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Olympic, Bandon Dunes to host inaugural 4-Ball events

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The Olympic Club, Bandon Dunes, Winged Foot and Streamsong will host the inaugural men’s and women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championships in 2015 and ’16, the USGA announced Monday.

Olympic and Bandon Dunes will host the men’s and women’s competitions, respectively, in 2015, while Winged Foot will host the men and Streamsong the women in ’16. 

The new championships, which replace the men’s and women’s Public Links, will be held between mid-March and late May. Eligibility for the events will be limited to amateurs with a USGA handicap index of no more than 5.4 for men and 14.4 for women.  

There will be 128 and 64 two-player teams, respectively, with each playing their own ball throughout the round. The team’s score will be determined by using the lower score of the partners for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, each field will be reduced to the low 32 teams for the championship’s match-play bracket.

“We’re thrilled to bring the first two years of Amateur Four-Ball Championships to historic clubs that have hosted a number of USGA championships, as well as to celebrated newer venues,” said Tom O’Toole, the USGA vice president and chairman of the championship committee.

The 2015 men’s Amateur Four-Ball is scheduled for April 30-May 6 at Olympic Club in San Francisco, site of the 2012 U.S. Open. Bandon Dunes will host the 2015 women’s Four-Ball on April 30-May 6. 

Winged Foot, which hosted the U.S. Open in 2006, will host the 2016 Four-Ball on May 19-25, while Streamsong, which opened in 2012 and is southeast of Tampa, Fla., will host the 2016 women’s event on May 19-25. 

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