Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., and Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata, Minn., will serve as the host clubs for the 2001 USGA Men's and Women's State Team Championships, respectively, the U.S. Golf Association has announced. The Championships are scheduled for Sept. 23-25. In addition, Kemper Lakes Golf Course, in Long Grove, Ill., has been selected to host the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. The Championship is scheduled from June 19-24.
Hazeltine National G.C., designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1962, will welcome its seventh USGA championship. The club has been the site of two U.S. Opens (1970 and 1991), two U.S. Women's Opens (1966 and 1977), the 1994 U.S Mid-Amateur and the 1983 U.S. Senior Open, as well as numerous Minnesota amateur championships. It also is set to host the 2002 PGA Championship. A rolling layout known for its extremely fast greens, Hazeltine features narrow fairways. Water comes into play on nine holes.
"Hazeltine National is extremely pleased to continue its relationship with the USGA as we host our seventh national championship," said Men's State Team Championship general chairman Cheryl B. Schneider of Hazeltine National Golf Club.
A Donald Ross-designed course, which opened in 1915, Woodhill C.C., will welcome its first USGA championship. A tree-lined and well-bunkered layout, Woodhill is known for its undulating fairways. It has served many times as host to the Minnesota Men's and Women's State Amateur Championships.
Minnesota is now the only state to host 14 different USGA championships.
The Women's Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, and it is one of 10 that are strictly for amateurs. It was begun in 1977, and remains open only to golfers who are public course players without private club membership.
Designed by Ken Killian and Dick Nugent and opened in 1979, Kemper Lakes has numerous bodies of water coming into play throughout the layout. The course hosted the 1992 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, won by Vicki Goetze over Annika Sorenstam, 1 up. It has been the site of the 1989 PGA Championship and the Grand Slam of Golf in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990. The Senior PGA Tour's Ameritech Open has been held at this suburban Chicago course since 1996. Kemper Lakes also has served as the home of the Illinois PGA Championship since its opening.
"Kemper Lakes is happy to be hosting such a quality golf championship," said KemperSports Management CEO Steve Lesnik. "Kemper Lakes has hosted many championships in the past. The Women's Amateur Public Links Championship only adds to that impressive list." Past WAPL champions include professionals Danielle Ammaccapane, Tracy Kerdyk, Jill McGill, Pearl Sinn, and Amy Fruhwirth. The 2000 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links will be played at Legacy Golf Links in Aberdeen, N.C. from July 4-9.