JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 20, 2016) - The second edition of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship is set to begin Saturday and run through Wednesday, May 25th. The host course will be Tom Doak's Blue Course at Streamsong Resort. This is the first time the 2012 design has hosted a USGA event. The course plays as a par-72 and is 6,216 yards.
Play for the 64 team field will begin tomorrow with the first of two stroke play qualifying days. Following the completion of play on Sunday the top 32 teams will advance to match play beginning on Monday. Play will run through Wednesday when the semifinal and championship matches will be played.
Last year Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga won the the inaugural championship defeating Hannah O’Sullivan and Robynn Ree 4&3 on the Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Neither team is returning to the event this year.
TEAMS TO WATCH
Sierra Brooks and Kristen Gillman
Both players are just 17-years-old but already have amassed an impressive golf pedigree. Brooks from Sorrento, FL will be a member of this June's Curtis Cup team and finished second in last year's U.S. Amateur. Last year Brooks won the South Atlantic Amateur and the Southern Amateur. In March Brooks competed in the LPGA's first major the year, the ANA Inspiration.
Gillman, the 2014 U.S. Amateur champion has committed to the University of Alabama and will continue her career there in the fall. Over the last couple of years the Austin, TX resident has competed in five LPGA events, most recently playing in the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout a few weeks back.
Meghan Stasi and Dawn Woodard
Stasi, the former Ole Miss women's golf coach, competed in the 2008 Curtis Cup and has won the U.S. Amateur four-times. In addition, the Fort Lauderdale, FL resident, is a seven-time winner of the Philadelphia Women's Amateur.
She will be playing with Dawn Woodward, from Greer, SC, for the second consecutive year and they will look to best their quarterfinal run last year.
Alexa Pano and Alyssa Lamoureux
This is a very unique team, in that the oldest player is all of 16-years-old. Alexa Pano of Fort Lauderdale, FL might only 11-years-old but she has already made a name for herself in the golfing community by winning the 11-12 year old age bracket at this years Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge. Her playing partner, Alyssa Lamourex, at 16 is the elder statesmen of the pairing. Lamourex is from St. Petersburg, FL.
Regardless of the outcome this week we should all keep an eye on these two as the years continue to move forward.
Kim Kaul and Victoria Parker
The Kaul and Parker team is another team that jumps off the page. Both players are from Buffalo but they are almost 40 years apart in age. Kaul, at 57, is a Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame member and a former Olympic trails invitee as a softball player. While her partner, 18-year-old Victoria Parker, is just getting her career underway.
Mariah Massa and Julie Massa
For the second straight year the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball will have a mother-daughter combination in the field. Julie Massa won the 2013 Michigan Mid-Amateur while her daughter Julie recently finished her senior season at Michigan State. Her best finish came at the Battle in Belmont when she finished seventh. The Massa's reside in Holt, MI.
-The USGA provided information for this story