America's First Amateur Champion

Old Macdonald
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Charles Blair Macdonald, who wanted a governing body to run national championships, was a pivotal force in the founding of the USGA. In 1894 when two clubs held national amateur competitions, each claiming that their winner was the national champion. Macdonald argued for a single national championship. After the USGA was formed in 1894, the inaugural U.S. Amateur was held in 1895 at Newport (R.I.) G.C. Macdonald won. But he is probably better known for his golf course architecture, having designed Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. and The National Golf Links of America on the eastern end of Long Island.