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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced that the Wissahickon Course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club will serve as the host site for the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships. The 2019 Big Ten Championships will be held from April 26-28.
“We are very excited to bring the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships to the Philadelphia Cricket Club in 2019,” said Big Ten Associate Commissioner for Sports Administration Wendy Fallen. “We are confident that the club’s rich history and prestigious courses will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for our students and coaches.”
The Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships have been played since 1920, with 10 current Big Ten institutions having won at least one conference championship. Illinois claimed its 16th Big Ten title in 2018.
“It is a privilege for The Philadelphia Cricket Club to host the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship,” said Philadelphia Cricket Club President John White. “Our membership is delighted to have been chosen to host a conference so rich in tradition. I am certain the students from the 14 schools in 11 states that make up the Big Ten will find our golf course challenging and enjoy Philadelphia's great hospitality.”
Founded in 1854, The Philadelphia Cricket Club is one of the oldest clubs in the country devoted to the playing of games. As the name indicates, the Club was formed by a group of young men of English descent who had played the game while students at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the years, the Club has established itself as a home for many sports including golf, tennis, platform tennis, squash, and swimming among others.
The Philadelphia Cricket Club opened its first golf course in Chestnut Hill as a nine-hole course in 1895 and it was transformed into a new eighteen-hole course in 1897. The St. Martins course was the host site of the US Open Championships in 1907 and 1910.
In 1920, land was purchased to construct a new championship course in Flourtown, just 10 minutes away from the main clubhouse. This became known as the Wissahickon golf course which hosted the PGA Tour’s 2016 Constellation Senior Players Championship and will host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship. The 18-hole Militia Hill golf course, designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, opened in Flourtown in 2002. The Philadelphia Cricket Club became the only club to open an 18-hole golf course in three consecutive centuries.