113th North and South Amateur starts Tuesday

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Pinehurst No. 4 and Pinehurst No. 2 will welcome the country's longest consecutive running amateur golf championship, the 113th North and South Amateur Championship, starting Tuesday.

Pinehurst No. 4 will host the first three days of the tournament, three days of stroke-play rounds.

Pinehurst No. 2, now less than a year from hosting the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, will have the top 16 players from the stroke play portion play 18-hole matches, four rounds of matches, Friday and Saturday to decide the champion.

Peter Williamson, shortly after winning his third Ivy League championship while a Dartmouth student, won the stroke-play medalist, on Pinehurst No. 8, and champion honors last July. Pinehurst No. 2 has been a host of the North and South Amateur throughout the event's history.

Williamson earned the Putter Buy Trophy as has the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Walter Travis, Billy Joe Patton, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Corey Pavin, Billy Andrade and Davis Love III when they were amateur golfers.

Local golfers in the 132-player field include Patrick Barrett of Pinehurst, Michael McGowan of Southern Pines and Amanjyot Singh of Buies Creek.

Along with being a highly-coveted amateur title to itself, the North and South Amateur is a serious stepping stone ahead of the U.S. Amateur Championship which will be hosted by The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. in August.

The North and South Amateur Women's Championship, in its 111th year, will be played July 15-20 on Pinehurst No. 4 and Pinehurst No. 2. The Junior North and South Championship, boys and girls tournaments, will be held July 8-11 on three courses, Nos. 1, 5 and 6. Both Senior North and South Amateur Championships are set for Aug. 19-22 on Nos. 1, 5 and 8.