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As the proven host of champions, Pierce County will once again welcome some of golf’s top players to Chambers Bay Golf Course for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship on May 23-39, 2019. Established in 2015, the “Four-Ball” as it is known, is the newest USGA championship and replaces the now-retired U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship which was established in 1922. Not only does Chambers Bay have the privilege of being the first municipal course to host this event, it joins an elite list of courses including Olympic Club, Winged Foot, and Pinehurst, that have hosted a U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, and U.S. Four-Ball Championship.
Known by many as better-ball, or the shortened best-ball, four-ball is a widely popular format. In 2012 alone, state and regional golf associations in all 50 states conducted more than 150 championships using the four-ball format. It has been utilized at the Ryder and Solheim Cups. And if you drop by any course, be it public or private, you’ll likely see it being played by most groups. But until 2015, the USGA had not conducted a four-ball championship. That was the year KemperSports Management proudly hosted the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The year prior, KemperSports had the privilege of holding the final Public Links Championship at Sand Creek Station and The Home Course, which also served as a sister course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur and will co-host the 2019 Four-Ball Championship.
The rules of four-ball call for each team – or side – to be comprised of two players. Each person plays their own ball and the lower score of the side is counted for each hole (so if Player A scores a 5 and Player B scores a 4, the side’s score is a 4). At the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, each side will play 36 holes of stroke play to reduce the field from 128 teams to the lowest 32 for match play. Like other USGA championships, the match play draw will be seeded according to stroke-play scores. Match play will then be contested over the final days of the competition to determine a national champion. The rules for four-ball are essentially the same for both stroke and match play with a few nuances: one being teammates and their caddies can offer advice to each other, something not seen in a singles match. The team aspect is what makes four-ball such a popular format among recreational and elite golfers. And now, the USGA has a national championship to support it.
Chambers Bay is proud to be the chosen site for another exciting USGA championship. Once again, the hospitality of the region, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the caliber of its golf courses will be on display for a national audience, along with the talents of the game’s greatest amateurs.
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