BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) - The next generation of golfers is competing this week in metro Detroit. The 116th Amateur Championship is being player at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills.
A field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 15 and 16 on each of the two qualifying courses, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 17 and the championship concludes with a 36-hole championship match on Aug. 21.
"The course is amazing," says Jamie Bower. He came from London. "[It's a] totally different style."
So far, golfers have been singing the praise of the course at Oakland Hills, while hoping their praises will be sung at the end of the championship. Bower is here along with Scott Gregory from England, and they say this week is very important in the world of golf.
"We say it's sort of like the pinacle of the Amateur game, the U.S. Amateur. Our British Amateur is obviously out there as well, but this is very difficult games. That's why we work so hard to try and get here and enjoy it when we are," Gregory says.
From overseas to down the road, the University of Michigan has a few golf players who are competing at the the premier golf championship.
"A couple of these guys want to build careers in golf, but it's one shot at a time. That's what we say in golf always," says University of Michigan's golf coach, Chris Whitten.
It's the 116th year for the players to tee off. The grounds at Oakland Hills are considered one of the best around.
There's no green for winning here, just prestige and a foundation to build a career, for some.
"We get two finalists that will play 36 holes on Sunday, August 21," says General Chair of U.S. Amateur Championship Lee Juett.
If you'd like to watch, single-day tickets are $20. Offsite parking and shuttle bus are included with the ticket.
For more information, visit www.2016usamateur.com.