Inaugural USGA Amateur Four Ball Championship

Inaugural USGA Amateur Four Ball Championship

Inaugural USGA Amateur Four Ball ChampionshipThis is the inaugural USGA Amateur Four Ball event and is being held at the Olympic Club in San Francisco where five U.S. Opens have previously been held along with 3 U.S. Amateur and one U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.  My brother in law use to caddy at this club when he was growing up.  The course plays to 6,981 yards par 70 and was designed by Sam Whiting in 1927.  This course is characterized by rolling hills, tree lined fairways and has two par three’s on each side and only two par fives on the back.

Qualifying was open to amateur golfers with a USGA handicap of 5.4 or less and began with sectional qualifying over 18 holes at 51 different sites in the U.S. beginning in August of 2014.  It is open to spectators for free and accepted 2,234 entrants for this inaugural USGA event.

Inaugural USGA Amateur Four Ball ChampionshipThe championship field began on May 2nd and 3rd with 128 sides (256 golfers) with two 18 hole qualification rounds and has been cut to the low 32 sides for match play.  The champion will be determined from these final groups over another five 18 hole rounds.  Wednesday May 6th will conclude the event with the semifinal and championship rounds.

Four Ball for those that don’t know is a match play event consisting of two teams of two golfers each playing their own ball.  The best score for each two person team is recorded as the teams score and is compared to the other teams best score.  As with all match play events the winning side’s score on each hole gives the team a one up lead.

The 2016 U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship will be held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York and the 2017 event will be at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Today was the first time I was made aware of this event and am elated at the prospects for golf enthusiasts across the globe.  I may try and qualify for this event next year if I can find a suitable partner.  If there are any takers out there be sure and let me know.  I was able to catch the quarterfinal rounds this evening on television by accident and noticed that this is the first USGA event hosted by the Fox television network.  Greg Norman as well as Corey Pavin were part of the golf announcing crew.  I know that Fox outbid NBC for the right to televise USGA events last year.  I was sorry to see Johnny Miller and his crew go, but Greg, Corey et al may be a suitable replacement.  We will see.

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