Olympic Club to host inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship 

The United States Golf Association announced Monday that the first new event to be added to its schedule since 1994 will hold its inaugural tournament at San Francisco's Olympic Club.

The first U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be held at the historic course from April 30 to May 6, 2015, with the corresponding women's tournament to be held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., the same week.

The addition of amateur four-ball championships was announced in February.

"Four-ball has been a widely popular format at the state and regional golf association level and at golf clubs all across the United States," said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director for USGA.

Both the Lake and Ocean courses at Olympic Club will play host to 36-hole stroke-play qualifying rounds, with a match-play bracket to take place on the Lake Course. "Both The Olympic Club and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort have consistently ranked at the top in terms of their challenge to the world's best players as well as their support and commitment to amateur golf," Bodenhamer said.

The event will be the 10th USGA championship to take place at The Olympic Club, including five U.S. Opens with the most recent coming in 2012.

"We are especially thrilled that our newly enhanced Ocean Golf Course will be thrown into the national spotlight during the stroke play portion of this championship," said Dennis F. Murphy, president of The Olympic Club. "Our Lake Course needs no such acclaim as can be attested by the hugely successful by any metric 2012 U.S. Open."

Amateurs will have seven months to qualify for the event, an unusually long period. The men's championship will begin with 256 players on 128 teams, which will be reduced to 32 teams for match play. The women will start with 128 players on 64 teams, with the low 32 advancing.

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