Nelke, Dunstan set for U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship

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Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour standouts Raychel Nelke of Pocola and Bailey Dunstan of Little Rock will square off against Megan Propeck and Lacy Shelton Saturday in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

Nelke and Dunstan teamed up to win a qualifier by shooting 74 at Hot Springs Country Club on Oct. 25.

Below is a fact sheet with information on the event.

2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Fact Sheet

April 27 – May 1, 2019
Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla. ( | @USGA| #USWFourBall

Course Setup

Timuquana Country Club will be set up at 6,307 yards and will play to a par of 36-36–72. Based on the setup, the Course Rating™ is 76.0 and the Slope Rating® is 136.


Timuquana Country Club Hole by Hole

Hole       1              2              3              4             5             6             7            8             9              Total

Par         4              4              4              5             3             5             4             3             4              36

Yards     365         380         340          494         165        510         375        140         395          3,164


Hole       10           11            12           13           14           15           16           17           18           Total

Par          4             4              5              3             4             5             3             4              4             36

Yards      400        320          485         190         338        490        155        375         390          3,143


Note: Yardages subject to change.

 About Timuquana Country Club
Established in 1923, Timuquana Country Club has earned distinction as one of Florida’s premier country clubs. The club is a rolling panorama, from the iconic 18-hole Donald Ross golf course to the antebellum clubhouse nestled on the St. Johns River. The club has also hosted several USGA and major state events, including the 1923 Florida State Amateur (won by T.W. Palmer), 1928 Florida State Amateur (won by A.C. Ulmer), 1999 Florida State Mid-Amateur (won by Joe Alfieri II), 2002 U.S. Senior Amateur (won by Greg Reynolds) and the 2010 Florida State Mid-Amateur (won by Stephen Anderson).

Admission is free. Tickets are not required for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.

 Championship Field

A starting field of 64 sides (128 golfers) will compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Following 18-hole rounds of stroke play on April 27 and 28, the field will be cut to the low 32 sides for match play. Five 18-hole rounds of match play will determine the champion.

 Sectional Qualifying
Sectional qualifying was conducted over 18 holes at 30 sites between Aug. 27, 2018 and March 18, 2019.

 Schedule of Play
Practice rounds will take place April 25-26, and the championship schedule is as follows:

  • April 27 (Saturday): First round, stroke play
  • April 28 (Sunday): Second round, stroke play
  • April 29 (Monday): First round, match play
  • April 30 (Tuesday): Second and quarterfinal rounds, match play
  • May 1 (Wednesday): Semifinal and championship rounds, match play

 What the Winners Receive

  • A 10-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, provided the side remains intact and amateur
  • A gold medal and custody of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Trophy for one year
  • Their names will also be inscribed on a plaque recognizing all the 2019 USGA champions that will reside in the Hall of Champions inside the USGA Golf Museum in Liberty Corner, N.J.

2018 Championship

Colorado State University golfers Katrina Prendergast, 20, of Sparks, Nev., and Ellen Secor, 20, of Portland, Ore., erased a 2-down deficit with four holes to play to defeat Lei Ye, 16, of the People’s Republic of China, and Ya-Chun Chang, 17, of Chinese Taipei, 1 up, in the 18-hole final match on a chilly and breezy day at El Caballero Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. Secor and Prendergast are the second consecutive college teammates to win the Women’s Amateur Four-Ball after Furman teammates Taylor Totland and Alice Chen prevailed at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in 2017.

 Championship History
The inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship was played in 2015 on the Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. With the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, which also debuted in 2015, the championships were the first annual additions to the USGA competitive schedule since the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur began in 1987.


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