Progress Report: 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying
(Photo courtesy of Winged Foot Golf Club)
(Photo courtesy of Winged Foot Golf Club)

In the most unique USGA qualifying of any of the association's amateur or open championships, the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball has just nine qualifying locations left on the schedule before the field is complete for the second annual event, being hosted in May of 2016 at the renowned Winged Foot Golf Club.

Avondale Golf Club in Palm Desert will host on November 30, and is one of three remaining qualifying sites left in California.

But before we preview what's upcoming, let's look back at some of the top best-ball performances by those punching their ticket to Winged Foot.

Frank Garber
Two teams have come in with rounds of 61, and at that number share the honor of lowest qualifying score thus far. University of Washington teammates Frank Garber and Spencer Weiss, sophomores from the Evergreen State, were the top qualifiers by two in Kent at Meridian Valley Country Club, beating out golfers from their cross- state rivals Washington State — Derek Bayley and Aaron Whalen. Also firing 61 were the duo of G. Michael Garcia and Ted Grassi III of Erie, Pa., who posted their number at Mayfield Sand Ridge Club back in August.

Whalen's brother Andrew, along with Northwestern teammate Dylan Wu, qualified at The Glen Club in Illinois while shooting 64.

Cody Proveaux
Notable names that will dot the field come next Spring include South Carolina brothers Cody and Caleb Proveaux. The older brother, Cody, who played collegaitely for Clemson, and Caleb, who has committed to play for the University of South Carolina, shot 62 at The Members Club in Elgin, S.C. to medal by two over John Patterson and Rob Simmons.

Brad Nurski
Mid-amateur standouts Brad Nurski and Skip Berkmeyer, both Missouri residents, shot 63 at Quincy Country Club near the Missouri/Illinois border to earn co-medalist honors. Nurski and Berkmeyer are no stranger to USGA events, with Nurski reaching the final of the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur and Berkmeyer reaching the round of 16 in 2007 and grabbing the top seed as medalist in 2008.

Matt Parziale
Massachusetts area mid-amateur players Herbie Aikens and Matt Parziale medaled with 9-under par 63 at Pinehills Golf Club. Parziale had a remarkable summer in the Northeast, winning the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur and earning the top seed at the U.S. Mid-Amateur, though he was upset in the first round of match play. Aikens won the 2013 and 2014 Massachusetts Mid-Amateur and was low amateur at the 2014 Cape Cod Open.

Vance Antoniou
A pair of senior amateurs finished as top dog in Illinois at Mistwood Country Club as Vance Antoniou and Mark Esposito shot 66 and grabbed a spot at Winged Foot. Antoniou, of North Barrington, Ill., has a couple top-10 finishes on the senior amateur circuit in 2015, including at T7 finish at the Jones Cup Senior and T9 at the Gateway Senior.

Moving ahead to upcoming qualifying tournaments, the Pebble Beach area will host on December 2 at the home of the Northern California Golf Association — Poppy Hills Golf Course. Players like 2015 NCGA Stroke Play winner Robert Salomon, 2015 California Amateur medalist Satch Herrmann, and two-time reigning Stocker Cup champ Brady Exber will be in the field at Poppy Hills.

Florida has a couple remaining sites, including one early next year at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto on January 11. Old Corkscrew Golf Club, site of the annual Old Corkscrew Senior Invitational, will host Florida's last site on April 11.

The Golf Club of Dallas will wrap up play two days later. Texas began this year's qualifying way back on August 17 at Blackhorse Golf Club where Drew Allenspach and Matthew Van Zandt medaled with 63 to be one of two advancing teams, which also included the group of Eric Lodge and Greg Pipkin.

ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying

Conducted over 18 holes, sectional qualifying is held at sites across the United States from late summer to spring.

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