U.S. Amateur ‘a home run’
“The USGA thought (the 2011 U.S.
USGA praises Erin Hills and Blue Mound G&CC
Amateur) was an unparalleled success –
better than their wildest expectations.”
— JIM REINHART
he Monday after the U.S. Amateur
was a day of reflection for Jim Rein-
hart, general chairman of the event, and
John Morrissett, the competitions director
at Erin Hills, site of the championship.
What had taken almost two years of plan-
ning was now in the rearview mirror.
In their final analysis of the 111th U.S.
Amateur, officials from the United States
Golf Association had nothing but praise
for Erin Hills, Blue Mound G&CC, the staff,
volunteers and everyone else involved.
“They thought (the 2011 U.S. Amateur)
was a home run and an unparalleled
success – better than their wildest
expectations,” said Reinhart.
In a press conference on the final day of
the tournament, added Morrissett, “Mike
set-up, and then there is the big and open
With the no admission policy, crowds of
about 3,000 came out to support tomorrow’s
stars. “The positive vibes we got from the
community on (the free admission policy)
was really good,” Reinhart said.
Davis (USGA executive director) compared
(Erin Hills) to Pebble Beach and Shinnecock
Hills in terms of mainstays in American
And the players? “They absolutely loved
it. They loved Blue Mound as well,” said
Reinhart. “They thought the contrast was
really fun. Blue Mound was shorter with
wild greens, with the old traditional course