USGA to "retire" public links championships
By mustang6560 on 2/11/13
The USGA formerly announced its plan to create a new amateur championship starting in 2015.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the introduction of two new championships, the first national championships to be added to the USGA's competition roster in more than 25 years. The addition of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be played annually between mid-March and late May with the inaugural events scheduled for 2015, reflects the Association's continued commitment to supporting and growing amateur competition well into the future.As is the circle of life, in addition to adding the four-ball championships, the USGA plans to "retire" the U.S. Men's and Women's Amateur Public Championship next year.
In conjunction with the creation of two national four-ball championships, the USGA also announced the retirement of the U.S. Amateur Public Links (APL) and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) championships, following the completion of the 2014 competitions. The decision follows an internal review which determined that the APL and WAPL championships no longer serve their original mission because of the widespread accessibility public-course golfers today enjoy in USGA championships.I like the idea of adding a team competition to the championship calendar, however, it sucks the Public Links has to be cut as a result. I wonder how Bradt Snedeker feels about the decision? As a past champion, I bet he's not too happy about it.
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