The Eastern Amateur accepts 156 players into the championship each year and another 12 spots are available through the First Flight qualifier. That is a large field but Elizabeth Manor is a fast course and we generally have no trouble getting the players around the course in 4 hours and 20 minutes. This size field allows us to offer the opportunity to compete at a high level to many players who are looking for a competitive event. The late Rod Meyers, Duke coach, said that he appreciated the size of the field because he could get players accepted. This size also allows for a very diverse field.
- Any player that made the cut in the previous year and submits an application by June 15th is automatically accepted.
- We normally accept 20 strong mid-amateurs (30 and over) and 10 top juniors.
- Elizabeth Manor has many good players as the club was recently ranked 28th by a national golf magazine, and we accept several of those members each year.
- The remainder of the field is comprised of very strong young players mostly from the college ranks. Most of these players are on scholarship on their teams or consistent top 5 players.
- Each year we accept international players. They have come from Australia, Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.
- We accept players who have completed college and continue to compete at a high level both regionally and nationally.
We receive more entries than we can accomodate each year. We would like to accept all, but simply can't. We pay attention to those players who have competed in the past as well as those who have applied but not gotten accepted in previous years and reapply. Our tournament director has worked as a rules official for the past 30 years in college golf and keeps close tabs on the strong players. The tournament chairman sends letters to over 70 college coaches for recommendations and receives responses from most. In addition there are many smaller non-scholarship programs with great golfers and those also receive consideration.
The selection process is a long and complex process and we spend a great deal of time and energy to ensure we are as fair as we can possibly be.