Wykagyl Country Club Set to Host 100th NYS Men's Amateur

January 30, 2023

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The New York State Golf Association is excited to announce that Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle will host the 100th New York State Men’s Amateur Championship, scheduled for August 7-9, 2023.

The centennial tournament marks the first time a NYSGA championship will be held at Wykagyl Country Club. The Men’s Amateur was last held in Westchester County when Colonie’s Jay Gunning won at Knollwood Country Club in 1986.

Related:  Wykagyl CC Home / 99th NYS Men's Am Coverage / Past Champions

Since the inaugural championship in 1923 at Garden City, the men’s amateur has annually showcased and identified the top players in the Empire State.

Eleven former champions already hold a place in the New York State Golf Association Hall of Fame and include amateur and professional legends such as Don Allen, Ray Billows, Terry Diehl, John Konsek, John Baldwin, Alan Foster, Joey Sindelar, Jeff Sluman, Bill Tryon, Willie Turnesa and Sam Urzetta.

“Wykagyl is an ideal fit to host our 100th NYS Men’s Amateur. The club’s exceptional layout and history, as well as their first-class facilities made it an easy choice to bring this special tournament year to Wykagyl,” said Andrew Hickey, the NYSGA’s Assistant Executive Director.

The Westchester county course was originally designed by Lawrence E. Van Etten in 1905. Over the years, the layout has been altered by several others, with the most significant changes to the course influenced by famed golden age architects Donald Ross (1919) and A.W. Tillinghast (1930). Eventually, modern updates and improvements were introduced by the notable duo, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Wykagyl is a hilly and tree-lined old fashioned golf course, complete with plenty of blind shots and small, tricky greens that are reflective of the early 1900s. The course has a unique mix of holes, including five par fives, five par threes and eight par fours, and stretches out to 6,690 yards at a par of 72.

Like many of the notable and historic golf clubs in the region, the famously rocky and undulating terrain provided a perfect canvas for many unique holes and exciting green sites.

The club has often hosted professional tournaments, going as far back as 1944 and as recently as 2007.

Many legendary players have walked its fairways including Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Annika Sörenstam, and Paula Creamer.

It has also welcomed regional amateur championships throughout the club’s history, including the Met Opens, three Westchester Amateurs (including the first two), one Met Amateur and seven of the MGA IKE championships.

Exemptions will be given to the following finishers from 2022 NYSGA championships:
- NYS Men’s Am: Top 20 and ties
- NYS Men’s Mid-Am: Top 10 and ties
- NYS Men’s Senior Am: Top 5 and ties

In addition to these exemptions, there will be other exemptions available to players that can be found on the championship's golf genius tournament site.

For site/date information on other NYSGA Championships in 2023, click here. Online registration for these tournaments will open on Wednesday, March 1st.


Wykagyl Country Club

Wykagyl Country Club traces its origins all the way back to 1898 (and celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2023), a time when golf in America was just taking shape with the construction of the first courses in Westchester County and other parts of the Northeast.

Through the years, the club has hosted major professional and amateur tournaments and considered to be one of the most enjoyable and beautiful courses in the country.