U.S. Four-Ball Qualifier Preview: Ol' Colony Golf Complex
Ol' Colony Golf Complex
Ol' Colony Golf Complex

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It's not very often that the United States Golf Association adds a new championship, but they have done so twice this year with the advent of both the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and the Women's U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.

Conversely, the long-running Men's and Women's U.S. Amateur Public Links championships ended last year.

Qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be held this Monday, March 23 at Ol' Colony Golf Complex with the two lowest teams qualifying for this national championship, which will be played May 2-6 at storied Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.

Forty teams are set to tee it up in Tuscaloosa. Ol' Colony can now measure close to 7600 yards, but Brian Scheufler, Director of Rules & Competitions for the Alabama Golf Association, who will conduct the qualifier for the USGA, said the anticipated yardage is around 7000 yards.

In the championship, both the Ocean and Lake courses at the Olympic Club will be used for 36-hole stroke play qualifying, with the field of 128 teams reduced to the low 32 teams who will then head into match play, with the action to be televised on Fox Television as part of their new foray into USGA national golf coverage.

Qualifying for the Women's U.S. Amateur Four- Ball was held in the fall, with the nearest venue to Alabama at Old Waverly in West Point, Ms. And the lone qualifying team has strong ties to the state as they are Lea Green of McCalla and Linda Jeffery, now of Abilene, Texas, but formally an Alabama resident. They shot 71 to qualify and will be heading to famed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., May 9-13.

Sixty-four teams will take part in two rounds of stroke play, with the low 32 making it to match play. Green and Jeffrey have both won AGA state championships and Green is an instructor at Shelton State Community College.

ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying

Conducted over 18 holes, sectional qualifying is held at sites across the United States from late summer to spring.

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