For the first time ever, the Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship is heading to Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz. On Sept. 26-29, a field of 128 players comprising 64 teams across three divisions will embark on the Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish co-designed Canyon Course in an effort to lay claim to this year’s titles.
The 36th edition of the Trans-Miss Four-Ball, an annual team best-ball championship, is scheduled for 54 holes of stroke play with three divisions: Championship (25 and older), Senior (55-64), and Super Senior (65 and older). Each division plays from separate tees and yardages and a separate champion will be awarded in each division.
At the conclusion of 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 48 teams (and ties), with a pro-rated representation from each division. A revision to the format this year, the pro-rated allocation of teams making the cut from each division will reflect of the number of teams in each division at the start of the competition.
Forest Highlands Golf Club is no stranger to hosting national amateur events. Previously it hosted the 1996 U.S. Junior and 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships on the Canyon Course. Director of Golf Matt Bailey reiterated the connection the club’s membership has with the amateur game.
“We have a great membership and many who have played competitively in the amateur game for a number of years,” Bailey said. “Our membership feels strongly about giving back to amateur golf and we are looking forward to showcasing the community and the golf course.”
Designed by the architectural duo of Weiskopf and Morrish in 1986, the Canyon Course was carved out of breathtaking forest and rugged mountain terrain. A unique characteristic of the layout is the run of six par 3s between the fourth and 14th holes. The unique and challenging northern Arizona layout is sure to test competitors in an always exciting team Four-Ball format.
First round play commences on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. (PST). For more information pertaining to the championship, please click here. For first and second round pairings/starting times, please click here.