USGA Selects Grand Reserve Golf Club in Puerto Rico To Host
It will mark the first time a USGA championship is held in a U.S. territory
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2021) – The USGA has announced the Grand Reserve Golf Club, in Puerto Rico, as the host site of the 7th U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The championship is scheduled for April 30–May 4, 2022. It will mark the first time a USGA championship is held outside of the U.S. mainland in a U.S. territory.
"We have a wonderful, longstanding relationship with the Puerto Rico Golf Association, and bringing a USGA championship to the island further demonstrates our commitment to working together even more closely moving forward,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “The Grand Reserve has an impressive pedigree, and we very much look forward to bringing the Women’s Four-Ball there.”
The Grand Reserve Golf Club, which is located within the Grand Reserve master plan, is best known for annually hosting the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open. The Puerto Rico Golf Association (PRGA), which recently joined the USGA’s network of Allied Golf Associations, will host the championship.
(Hole 4, Par 4, Championship Course)
"It’s an honor to have the opportunity to host a USGA championship, and we are so glad the USGA sees the same value in this partnership that we do,” said Sidney Wolf, president of the PRGA. “This will be a perfect opportunity to help grow women’s golf here by hosting this championship. We love golf and we love to showcase our magnificent island. The PRGA couldn’t be more excited for this to come to fruition.”
Designed by 1992 U.S. Open champion Tom Kite in 2006, the Grand Reserve stretches across a beachfront peninsula in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, just 15 miles outside the capital city of San Juan. Overlooking El Yunque National Forest, the course features seashore paspalum grass and white silica sand bunkers. It is a parkland style golf course that since 2008 has hosted the Puerto Rico Open, which has been won by notables including Tony Finau and 2018 U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland.
The 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball will be the first USGA championship held in Puerto Rico. It is open to two-player sides (or teams) of female amateurs with individual Handicap Indexes not exceeding 14.4. There are no age restrictions, and partners are not required to be from the same club, state, or country. Entries for the 2022 championship will open in May 2021.
(Hole 12, Par 4, Championship Course)
The championship begins with 18-hole qualifying, which commences the previous August and is conducted by Allied Golf Associations on behalf of the USGA. A total of 64 sides advance to the championship through qualifying or exemptions. Each player plays their own ball throughout the round, and the side’s score is the lower score of the partners for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke play, the field is reduced to the low 32 sides for match play, from which the champions are determined.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball was canceled last year. In 2019, Megan Furtney and Erica Shepherd claimed the fifth title at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. The 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball will be held at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, April 24-28. Starting with this year’s championship, winners of the U.S. Women’s Four-Ball will earn exemptions into the following U.S. Women’s Amateur.
About the PRGA
The Puerto Rico Golf Association (PRGA), a nonprofit organization, is the amateur governing body for the game of golf in Puerto Rico. Since its founding in 1954, the PRGA has developed, promoted and governed amateur golf throughout the island.
The PRGA is the 59th Allied Golf Association of the United States Golf Association. This alliance allows the local management of the World Handicap System and Course Rating as well as championship administration and other responsibilities. The PRGA recently introduced its new commercial brand, golfpr.org.
The Association is a member of the International Golf Federation (IGF), the Caribbean Golf Association (CGA) and is recognized by both the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee and the Department of Sports and Recreation. Over the years the PRGA has hosted many local and international championships, including the Caribbean Junior and Amateur Championships, the inaugural Copa de las Americas in 2003, the 2004 World Amateur Team Championships, the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), U.S. Amateur qualifiers and the PGA Tour Puerto Rico Open for 10 years, among other championships. To learn more, visit golfpr.org.
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