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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Thomas O'Toole Jr.
The U.S. Golf Association wanted to make a splash in its selection of sites for the new U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championship announced earlier this year.
The U.S. Women's Open is coming back to California for the first time in more than 30 years.
The U.S. Golf Association is adding its first championship in more than 25 years, getting rid of the U.S. Amateur Public Links in favor of a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship to meet what it says is a trend at the state and regional level.
The U.S. Open is returning to Winged Foot, the New York club with a history of clutch moments and one unforgettable collapse.
USGA Vice President Thomas O'Toole Jr. said the better-ball format for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship _ announced as replacements to both in February _ should lend to more exciting golf.
"Where better is women's sports celebrated than a state like California, one of the most significant states in the union?" said Thomas O'Toole Jr., chairman of the USGA's championship committee. "There's just great appeal to be able to go back there. Even though it's been a long time, we're excited that we accepted this invitation quickly."