Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

MR. GOLF: Birmingham to Host USGA Championship

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

MR. GOLF: Birmingham to Host USGA Championship

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Exciting news that the Country Club of Birmingham has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the host site for the 2016 USGA Men's State Team Championship. The club's second USGA championship will be contested Sept. 28-30, 2016, which will be only three years after it hosted the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Iowa resident Mike McCoy.

"Based on the club's rich history of contributing to amateur golf, we are confident it will provide a fantastic environment for this biennial team championship that brings together amateur players from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico," Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman, said.

The Country Club of Birmingham has long had a rich tradition of supporting amateur golf and will also host the 2016 State Amateur Championship, which will be the 100th playing of this championship.

"...The chance to host another USGA national championship is a real thrill for our membership. We look forward to working with the USGA in planning what we hope will be a memorable event for all involved," Jack Brown, club president, said.

The USGA Men's and Women's State Team Championships began in 1995 and have since been contested biennially. Beginning in 2010, Men's State Teams have been contested in even-numbered years and Women's State Teams in odd-numbered years. USGA-

designated state and regional golf associations may use any criteria of their choosing in selecting their teams, which comprise three amateur, non-college golfers.

It is a 54-hole, stroke-play event contested over three days. In each 18-hole round, the total of the two lowest scores by players on each team constitutes the team score for the round. The three-day total is the team's score for the championship. Alabama's best finish came in 2005, when it finished second at Berkeley Hall Club's South Course in Bluffton, S.C. Texas has claimed the championship a record four times: 1999, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

U.S. Four Ball qualifier at Ol' Colony

Qualifying for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball was held last Monday at Ol' Colony Golf Complex with four teams shooting 68 to head to a playoff for the two qualifying spots for this national championship, which will be played May 2-6 at storied Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Forrest Crabtree and Austin Hynson, both of Mobile, advanced in the playoff, as did Lew Mitchell of Birmingham and Will Swift of Hoover. Both teams made par to move on.

Brothers Clay and Jake Nolen, both of Hoover, and Jeff Helfrich of Stuart, Fla., and Chris Moore of Memphis, Tenn., failed to advance from the playoff after both teams made double bogey.

Crabtree and Hynson are lifelong friends having grown up playing junior golf and high school golf at UMS Wright High School in Mobile. Hynson played golf for the University of Alabama, while Crabtree went to Samford. …

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