U.S. Four-Ball Update: Buchanan and Baxter turn the tables on Christovich and Rank
25 May 2016
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, Jupiter Hills Club - Hills Course

SMU teammates Andrew Buchanan (L) & Benjamin Baxter advanced to the finals<br>USGA
SMU teammates Andrew Buchanan (L) & Benjamin Baxter advanced to the finals

MAMARONECK, New York (May 25, 2016) -- Going four holes down early in an 18-hole match is usually the kiss of death, especially against two of the best Mid-Am players in the country.

But the SMU team of Andrew Buchanan and Benjamin Baxter would not be held down, despite watching their opponents Garrett Rank and Patrick Christovich birdie four of the first five holes. (And hey, this is Winged Foot East, not your local muni.)

After losing the 5th hole to go 4-down, then tying the next three, Buchanan and Baxter showed some turned on a back nine Mustang stretch that would make Preakness winner Exaggerator proud.

They birdied four holes in a row, winning three of them. Now it was a match. After trading off pars on the next two holes, Buchanan and Baxter ran off a trio of birdies that Christovich and Rank couldn't match. But give them credit for being part of one of the best matches in this tournament's history.

The match was closed out by a birdie on the 17th hole, a 194 yard par-3. We're looking forward to watching the replay when it comes on Fox Sports 1 at 3:00pm EDT.

Buchanan, of Los Altos, Calif. and Baxter, of Flower Mound, Texas will now face Brandon Cigna and Ben Warnquist in the championship match.

ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, the newest USGA championship, was played for the first time in 2015 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 5.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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