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U.S. Amateur Four-Ball headed to Kiawah Island in 2023
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As the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball approaches, the USGA is already looking at the event’s future. The organization has announced that the Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, S.C., will host the event in 2023. It will be the second USGA championship at Kiawah.

The Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique Course will host both stroke play and match play, while the club’s River Course will serve as the stroke-play co-host course. The courses previously hosted the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur, in which Nathan Smith defeated Tim Spitz, 7 and 6, in the 36-hole championship match for the second of his record four U.S. Mid-Amateur titles.

The Kiawah Island Club, which is owned and operated by Kiawah Island master developer Kiawah Partners, is located about 25 miles south of Charleston.

“The Kiawah Island Club continues to support and advance amateur competition, and the USGA is appreciative of this continued and passionate commitment,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “U.S. Amateur Four-Ball continues to be one of our most popular championships and provides for a spirited and dynamic team competition. We look forward to identifying an Amateur Four-Ball champion in the state of South Carolina for the first time in 2023.”

The Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique Course opened in 2000 and was designed by Tom Watson, the 1982 U.S. Open champion and a five-time winner of The Open Championship, conducted by The R&A. The links-style course is named for the Kiawah Indian chief who settled in an area where the Kiawah River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, the newest USGA championship, was 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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