U.S. Amateur Four-Ball headed to CC of Birmingham in 2022
CC of Birmingham (USGA photo)
CC of Birmingham (USGA photo)

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Nov. 1, 2018) – The United States Golf Association has announced that the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.) will host the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The championship will be played May 14-18, 2022.

“The Country Club of Birmingham will be an outstanding venue for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball because of its passionate engagement with amateur golf, its history of successful USGA championships and its two world-class golf courses,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships. “The players at the 2022 Four-Ball will be thoroughly challenged on the course but also thoroughly welcomed in all their on-site experiences.”

Founded in 1898, the Country Club of Birmingham relocated from its original site in North Birmingham to Shades Valley, where two 18-hole courses (East and West) were designed by renowned architect Donald Ross and opened in 1926. Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Pete Dye contributed revisions to the West Course.

“This is a signal honor for the Country Club of Birmingham, as we will become one of a very few clubs to host three USGA national championships in a decade’s time, and it reflects our continued commitment to promoting amateur golf and our special bond with the USGA,” said club president Harlan Prater. “We look forward to hosting the competitors and renewing our friendships with the USGA staff.”

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The Country Club of Birmingham previously hosted the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, won by Michael McCoy, and the 2016 USGA Men’s State Team Championship, won by Michigan.

The club has hosted 10 Alabama State Amateurs and served as the stroke-play co-host course to Shoal Creek for the 1986 U.S. Amateur. The course has also served as a sectional qualifying site for numerous USGA championships through the years, most recently for the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2012 and 2014.

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 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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