OXNARD, Calif. (March 12, 2015) — Qualifiers are winding down for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. At River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard, Calif., a father/son duo of Jim and Scott Williams shot nine-under 63 to medal by three shots and earn their spot at The Olympic Club in May.
Jim, a 58-year-old former golfer for USC (and third year member of the USGA Executive Committee) and his son Scott, who played collegiately for Penn, are from Orinda, in the East Bay region of Northern California. The duo played bogey-free and used a string of five birdies in a row starting on hole 9 to spring their six-under round of 30 on the back nine.
If the elder Williams was planning on any official USGA duties (he was a walking scorer at the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club) it's likely he'll be off the hook so he can focus on golf.
Also qualifying at River Ridge were Oliver Rheinfurth and his parter Marc Reyes. Rheinfurth, 55 of Westlake Village, and Reyes, of Los Angeles, needed a playoff to squeeze into the final qualifying spot after shooting six-under 66. The pair knocked off well-known Southern California amateurs Tim Hogarth and Corby Segal, as well as Brandon Gama and John Pate. Gama was forced to compete in the playoff on his own as Pate chose to return to Santa Barbara to attend his son's baseball game.
Rheinfurth is a four-time USGA competitor, having most recently played in the 1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur. He also competed in the U.S. Amateur in 1981, 1983, and 1998.
For full results from River Ridge, click here.