FAR HILLS, NJ August 21, 2014 – The United States Golf Association has accepted entries for 336 teams (or two-player sides) for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be contested May 9-13 on the Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore.
Entries for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball are open to players who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 14.4, 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 proud that this inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball has been met with such interest,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “This championship marks a new era in USGA history, and we are looking forward to seeing what unfolds at Bandon Dunes and beyond.”
The USGA received entries from golfers in six countries, including the U.S. Within the U.S., entries were received from 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Sectional qualifying, conducted over 18 holes, will be held at 27 sites in 22 states between Aug. 25, 2014, and March 30, 2015. California has the most sectionals with three, while Florida and Texas will each host two sites. The sectional qualifier originally announced in Idaho has been canceled.
A total of 64 two-player teams will compete in the U.S. Women’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.
Five teams are exempt from qualifying due to both players being ranked among the top 500 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ as of the close of entries on Aug. 6. The teams are: Bethany Wu/Andrea Lee, Hannah O’Sullivan/Robynn Ree, Emily Campbell/Cheyenne Knight, Angel Yin/Muni He and Mika Liu/Rinko Mitsunaga.
The 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball will be the fourth USGA championship held at Bandon Dunes, and the second held on the Pacific Dunes Course. The 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship were held concurrently on the Bandon Trails and Old MacDonald Courses and won by Corbin Mills and Brianna Do, respectively. The USA’s victory at the 2006 Curtis Cup Match was played over the Pacific Dunes Course, while Trip Kuehne won the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship on the Bandon Dunes Course.
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.
The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
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