Yesterday, the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced the Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta as the host site for the 2018 edition of the United States Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
The USGA is pleased to return to Jupiter Hills Club with the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “The USGA is committed to supporting and advancing amateur competition, and we know the club will provide a comprehensive test for the players. The more than 2,000 entries we received for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball have proven this will be a widely popular championship.”
Jupiter Hills Club’s Hills Course will be used for both stroke-play qualifying and the match-play portion of the 2018 championship. The course was designed by George Fazio and opened for play in 1970. Tom Fazio, George's nephew, renovated the Hills Course in 2006.
This will not be the first time that Jupiter Hills Club will host a USGA event. The Hills Course hosted the 1987 U.S. Amateur Championship, won by Billy Mayfair, 4 and 3, over Eric Rebmann. With that win, Billy Mayfair became the first player to win the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links titles.
In addition, Jupiter Hills Club served as a host site for U.S. Open sectional qualifying in 2007 and 2008 and also hosted the Florida State Amateur in 2008 and 2013.
“Jupiter Hills once again welcomes the world of amateur golf to our club as we prepare to host the fourth U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2018,” said Allen Haldeman, club president. “We are proud of our many ties to the USGA, including hosting the 1987 U.S. Amateur. We look forward to providing Amateur Four-Ball competitors and spectators with a memorable experience.”
The 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be the 22nd USGA championship contested in Florida and will take place May 19th through the 23rd.
The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship is open to teams of male amateurs with a handicap of 5.4 or lower. Teams will not have age restrictions or be required to be from the same club, state or country.
The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball begins with 18-hole sectional qualifying conducted by state and regional golf associations. At the national championship, 128 two-player teams will each play their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score will be determined by using the lower score of the partners for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, the field will be reduced to the low 32 teams for the championship’s match-play bracket, from which the eventual champion will be determined.
The inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be held May 2-6, 2015, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. The 2016 event will be held at Winged Foot Golf Club in N.Y, while Pinehurst will host the event in 2017.