U.S. Amateur Four-Ball puts team play into focus
08 May 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Golf Championship, Pinehurst Resort

The motivational quote reminds us that there’s no ‘I’ in the word ‘Team’.

A competitive golfer would change that well- known quote to suggest that there’s also no ‘I’ in ‘Four-Ball’.

As the competitive schedule across the country ramps up, focus turns to regional, state and invitational team competitions. While the two-man team format has been a popular one in recent years, the upcoming U.S. Four- Ball Championship sure has put it in focus this season.

In the month of May, alone, there are at least 50 two- man team events being held across the country. State association four-balls were slated in Alabama, Colorado, Virginia, Massachusetts and Texas, just to name a few, while regional associations like the Carolinas Golf Association, Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Golf Association, Palm Beach County Golf Association and the Northern California Golf Association hold their annual two-man events.

The month of May is also host to numerous invitational four-balls, including many filled with elite fields.

Just last weekend, the Champions Cup was played at Champions Golf Club in Houston. Kenny Ebalo and Gregory Horodesky won over a solid field but perhaps a deeper look at the teams in the field lend an eye to what we might expect May 2-6 next year at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Dan Crockett and Parker Smith, who’ve won multiple titles at the Anderson Memorial Four-Ball, finished second alongside the Texas duo of Brad Kropp and Randy Lance. Brady Exber and former U.S. Mid- Amateur champion Kevin Marsh tied for sixth.

Throw in the recently-completed National Invitational at Whisper Rock and even our own AmateurGolf.com Two-Man Links Championship, there is undoubtedly a major focus on four-ball and team events. And the list goes on and on...

With the lengthy qualification process beginning as soon as Aug. 13 at Hackensack Golf Club in Oradell, N.J., registration has already begun and teammates, no doubt, being sided.

With another 70 two-man team events (at least) slated from today through the start of qualifying, you can be we’ll know a bit more about the potential fields at the Four-Ball by mid-summer.

Are you planning on trying to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball? Have you picked out a partner yet? Let us know in the comments below.
ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, the newest USGA championship, will be played for the first time in 2015 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 5.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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