Nearly 5,000 Players Sign Up for 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Olympic Club
August 12, 2014
While many were disappointed to see the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship go, the USGA’s plan to switch to Four-Ball has gained some steam.
On Tuesday, the USGA announced that it has accepted entries for 2,234 teams (or two-player sides) for the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, scheduled for May 2-6 at The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, Calif.
This year’s U.S. APL received 2,848 entries.
To be eligible for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4, with no age restrictions. Team partners are not required to be from the same club, state or country, and substitution of partners was permitted until the close of entries.
“We are pleased that nearly 4,500 players will compete in qualifying for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “The four-ball format is exciting for amateur golf and we are confident that this championship will continue to grow in popularity for both players and fans.”
The USGA received entries for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball from golfers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 17 foreign countries.
Conducted over 18 holes, sectional qualifying will be held at 51 sites across the United States between Aug. 13, 2014, and March 31, 2015.
Among the sites hosting qualifying will be the new Poppy Hills Golf Course. Qualifying at Poppy Hills will be held December 1.
There are sectional qualifying sites in 35 states. California has the most sectionals with six, while Florida, New York and Massachusetts have three each. Two sectional qualifiers are scheduled in Texas, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
A total of 128 two-player teams will compete in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, with each playing their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score will be determined using their better-ball score for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play competition, the field will be reduced to the low 32 teams for the match-play portion of the championship.
Three teams are exempt from qualifying due to both players being ranked among the top 400 in the current World Amateur Golf Ranking™. The teams are: Sam Burns/Austin Connelly, Patrick Christovich/Garrett Rank and the NCGA tandem of Bryson Dechambeau/Austin Smotherman. Dechambeau resides in Clovis, while Smotherman lives in Loomis.
The 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will use both courses (Lake and Ocean) at The Olympic Club for 36-hole stroke-play qualifying, and the club’s famed Lake Course will host the championship’s match-play bracket. It will be the 10th USGA championship contested at The Olympic Club.