The Forecaddie is astonished as many of us were upon learning how many Drive, Chip and Putt finalists are competing in this week's U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball (nearly a 10% clip for DCP finalists). After Monday's round of 32, all but two were eliminated, reports David Shefter.
We discussed on Morning Drive what a statement this is for the DCP:
The average of participant--18.1 for the match play--does raise questions about what this event has become.
The USGA seemed to schedule the men's and women's four-balls at at time to discourage college players and make it easier for mid-amateurs to compete. At least on the women's side, the timing has been conducive to junior golfers and not so friendly to both college players (conference finals/regionals) and mid-amateurs (too early in the golf season). While I love seeing the young talent excel, it also calls into question who this U.S. Amateur Pub Links replacement is serving and if the April date is working for anyone.