HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Prairie Dunes Country Club will play host to the 114th Trans-Miss Amateur Championship. Set for July 10-13, the Trans-Miss Amateur this year features another world-class field as the event moves from last summer’s fog and cool temperatures at The Olympic Club in San Francisco to the strong winds and stifling heat of the Midwest.
Among the notable players who will attempt to conquer the unique and storied links-like course is Dallas native Scottie Scheffler, winner of the Low Amateur medal at June’s U.S. Open, and Sacramento’s Cameron Champ, the only other amateur to make the cut at Erin Hills. Champ finished T32 at the U.S. Open.
Joining Scheffler and Champ at Prairie Dunes are two recent Trans-Miss Amateur champions. Will Zalatoris from Plano, Texas, will attempt to become the first three-time winner since Allen Miller (1969-71). Zalatoris, a senior at Wake Forest, won the 113th Trans-Miss Amateur at The Olympic Club and the 111th edition in 2014 at Southern Hills. Cal-Berkeley junior Collin Morikawa also is in the field at Prairie Dunes. He won the 112th Trans-Miss Amateur in 2015 at Flint Hills National.
Kansas senior Chase Hanna, who won the Big 12 Individual title at Prairie Dunes this spring, will return to compete in the 114th Trans-Miss Amateur. Texas senior Doug Ghim will be there, too. He finished T2 at the Big 12 Championship and solo third at the 113th Trans-Miss Amateur. Iowa State junior Ruben Sondjaja will look to improve on his runner-up Trans-Miss Amateur finish last summer in San Francisco. Also in the field this year is 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree from Shreveport, La. Barbaree finished second to Morikawa in 2015 at the 112th Trans-Miss Amateur.
Prairie Dunes has a rich history of hosting elite championships, especially the amateur variety. This summer will mark the sixth Trans-Miss Amateur Championship held at the prestigious club, which also welcomed the tournament in 1958, ’73, ’87, ’96 and 2005. The NCAA Men’s Championship was played there in 2014, as were the 2006 U.S. Senior Open, 2002 U.S. Women’s Open, 1995 U.S. Senior Amateur and 1988 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Prairie Dunes has hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur three times – 1964, ’80 and ’91 – as well as the 1986 Curtis Cup.
The format of the Trans-Miss Championship calls for 72 holes of stroke play. The 144-player field will be cut to the low 54 scores (including ties) following the second round. The final 36 holes will be played in succession on the final day of the tournament, mirroring most collegiate championship formats.