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Bethpage Black to host 118th Met Amateur Championship

18th hole of Bethpage State Park's Black Course

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (January 6, 2020) – The Met Amateur stands as the MGA's oldest championship, yet we already know history will be made with its 118th playing, July 30 - August 2, when Bethpage State Park's famed Black Course becomes the first-ever public course to host the championship. Registration for all events on the 2020 MGA schedule – as well as the 2020 LIGA and WGA championship schedules – will open on March 1.

Related: 2020 MGA Championship Schedule

Upon welcoming the Met Amateur, Bethpage Black will become the 18th venue to have hosted all three of the MGA's majors – the Ike, Amateur and Open – and will stand as the only public course on the distinct list. The famed A.W. Tillinghast layout, past U.S. Open, PGA Championship host and home of the 2024 Ryder Cup crowned Ike champions in 1953 and 1994 and welcomed the Met Open in 1989, 2001 and 2010.

Country Club of Darien in Darien, Conn., makes its MGA championship debut in a big way as host of the 65th Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship, June 29-30. Country Club of Darien has garnered much-deserved attention following a redesign by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, whose work earned the club "Renovation of the Year" by Golf, Inc., in 2010, and established the layout among the top in the region.

Related: LIGA Schedule | WGA Schedule

Meanwhile, Mountiain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J., will host an MGA event for a 15th time and crown its 7th MGA major champion with the 105th Met Open Championship Presented by Callaway, August 18-20. Mountain Ridge stands among a pair of exclusive distinctions when it comes to hosting MGA events, as one of five clubs to have hosted eight different MGA events and as one of the soon to be 18 venues that have hosted all three of the MGA's majors.

The MGA has officially announced its 2020 calendar of competitions, which includes a number of additional highlights and newsworthy notes:

93rd MGA Senior Amateur Championship | May 5-6 | Mill River Club
   • 3rd championship hosted by the club, 1st since 1996 Mixed Pinehurst

28th MGA Senior Net Four-Ball Tournament | May 12 | Ardsley CC

19th MGA/WMGA Women’s Met Amateur Championship | June 8 | Atlantic GC
   • 5th MGA championship hosted by the club
   • Ina Kim-Schaad won at Atlantic in 2016

73rd MGA Public Links Championship | June 10 | Pound Ridge GC
   • 1st MGA championship hosted by the club
   • New York's only Pete Dye designed course

65th MGA Ike Stroke Play Championship | June 29-30 | CC of Darien

57th MGA/WMGA Mixed Pinehurst Championship | July 2 | Lawrence Yacht & CC

23rd MGA/WMGA Women’s Public Links Championship | July 8 | Griffith E. Harris GC

103rd Met Junior Championship Sponsored by MetLife | July 14-16 | Rockaway River CC
   • 
13th Met Junior Championship hosted by the club

31st MGA Father & Son Net Tournament | July 20 | Tam O’Shanter Club

18th MGA Carter Cup | July 29 | Canoe Brook CC
   • 
Canoe Brook steps in as usual host Baltusrol has begun a restoration project on its Lower Course and typical alternate host Winged Foot welcomes the 2020 U.S. Open
    7th different MGA event hosted by the club

 

118th Met Amateur Championship | July 30 – Aug. 2 | Bethpage State Park (Black)
   • 
6th different MGA event hosted at the course

70th MGA Father & Son Championship | August 11 | Echo Lake CC

52nd MGA/MetLife Boys Championship | August 13-14 | Glen Ridge CC
    2nd Boys Championship hosted by the club 

105th Met Open Championship Presented by Callaway | August 18-20 | Mountain Ridge CC
   •
4th Met Open hosted by the club (1966, 1985, 2000)

The 24th MGA Senior Open Championship | August 24-25 | Essex County CC
   •
10th MGA championship hosted by the club

9th MGA Senior Masters Tournament | September 15 | Trump National – Bedminster (New)
   •
First MGA championship held on the club's New Course

14th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship | October 6-7 | Somerset Hills GC
    5th MGA championship hosted by the club

French-American Challenge Matches | October 20-21 | Quaker Ridge GC
   6th different MGA event hosted by the club
   • First club to host both the Carey Cup and the French-American Challenge

36th MGA/MetLife Women’s Four-Ball Championship | TBA | Knollwood CC

44th MGA/MetLife Men's Four-Ball Championship | TBA | TBA

 

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