“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
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
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.