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Beverly Country Club

Yardage: 6,672/6,654 yards
Par: 36-35—71
Defending champion: George "Buddy" Marucci
Opened: 1908
Designer: George O’Neil (revisions by Donald Ross)

USGA championships: This will be the second USGA championship at the club and the first since the 1931 U.S. Amateur, where Francis Ouimet defeated Jack Westland in the championship match for his final USGA title. This will be the 56th USGA event held in the state of Illinois and the fifth time the USGA Senior Amateur has been staged in the state. The 1943 Chicago Victory National Open Championship was also held at Beverly, which served as a substitute for the U.S. Open during World War II. Four Western Opens also have been conducted here, the last in 1970. In 2010, the club is scheduled to host the Illinois State Amateur and in 2011 the Western Junior, making it the only course to host all three Western Golf Association events (BMW Championship, formerly the Western Open, Western Amateur and Western Junior).

Club notes: Located just south of the city, Beverly C.C. is one of Chicago’s historical cornerstones. The first layout was done by George O’Neil, the club’s first professional. Tom Bendelow added changes to the layout shortly thereafter and in 1918, Donald Ross renovated the course to bring it up to championship standards. One feature of the layout is that no two holes run together. Five holes on the first nine are designed around a ridge that had part of the southern shore of prehistoric Lake Chicago, a forgotten body of water that deposited sand dunes along Beverly’s second nine. Some Ross experts consider it one of his best-ever designs.

Sweet Virginia: Noted amateur Virginia Van Wie won one of her first events at Beverly C.C. in 1925 before going on to claim three consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur championships from 1932-34.

Western champs: Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer each won Western Open titles at Beverly C.C. in 1963 and ’67, respectively.

Evans Scholars: Beverly C.C. has had a long-standing tradition of supporting caddies and the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholarship Program, which helps those from economically challenged families attend college. Beverly can boast of some 300 of the total 8,500 alums who have benefitted from the Evans Scholarship Program, making it the largest contingent of Evans Scholars in the country.

Illinois champs: Bill Shean Jr. was the last player from the state to win the Senior Amateur, beating Richard Van Leuvan in the 2000 final at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club. Shean also won the last Senior Amateur held in Illinois (1998 at Skokie C.C.).

Restoring the beauty: In 2002, Beverly C.C. members adopted a plan to completely restore and rejuvenate the golf course. Under the guidance of architect and restorer Ron Prichard the course has recaptured the original design concepts of Donald Ross, which included an extensive tree-removal project.

 

 
Championship Facts
PAR AND YARDAGE – Beverly Country Club will play at 6,654/6,672 yards and a par of 36-35—71.

ARCHITECT – Beverly Country Club was designed by George O’Neil and opened in 1908. Donald Ross redesigned the course in 1918. A renovation of the course, guided by golf course architect Ron Prichard, was completed in 2008.

COURSE AND SLOPE RATING – The USGA Course Rating® for the Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club is 72.7 and USGA Slope Rating® is 133.

USGA AND ILLINOIS – The 2009 USGA Senior Amateur will be the 57th championship conducted in the state of Illinois, ranking it fourth among states hosting the most USGA championships. The last USGA championship in the state was the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton. The Senior Amateur is making its fifth appearance in Illinois (1962, 1973, 1979, 1998).

SCHEDULE OF PLAY:

Saturday, Sept. 12 — First round, stroke play (18 holes)

Sunday, Sept. 13 — Second round, stroke play (18 holes)

Monday, Sept. 14 — First round, match play (18 holes)

Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)

Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes)

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Final, match play (18 holes)

ADMISSION IS FREE – Admission and parking is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.



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