SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Beginning May 2 at
Olympic Club in San
Francisco, the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will
off its inaugural
tournament, and teeing off on the
club's two courses will be a
slew of unique and intriguing pairings.
From former USGA champions to top-
high-schoolers, the 256-player field should
fun to watch. In fact, the
final two days will be
televised on Fox Sports 1, the first of many
USGA events to be covered by the Fox
networks in 2015 and beyond.
Here is a look at some of the notable teams
headed to Northern California
Todd White, the reigning Azalea
Invitational champion, and four-time U.S.
Amateur winner Nathan
form the mid-amateur
super-pair. White himself has done well at
recent U.S. Mid-Amateurs,
reaching the semifinals in 2012 and 2014.
Smith's most recent USGA win
came in 2012, though Smith and White did
match up against one
another in the semifinals. White's win at this
year's Azalea was historic as
he was the first mid-amateur player to win
event since 2000.
Another high-touted mid-amateur team
will represent West Des
as Mike McCoy and Gene Elliott will team up.
McCoy will be fresh off his
Invitational title, winning by seven shots for
third victory at Seminole in
the last five
years. Elliott's last big win came at the 2013
Crump Cup where he defeated
Sughrue of Arlington, Virginia. Elliott is also a
former Coleman winner,
taking the crown
in 2007 and 2009. McCoy is a USGA winner,
claiming his elusive U.S.
title in 2013. The Iowa duo will be paired with
Phil Mickelson's brother Tim
and his playing partner Jake Yount in the 36-
Rounding out the mid-amateur features
are the group of Scott
Harvey and Todd Mitchell. Harvey, who is
currently the raining champion of
four national events, including the U.S. Mid-
Amateur and South American
Amateur, will join Mitchell, the 2008 U.S.
Amateur runner-up from
Bloomington, Illinois. Harvey and Mitchell
qualified in St. Louis at the
renowned Bellerive Country Club.
The most fascinating group in the field
might be the team of Sam Burns and
the two top-ranked junior golfers in the
Both Burns and Connelly are high-school
will join their respective SEC universities this
fall, with Burns headed for LSU and Connelly
Arkansas. Connelly fought through a playoff
January to win the Jones Cup, just a year
on the losing end of a playoff at the same
tournament. Burns' best amateur finish in
runner-up showing at the Sunnehanna, but
Shreveport, La. has countless junior
like the 2014 Junior PGA Championship, which
earned him an exemption into the 2015
Open on the PGA Tour.
Southern Methodist University
teammates Bryson DeChambeau and Austin
Smotherman, both from Northern California,
pair up at Olympic Club to represent
Mustang team. The collegiate juniors both
competed this month at the Terra Cotta
in Florida where DeChambeau tied for third
Smotherman tied for 26th. Smotherman
USGA experience, reaching the quarterfinals
the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links and
qualifying for last year's U.S. Amateur.
DeChambeau also played at Atlantic Athletic
2014 where he reached the round of 16.
DeChambeau's most notable victory came in
the Trans-Miss Championship.
Those are just five of the 128 teams set to
descend upon The Olympic Club this
where 36 holes of stroke play qualifying will
way to the top 32 teams qualifying for
match play. May 6 will conclude the inaugural
event, with semifinal and championship
rounds taking place on Thursday on the Lake
For a full list of groups and pairings, please
View results for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Golf Championship