USGA announces Hidden Creek to host 2015 Senior Amateur

Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., has been named as the site of the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, the United States Golf Association announced Wednesday.

Hidden Creek, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, opened in 2002 and has hosted qualifying for three USGA championships, the latest being the U.S. Open in 2011. The dates for the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur are Sept. 26 through Oct. 1.

"Our members and staff are very pleased and proud that the USGA has selected our club to play host to this prestigious championship," Hidden Creek owner Roger Hansen said in a statement. "This is a fitting and welcome next step in our relationship with the USGA. We look forward to providing the Senior Amateur participants and spectators with a memorable experience."

Another Hansen-owned course, Blue Heron Pines East in Galloway Township, N.J., hosted the 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, won by current PGA tour star Brandt Snedeker.

The Senior Amateur is open to men who have reached their 55th birthday by the first day of competition and have a handicap index not exceeding 7.4. It has been contested since 1955.

Philadelphia-area players William Hyndman III and O. Gordon Brewer Jr., each have won the championship twice. Other Senior Am winners have included J. Wood Platt and Buddy Marucci.

--Joe Juliano