VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – With another nod to its storied history, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club looks ahead to its next championship.
Pinehurst Resort and Country Club unveiled the logo for the upcoming 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in a special ceremony at the club on Tuesday. The logo, featuring the historic Golf Lad, commemorates the Four-Ball, which will be played on Pinehurst No. 2 and Pinehurst No. 4 from May 27-31.
Frank Presbrey, Pinehurst’s first advertising counselor, created in the early 1900s a young boy that appeared in the resort’s early advertising and calendars. He was called “The Golf Lad.”
In 1912, sculptress Lucy Richards used the Golf Lad as the model for her bronze statuette in sundial form. The statue was known as “The Sundial Boy” until the 1970s until “The Putter Boy” name caught on.
The Golf Lad has been used as part of the logo in many of Pinehurst’s most recent USGA championships, including the three U.S. Opens in 1999, 2005 and 2014.
The 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be the ninth USGA championship to be held at Pinehurst, including the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open Championships in 2014. In 2019, the U.S. Amateur will be played at Pinehurst, and in 2024, the U.S. Open’s return to Pinehurst will mark the first time in over a century the USGA has awarded four Opens to a single site in a span of 25 years.
The 2024 U.S. Open will be the 11th USGA championship to be hosted by the club and will be the 10th in the last 35 years, more than any other site in the United States. The course has served as the site of more single golf championships than any destination in America.
In the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, each of two competitors plays their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score is 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 champions will be determined.
The 2017 edition will be the third playing of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. In late May, Southern Methodist teammates Benjamin Baxter and Andrew Buchanan won the 2016 championship at Winged Foot. The first U.S. Amateur Four-Ball was played at The Olympic Club in 2015. Eligibility for the Four-Ball is limited to amateurs, with no age restrictions. Partners comprising teams or sides are not required to be from the same club, state or country.