“The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is our newest championship and we feel
that the format has widespread appeal,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice
president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “It is fitting that the
2017 championship will be contested at a place that has played a significant
role in the history of American golf. We are grateful for our continuing
friendship and partnership with Pinehurst.”
"Pinehurst is especially proud to host the U.S. Amateur
Four-Ball, which extends our deep connection with the USGA and celebrates our
passion for the amateur game," said Don Padgett, president of
Pinehurst. "Our friendship with the USGA was forged by the founding Tufts
family and continues to this day. And for nearly as long, Pinehurst has held
events that showcase the best in amateur golf."
In the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, each of two competitors plays their
own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score is determined by using the
lower score of the partners for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play
qualifying, the field will be reduced to the low 32 teams for the championship’s
match-play bracket, from which the eventual champions will be determined.
The 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be the ninth USGA
championship to be held at Pinehurst, including the unprecedented back-to-back
U.S. Open Championships in 2014. Previously, the USGA conducted the following
championships at Pinehurst No. 2: 1962 U.S. Amateur (won by Labron Harris Jr.);
1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Vicki Goetze-Ackerman); 1994 U.S Senior Open
(won by Simon Hobday); 1999 U.S. Open (won by Payne Stewart); 2005 U.S. Open
(won by Michael Campbell); and the 2008 U.S. Amateur (won by Danny Lee).
Eligibility for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship is limited
to amateurs, with no age restrictions. Partners comprising teams or sides will
are not required to be from the same club, state or country. Entry is limited
to individuals with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4.
The USGA’s amateur four-ball championships (for men and women)
will debut in 2015, with sectional qualifying beginning in August 2014. Prior to
2017, the Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be conducted at The Olympic Club
in San Francisco, Calif., from May 2-6, 2015 and at Winged Foot Golf Club in
Mamaroneck, N.Y., from May 21-25, 2016.