Olympic, Bandon to host inaugural 4-ball events

The Olympic Club in San Francisco and Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort will play host to the respective inaugural men’s and women’s national four-ball tournaments in 2015, the U.S. Golf Association will announce today, sources told Golfweek.

It will be the first time since the State Team Championships in 1995 that the USGA has introduced a championship to its schedule. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship were announced on Feb. 11 and are replacing the respective men’s and women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links, which will conclude in 2014.

The Olympic Club has hosted nine USGA events in its history, including U.S. Opens in 1955, ’66, ’87, ’98 and 2012. Three U.S. Amateurs (1958, ’81 and 2007) and a U.S. Junior Amateur (2004) also have been played at Olympic.

Bandon Dunes, a five-course complex dating to 1999 on coastal Oregon, also has a rich – albeit briefer – history with the USGA. The 2006 Curtis Cup, 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur and 2011 men’s and women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links tournaments were played at Bandon.

The USGA also will announced the 2016 sites for the national four-ball championships. The men will play at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and the women will go to the newly designed Streamsong (Fla.) Resort.

The championships likely will be played in late spring.

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