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2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Roundup
20 Sep 2017
by Chris Brauner of AmateurGolf.com

see also: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying, Various sites across the United States

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VARIOUS SITES ACROSS THE USA (Aug-Sep, 2017) - Sectional qualifying for the 4th U.S. Four-Ball Championship, contested over 18 holes at 51 sites across the United States, began Aug. 28 and continues until Apr. 9.

2,279 entries were accepted for the championship. 10 teams (or sides), including 2017 champions Frankie Capan and Shuai Ming Wong, are exempt into the championship, with the remainder of the 128-team field coming from sectional qualifying.

Exempt Teams:

Nathan Smith & Todd White (2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champions)
Clark Collier & Kyle Hudelson (2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball runners-up)
Dylan Wu & Cole Madey (Both players within Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Sherrill Britt & Greg Earnhardt (2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball runners-up)
Chip Brooke & Marc Dull (2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinalists)
Frankie Capan & Shuai Ming Wong (2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champions)
Justin Tereshko & Joseph Deraney (Both players within Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Brandon Cigna & Ben Warnquist (2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball runners-up)
Patrick Christovich & Garrett Rank (2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinalists)
Cole Hammer & Garrett Barber (Both players within Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)

Highlights from qualifying include:

August 28

Joe Alfieri Michael Barbosa
Joe Alfieri
Michael Barbosa
Tampa, FL: Former Florida Mid-Amateur Stroke Play and Public Links champion Joe Alfieri teamed with Michael Barbosa to advance to the championship via a playoff. Alfieri has had top five finishes in the New Year's Invitational and Cardinal Amateur in recent years; Barbosa has recorded top fives in the George C. Thomas Invitational and the New Year's Invitational.
Qualifiers: Tiger Godwin (Bartow, FL) & Kelly Sellers (Lakeland, FL) 65; Joe Alfieri (Lutz, FL) & Michael Barbosa (Vero Beach, FL) 67.

Johns Island, SC:
Qualifiers: Hayes Brown (Charlotte, NC) & Jack Larkin (Atlanta, GA) 67; Brent Roof (Columbia, SC) & Paul Tucker (Waxhaw, NC) 68.

Brett Hudson Scott Strickland
Brett Hudson
Scott Strickland
Bloomfield Hills, MI: Brett Hudson and Scott Strickland are no strangers to USGA championships; Strickland has qualified for the last three U.S. Mid-Amateurs (making the semifinals last year) and this year's U.S. Amateur, while Hudson played in the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Qualifiers: Stephen Brown (Canada) & Ethan O'Meara (Canada) 65; Brett Hudson (Bloomfield Hills, MI) & Scott Strickland (Birmingham, MI) 65.

August 30

Watchung, NJ: Long/Rendell (former Old Dominion University teammates) and Alonso/Wisner (Loyola University teammates) advanced to the championship by surviving a five-team playoff for the final two spots.
Qualifiers: Marc-Olivier Amnotte (Canada) & William Huang (Exeter, NH) 64; Jeffrey Long (Ashburn, VA) & Matthew Rendell (New York, NY) 65; Erick Alonso (Hayworth, NJ) & Bennett Wisner (Hampstead, MD) 65.

Dalton, MA:
Qualifiers: Alex Jeffers (Watertown, MA) & Garren Poirier (Killington, VT) 62.

September 5

Matthew Considine & Putter Johnson
Matthew Considine & Putter Johnson
Chardon, OH: Matthew Considine and Putter Johnson got hot at Sand Ridge Golf Club, shooting a bogey-free 10 under round that included two streaks of three birdies in a row and one of four birdies in a row. Andrew Bailey and Kevin Carlin fought through a five-team playoff for the final spot.
Qualifiers: Matthew Considine (Akron, OH) & Putter Johnson (Chicago, IL) 62; Andrew Bailey (Cleveland, OH) & Kevin Carlin (Denver, CO) 64.

Bolingbrook, IL: Illinois State University teammates Zach Burry and Trent Wallace medaled by two shots at Bolingbrook Golf Club.
Qualifiers: Zach Burry (Qunicy, IL) & Trent Wallace (Joliet, IL) 63; Mark Hannon (Bolingbrook, IL) & Zach Hoffman (Omaha, NE) 65.

September 6

Kyle Cornett Patrick Sato
Kyle Cornett
Patrick Sato
Dupont, WA: Two sets of college teammates successfully qualified at the Home Course: medalists Kyle Cornett / Patrick Sato of Seattle University, and Zach Anderson / Derek Bayley of Washington State University, who made it through a four-team playoff for the final spot.
Qualifiers: Kyle Cornett (Seattle, WA) & Patrick Sato (Bellevue, WA) 64; Zach Anderson (Canada) & Derek Bayley (Rathrum, ID) 66.

September 12

Kevin Silva Mike Calef
Kevin Silva
Mike Calef
Hingham, MA: Teenagers David Rogers and Dillon Brown earned co-medalist honors with the mid-amateur team of Kevin Silva and Mike Calef. Silva is a multiple Rhode Island State champion, and Calef is a multiple Massachusetts State Amateur champion.
Qualifiers: David Rogers (Halifax, MA) & Dillon Brown (Needham, MA) 62; Kevin Silva (W. Bridgewater, MA) & Mike Calef (New Bedford, MA) 62; Gregory Royston (Hunt Valley, MD) & Rij Patel (South Africa) 63.

September 13

Phoenix, AZ: Patrick Moore, who had a hole-in-one at the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Winged Foot, returns to the championship with partner Jeff Fujimoto after earning co-medalist honors at Superstition Mountain G&CC.
Qualifiers: James Donley (Phoenix, AZ) & Rob McIver (Phoenix, AZ) 62; Jeff Fujimoto (Phoenix, AZ) & Patrick Moore (Phoenix, AZ) 62.

Lincoln, RI:
Qualifiers: Drake Hull (Rutland, VT) & Chandler Morris (Hobe Sound, FL) 62; Joe Hunt (W. Barnstable, MA) & Jared Pane (Osterville, MA) 64.

Sep 18

Richmond, KY:
Qualifiers: Ryan Greer (Knoxville, TN) & Bill Roach, Jr. (Knoxville, TN) 63; Brandon Berry (La Grange, KY) & Trey Bowling (Bowling Green, KY) 64.

Marysville, CA: University of Nevada teammates Corey Eddings and Kaleb Gorbahn got off to a great start, going 7-under through 11 holes, then bogeyed two holes late to fall into a playoff, before ultimately prevailing.
Qualifiers: Corey Eddings (Knoxville, TN) & Kaleb Gorbahn (Knoxville, TN) 65.

Sep 20

Sam Tidd & Carson Barry
Sam Tidd & Carson Barry
Nampa, ID: Oregon State commit Carson Barry and Oklahoma commit Sam Tidd won by three shots at RedHawk GC with a 7-under 63, but were helped when the team of Jacob Byers and Tristan Rohrbaugh went bogey-triple after getting to 8-under with four holes to play.
Qualifiers: Carson Barry (Eagle, ID) & Sam Tidd (Meridian, ID) 63.

Sep 23

One qualifier scheduled: Kapalua, HI.

Sep 25

Four qualifiers scheduled: Williamsville, NY; Norwalk, IA; Apple Valley, CA; and Tualatin, OR.

Sep 26

One qualifier scheduled: Williamsburg, VA.

Sep 27

Two qualifiers scheduled: Sewickley, PA and Wales, WI.

Sep 28

Three qualifiers scheduled: White Plains, NY; Charles Town, WV and Laurel, MS.

Sep 29

One qualifier scheduled: New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Oct 2

Three qualifiers scheduled: Duluth, GA; Independence, MN and St. Louis, MO.

Oct 3

Two qualifiers scheduled: West Hartford, CT and Killen, AL.

Oct 5

One qualifier scheduled: Niwot, CO.

Oct 9

Three qualifiers scheduled: Port Jefferson, NY; Albuquerque, NM and Santee, CA.

Oct 10

One qualifier scheduled: Belton, MO.

Oct 12

One qualifier scheduled: Long Grove, IL.

Oct 13

One qualifier scheduled: Oxnard, CA.

Oct 16

Three qualifiers scheduled: Mitchellville, MD; Maineville, OH and Laconia, IN.

Oct 24

One qualifier scheduled: Charlotte, NC.

Oct 26

One qualifier scheduled: Jupiter, FL. (Note: This qualifier was moved to this date due to Hurricane Irma.)

Oct 30

Two qualifiers scheduled: Paoli, PA and Springfield, PA.

Nov 27

One qualifier scheduled: Sacramento, CA.

Dec 6

One qualifier scheduled: Pebble Beach, CA.

Feb 9

One qualifier scheduled: Las Vegas, NV.

Mar 19

Two qualifiers scheduled: Pearland, TX and St. George, UT.

Apr 4

One qualifier scheduled: Fayetteville, AR.

Apr 9

One qualifier scheduled: The Colony, TX.

The 4th U.S. Four-Ball Championship

Play begins at the Jupiter Hills Club on May 19. After two rounds of four-ball stroke play qualifying, the field will be cut to the low 32 for match play at the Capital City Club. The 18-hole final match will be played May 23.
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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