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Daniel Island Club to host 2 USGA championships

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Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek and Beresford Creek courses will host USGA championships in 2023 and 2026. Provided/Daniel Island Club

The U.S. Golf Association is bringing more championships to Charleston, announcing Feb. 1 that the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2026 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball will be played at the Daniel Island Club. It was announced earlier that the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball would be played at Kiawah Island Club's Cassique course.

A field of 264 players will be competing in the U.S. Junior Amateur with the winner earning an exemption into the following year's U.S. Open. Prominent among past U.S. Junior winners are three-time champion Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, a two-time winner. The tournament will be played July 24-29, 2023 with qualifying on the Rees Jones-designed Ralston Creek and the Tom Fazio-designed Beresford Creek courses. The top 64 will then advance to match play.

The 11th U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball will be held May 2-6, 2026. The specific course has not been determined.

“The commitment of two USGA championships to Daniel Island is a testament to the enthusiasm of the club and the challenge that its two courses will provide to competitors in both stroke play and match play,” Mark Hill, USGA managing director of championships, said in an announcement about the two events.

“We are proud to add Daniel Island Club as a championship host site and look forward to bringing the U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Four-Ball Championships back to the state of South Carolina.”

Greg Keating, president and CEO of the Daniel Island Club, noted that the club had previously hosted five USGA qualifiers, including three U.S. Open local qualifiers. The club also was the site of the Nationwide (now Korn Ferry) Tour Championship in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

"As a club we've always been passionate about giving back to golf and this is one way we can do that," Keating said. "This is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Junior, which we are super-excited about contesting here and we are excited about the 2026 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship as well. Any time we can be involved with the USGA, which is the governing body of golf in the U.S., and host one of their national championships it's an honor to be associated with them."

The U.S. Junior has been played three times in South Carolina — 1963 at Florence Country Club, 1979 at Moss Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, and 2015 at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton.

The U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball was held in 2017 at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach. South Carolina most recently hosted the 2021 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton.

The Country Club of Charleston hosted the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur and the 2019 U.S. Women's Open, and Cassique was the site of the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur.