The 80th Monroe Invitational, one of the longest running amateur tournaments in the United States, will be held at Monroe Golf Club June 8-13, 2020.  The four round medal play event attracts many of the top amateur players in the U.S. and internationally. 2019 champion, Andy Ogletree of Georgia Tech, went on to also win the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst.  Ogletree became the third Monroe champion to also win the U.S. Amateur title in the same year. Robert Riegel (1947) and Sam Urzetta (1950) also won the Monroe and U.S. Am in the same year. Fred Ridley, the 1975 U.S. Am winner, won the Monroe a year later in 1976.

“The 80th edition of the Monroe Invitational is going to be a special event.  We have some great additions and new associations that will enhance the tournament and continue its outstanding tradition,” said Monroe Golf Club General Manager Scott Ellender.

The 2020 Monroe will mark the 40th anniversary of Jeff Sluman’s victory in the tournament in 1980. Sluman, Rochester’s most decorated golfer since Walter Hagen, went on to win the 1988 PGA Championship and five other PGA Tour victories.  Sluman has also won six times on the PGA Championships Tour.

“Our field has included many of golfs’ greatest players over the last four decades and having a champion like Andy Ogletree last year only underscores the talent we see at Monroe every June,” said Joe Merlin, Monroe Golf Club’s Head Professional.

Among the players who have won the Monroe are Dustin Johnson, Thomas Pieters and D.J. Trahan.  Tiger Woods competed in the 1993 Monroe when the tournament was match play. Tiger lost to eventual champion Tom Creavy in the semifinals.   ”I played here as an amateur, at the Monroe Invitational, an old Donald Ross course, and man it was just a fantastic golf course,” said Tiger in 2013 when he returned to Rochester for the 2013 PGA Championship at nearby Oak Hill Country Club.

Monroe Golf Club’s 18 hole championship course was designed by Donald Ross in 1923.  The course has been named one of America’s top 100 Classic Courses by Golfweek. The Monroe Invitational has been held every year since 1937 except during World War II (1942-1945).  Monroe Golf Club also hosted the 2014 LPGA Championship, a major on the women’s tour.

The 2020 field will include 84 of the top amateurs and college age players.  A qualifier for non-exempt players will be held on Monday, June 8th.  The first round of the 72-hole medal play tournament will be held Wednesday June 10th.  The final round is set for Saturday, June 13th.

Monday, June 8th
8:00 am – Qualifying Round
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Player Registration
10:00 am – Practice rounds for Monroe Invitational players

Tuesday, June 9th
10:00 am – 12:00pm – Monroe Invitational Blitz Event Contestant Registration
12:00 pm – Required lunch for Monroe Invitational Blitz Event Participants
1:15 pm – Monroe Invitational Blitz Event Shotgun start
6:00 pm – Monroe Invitational Blitz Event Buffet Dinner, All contestants are required to attend

Wednesday, June 10th
Player Breakfast Provided
7:30 – 9:30 am – First Round of Monroe Invitational
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch provided for Monroe Invitational Contestants
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Monroe Invitational Short Course Tournament

Thursday, June 11th
Player Breakfast Provided
7:30 – 9:30 am – Second Round of Monroe Invitational
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch provided for Monroe Invitational
6:45 pm – Long Drive Contest – Prizes to Top 4
7:30 pm – Monroe Invitational BBQ – Casual Dress – Jeans Allowed

Friday, June 12th
Player Breakfast Provided
7:30 – 9:30 am – Third Round of Monroe Invitational
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch provided for Monroe Invitational Contestants

Saturday, June 13th
Player Breakfast Provided
7:30 – 9:30 am – Fourth Round of Monroe Invitational
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch provided for Monroe Invitational Contestants
2:00 pm – Awards Ceremony