup United States The Country Club
1999 Ryder Cup United States The Country Club
2010 Curtis Cup United States Essex County Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

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