The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced today the inaugural sites for its new U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships.
The sites for the event, which debut in 2015, are The Olympic Club in San Francisco (men's championship) and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. (women's championship). In 2016, Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. (men) and Streamsong Resort (pictured left) in Tampa, Fla. (women) will be hosts to the championships.
The Four-Ball Championship is the first event added to the USGA's stable of championships since 1995 when the Men's and Women's State Team Championships were launched.
Johnny Miller, 1973 U.S. Open champion and TV golf analyst, said on a USGA conference call that the Four-Ball Championship could become the USGA's most popular event in terms of the number of people who may want to give it a try.
"People will be coming out of the woodwork," says Miller, 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur champion. "It's a chance for players from all over to team up, with your best buddy, and go for this Four-Ball Championship. It (Four-Ball) is the way we played matches Monday and Tuesday on the (PGA) Tour. A lot of people who don't want the pressure of answering to their own score, with a partner, can turn it loose. An amazing amount of people are going to want to be part of it."