This milestone was supposed to happen last year. Quail Creek Country Club was set to host Collier County's first-ever USGA Championship, the US Women's Mid Amateur Championship. Then came September 10, when Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida.
Quail Creek was ripped apart by the storm. It lost nearly 4,000 trees. The devastation came just a month away from the scheduled start date of the championship, forcing both Quail Creek and the USGA to cancel the event.
"We were ready, Quail Creek was ready, Naples was ready. It broke everybody’s heart," said Kevin F. Leo, the Director of Golf Courses and Grounds for Quail Creek Country Club.
Leo and his staff got right to work, removing debris and repairing the course to get it back in playing condition. But they never gave up hope that one day they would be able to host a USGA championship.
"We agreed, we would just keep talking into the future so that we could hopefully identify another championship hosting opportunity for them," said Mark Hill, the Senior Director of Championships for the USGA.
That opportunity has now been presented. Quail Creek will host the 2020 US Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
"We at the USGA are so happy that it worked out, that we are ultimately going to be able to bring a championship to that great club into the community there," said Hill.
"It’ll be an opportunity to show not only Florida but the rest the United States that we are a destination," Leo said.
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