Fabulous Four-Balls: We look at some of the best
21 Feb 2014
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com
The rise and popularity of team golf has
immensely in recent years. Ask any
golf fan and they’ll admit that the four-ball
foursomes formats are their favorite.
Mid Amateurs and seniors like the
four-ball format because the five-hour grind is
much more enjoyable when you've got a
playing alongside -- we're not always able to
practice as much as we would like and it's
to have someone take the wheel when we hit
sideways for a few holes.
With the USGA’s decision to cut the U.S. Public
Links Championship in exchange for the new
U.S. Four-Ball Championships (qualifying
this year for the men's and women's events
start in 2015), it’s clear that team golf is here
Following is a just a small list of the country's
top four-ball events.
Admittedly, most of these
invitationals and some, like the Williams and
Anderson, are almost impossible to get into.
heck, when Tom Lehman got back on the Tour
in 1992, he set the goal of winning an event,
making the Ryder Cup team, winning the
money title, and becoming the No. 1 player in
the world. And that came from a guy who had
struggle for the previous 10 years. Guess
He achieved all four (and one more I'm
forgetting) within the next seven years.
Established in 1983, the 36-hole event is
at the gorgeous SilverRock and Indian Wells
Resorts in Southern California. This year is the
first for the event's mid-am flight.
Links Championship: There's a reason we
keep going back...This year will mark the 13th
playing of our annual links championship with
three divisions played over three days at
Dunes, Bandon Trails and Bandon Dunes.
Anderson Memorial Four-
Ball: This is a big one. Many of the
top mid-amateurs and seniors make the
trek to famed Winged Foot for the four-day
event. A 36-hole stroke-play qualifier sets the
table for two days of match play.
The Devlin: There
aren't many events with the charm the Devlin
carries. Played at beautiful -- walking-only --
Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, S.C., the
is run by the Devlin Family and calls famed
Australian golfer, broadcaster and course
designer Bruce Devlin chairman.
John R. Williams Four-
Another four-ball at one of golf's
locations, the J.R. Williams Four-Ball is played
at Oak Hill, site of the 2013 PGA
To view a complete list of major four-ball
events, click here ».