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Eaton and Klasse Defend Women’s Four-Ball Championship Title

Longtime playing partners Kim Eaton and Leigh Klasse defended their 2019 Arizona Women’s Four-Ball Championship, holding on to win this year’s edition at -5 overall. Eaton and Klasse followed up a first round 66 (-6) with a final round 73 (+1), good enough for a one-shot win over Breyana Matthews and Mari Miezwa (-4; 71-69).

“Yesterday, my partner (Klasse) putted lights out and made everything,” said Eaton after the win. “Leigh had five birdies and I had three, so I was a help on a couple of holes.”

Liz Waynick and Sue O’Connor finished tied for third at 145 (+1 overall) with Corey Weworski and Jamie Hoffmann, followed by Molly Steffes and Tori Totlis rounding out the Top 5 at 146 (+2).

Matthews and Miezwa narrowed their first round, five-shot deficit to one stroke after firing two-under-par through 10. But Eaton and Klasse would convert a lone birdie and bogey through the next six holes, to hold the lead by one. Klasse came up big when she converted a birdie on the 16, which proved to be the difference.

“Today, we didn’t hit the ball very well,” said Eaton, a seven-time Senior Women’s Player of the Year. “We did not make too many putts, but Leigh made a very crucial putt on the 16th hole for a birdie. If she would not have made that on 16, we would have been in a playoff right now. We’re just excited to sneak away with the win.”

“It was a different day today – it wasn’t as easy as yesterday,” said Klasse. “Yesterday, everything was going in. I just kind of just saw the lines better. Today was totally different.”

This is the fourth Arizona Women’s Four-Ball Championship title for Klasse and Eaton as partners (2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020). Combined, they have competed in nearly 80 USGA Championships including the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Women’s Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links.

In the Net Division, Barbara Ross and Susan Yauk (67-62; 129) played a stellar second round on Wednesday, winning the Four-Ball Championship Overall Net title by six shots over Jackie Byrd and Linda Torkington (70-65; 135).

Ross said starting and finishing strong was one of the keys to their winning performance. The teammates each commended the format of the tournament, saying they played well off each other and had a good partnership.

Ross and Yauk are excited to build on their win, with both players saying they are happy to see AGA Women’s tournaments being played again, and are planning on participating in more events in the future.

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USGA Finalizes 2020 Championship Schedule

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (May 18, 2020) – The USGA announced several updates to its 2020 championship schedule today, as the organization continues to reconfigure its season due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur, scheduled for Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., and the 120th U.S. Amateur, scheduled for Aug. 10-16 at Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort, will be conducted as scheduled, provided that CDC recommendations and state and local government guidelines make it possible to do so.

In addition, the USGA announced that the remaining four 2020 amateur championships will be canceled: those are the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (which was scheduled Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C.); U.S. Senior Amateur (Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.); U.S. Mid-Amateur (Sept. 12-17 at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., and Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va.); and U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (Sept. 12-17 at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.).

“Throughout this process, our primary focus has been the safety and well-being of everyone involved, including our players, volunteers, host club representatives and staff,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA. “We have not taken these decisions lightly and wish we had more options. But with a continued, keen interest in doing what is best for all involved, although we are extremely disappointed, this is the right decision.”

The USGA previously announced the cancellation of six 2020 championships: the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Senior Women’s Open, U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Junior Amateur.

The USGA will thus conduct four championships in 2020, all at their originally scheduled sites. In early April, the USGA announced that the 120th U.S. Open will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., from Sept. 17-20, and the 75th U.S. Women’s Open will be played at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, from Dec. 10-13. Testing and robust health and safety protocols will be in place at each of the four championships.

All four championships will be conducted without qualifying, which means the fields will be filled entirely through exemptions. Given continued health and safety concerns, as well as the potential burden on Allied Golf Associations and the courses scheduled to host qualifying, conducting hundreds of qualifiers across the country for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open was not seen as a viable option.

“As you can imagine, this was an incredibly difficult decision, as qualifying is a cornerstone of USGA championships,” said Bodenhamer. “We take great pride in the fact that many thousands typically enter to pursue their dream of qualifying for a USGA championship and we deeply regret that they will not have that opportunity this year. But this structure provides the best path forward for us to conduct these championships in 2020.”

Additional information regarding the expanded exemption categories for each championship will be made available in the coming weeks.

The USGA previously announced that it would delay opening entries for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships until the week of July 6. The 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be contested April 24-28 at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas. The 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be played May 22-26 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., and The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

For more USGA schedule updates, visit usga.org and usopen.com.

About the USGA  
The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

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Charles Schwab Cup Championship reduced to 54 holes as part of modified PGA TOUR Champions schedule

PHOENIX – PGA TOUR Champions announced today that its tournaments in 2020 and 2021 will combine
to form one season, and the next Charles Schwab Cup champion will be crowned in November 2021 at
the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The 2020 Charles Schwab Cup Championship will be converted
to a regular season event, featuring an expanded field of 81 players and an additional pro-am day
scheduled for Thursday, November 5.

Due to the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, eight PGA TOUR Champions tournaments
have been canceled from the original 27-tournament schedule. A number of other events have been
rescheduled to later in the calendar year and a decision on The Senior Open presented by Rolex will be
forthcoming.

In an effort to uphold the competitive integrity of the Charles Schwab Cup, PGA TOUR Champions will
combine the 2020 and 2021 seasons and form a singular 2020-21 season. In addition, other measures
are being taken to offset some of the impact made by the cancellation of tournaments.

  •  In 2020, the field size of tournaments will increase from 78 to 81 players.
  •  In 2020, the three Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs events will be converted into 81-player fields.

“While we won’t have a Charles Schwab Cup champion in 2020, we feel that the combined schedule for
2020-21 is the best solution for everyone associated with PGA TOUR Champions,” said PGA TOUR
Champions President Miller Brady. “The wonderful support from Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and
Phoenix Country Club has helped us address some of the schedule complications caused by the COVID19 pandemic, and as a result we have created solutions that best serve our members and our
tournament communities. I am confident that our 2020 Charles Schwab Cup Championship will deliver
an exciting week of golf that will continue to provide hope and inspiration for golf fans and everyone in
the greater Phoenix community.”

The reduction to 54 holes allows the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to contest official tournament
pro-ams on Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 5.
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The Charles Schwab Cup Championship will proceed as planned with spectators on-site; however, the
tournament team will work closely with the PGA TOUR to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow the
recommendations of local and state authorities in order to determine the most appropriate on-site
access. Further updates on fan attendance will be dependent on available protocols that could be
implemented to ensure the health and well-being for all involved.
“We are looking forward to a tremendous tournament week and one in which we will now host 81 PGA
TOUR Champions players with an additional pro-am for our partners and fans,” said Executive Director
Tiffany Nelson. “The health and safety of all constituents will continue to be our No. 1 priority as we
adhere to information put forth by state and local officials in the coming months.”
Information on hospitality options, grounds tickets and volunteers will be announced in the coming
months.
Five events have been completed and 13 tournaments remain on the 2020 schedule, beginning with The
Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan (July 31 – August 2). PGA TOUR Champions
events to be contested in 2021 as part of the combined 2020-21 schedule will be announced later this year.

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