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USGA shakes up National Championship Line-up

For the first time in more than 25 years, the USGA has added two new championships to the competition roster. The addition of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be played annually between mid-March and late May, shows the Association’s continued commitment to supporting and growing amateur competition well into the future.

The last tournament to be added by the USGA was in 1987 with the creation of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

Eligibility for both national four-ball championships will be limited to amateurs, with no age restrictions. Team partners will not be required to be from the same club, state or country. Also, substitution of partners will be permitted until the close of entries. Entry is limited to individuals with a USGA Handicap Index 5.4 or under for men and 14.4 for women.

The USGA’s national amateur four-ball championships will begin with sectional qualifying at dozens of courses across the nation. The tournaments will consist of 128 and 64 two-player teams respectively, 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, the field will be reduced to the low 32 teams.

The USGA also announced the ending of the U.S. Amateur Public Links (APL) and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) Championships. The decisions follow an internal review which determined the championships no longer serve their original mission due to the widespread accessibility public-course golfers today enjoy in USGA Championships.

Host sites for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be announced at a later date.