Next stop 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, FL
Congratulations to BGGA seniors Siyan Chen and Manhua Chen, both from the People’s Republic of China, for qualifying for the USGA Four-Ball with a round of 4-under 68.
Manhua Chen, who won the 51st Annual John Dropping Invitational, officially committed to play women’s golf for University of Washington, a team ranked 16thin the nation.
“It is very nice to see Wendy taking actions toward her dreams,” said BGGA Senior Coach Manuel Bermudez. “I’m sure she will have a positive impact and do great things at University of Washington. She has her future in her hands.”
Siyan Chen, who recently won the Gold Medal at The 16th Games of Zhejiang Province, signed her National Letter of Intent play golf for the University of Illinois women’s golf team.
“I think all areas of my game have improved, but the most improved part is my short game,” said Chen. “When I first came to BGGA I shot in the 80s and now my scoring average is 73. I now play consistently in tournaments.”
“The sky is the limit for Anna,” said BGGA Senior Coach Manuel Bermudez. “It’s going be great to watch her become one of the best players in the country over the next few years. She has the desire and talent.”
The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is played by teams of two golfers each with a handicap of 5.4 or less. 128 teams compete in a 36-hole stroke play qualifier that determines the field of 32 teams for match play. Play is conducted using a four-ball format.
The inaugural U.S. Women’s Four-Ball Championship – and the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship – are the newest national championships to be conducted by the USGA, conducted for the first time in 2015. Four-ball has become a wildly popular format for State and Regional Golf Associations across the United States. Last year, more than 150 championships, either strictly four-ball or as part of a competition format, were conducted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.