2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifying roundup
02 Mar 2020
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: Various sites across the United States

The 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is headed to Philadelphia. The sixth playing of this event will take place at the Philadelphia Cricket Club's Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses in late May.

Qualifying has been completed at 52 sites around the country. See who qualified below:

March 2

The final U.S. Four-Ball qualifier was held at Lantana (Texas) Golf Club, and scores were LOW. The medalists, Brett Pierce and Justin Fry, had 9 birdies and an eagle, and 10 under played off for the final two spots.

Qualifiers: Brett Pierce (Grapevine, Texas) & Justin Fry (Prosper, Texas) 61, Andrew Petruzzelli (Keller, Texas) & Kaelen Dulany (Dallas, Texas) 62, Sebastian Moss (Austin, Texas) & Zach Kingsland (Houston, Texas)

February 21

Former Tennessee Mid-Amateur champ Ryan Terry of Nashville traveled to Vegas with Blanton Farmer of Bradenton, Fla. and booked their place in the championship with a 7-under 65 at Mountain Falls Golf Club in Pahrump, Nev. Ryan Faust (Encinitas, Calif.) and Michael McLoughlin (Las Vegas, Nev.) won a playoff to take the other qualifying spot.

Qualifiers: Blanton Farmer (Bradenton, Fla.) & Ryan Terry (Nashville, Tenn.) 65, Ryan Faust (Encinitas, Calif.) & Michael McLoughlin (Las Vegas, Nev.) 66

December 4

Luke Crapo and Kurt Owen of Utah came up big when it counted. The former Weber State teammates penciled in an eagle on the 18th hole to earn medalist honors in Wednesday’s 18-hole U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifier at par-71 Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach, Calif. with a score of 8-under 63.

Qualifiers: Luke Crapo (Kaysville, Utah) & Kurt Owen (Layton, Utah) 63, Satch Herrmann (Los Angeles, Calif.) & Eric Lindquist (Toluca Lake, Calif.) 64

December 2

Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif.
Qualifiers: Jesse Galvon (Canada) & Domingo Jojola (Burlingame, Calif.) 62, Marc Engellenner (Rocklin, Calif.) & Patrick Jorgensen (Marina, Calif.) 64

November 18

The Golf Club at Terra Lago (South Course), Indio, Calif.
Qualifiers: Jonas Appel (Encinitas, Calif.) & Caden Fiorini (San Diego, Calif.) 62, Dustin Hall (Sparks, Nev.) & Jonas Mikals (Truckee, Calif.) 64

November 4

Three teams shot 65 at Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah, with a 3-for-2 playoff needed to determine the two qualifying teams.

Qualifiers: Ryan Brimley (Herriman, Utah) & David Jennings (Layton, Utah) 65, John Sajevic (Fremont, Neb.) & Andrew Sajevic (Omaha, Neb.) 65

Corby Segal
Corby Segal teamed with Ryan Dwight to shoot 63 and medal Valencia (Calif.) Country Club.

Qualifiers: Corby Segal (Santa Clarita, Calif.) & Ryan Dwight (Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif.) 63, Andy Alvarez (West Covina, Calif.) & James Bragger (Duarte, Calif.) 65

October 28

Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, Ark.
Qualifiers: Jeremy Callison (Collinsville, Okla.) & Levi Molini (Owasso, Okla.) 62, Ben Davis (Fayetteville, Ark.) & Tyler Reynolds (Rogers, Ark.) 64

October 27

Anson Arakaki, a firefighter and volunteer assistant coach for Hawaii-Hilo, teamed up with Shaun Downie to take the lone qualifying spot at Waikele Country Club in Hawaii with a 9-under 63.

Qualifiers: Anson Arakaki (Hilo, Haw.) & Shaun Downie (Hilo, Haw.) 63

October 21

Former Vanderbilt player Ben Klaus was among the qualifiers at St. Joseph (Mo.) Country Club. The 2019 Oklahoma Amateur semifinalist joined forces with Sam Braver, who formerly played college golf for South Carolina, to post a 66 that was good for co-medalist honors.

Qualifiers: Doug Albers (Leawood, Kan.) & Ryne Fisher (Overland Park, Kan.) 66; Sam Braver (Dallas) & Ben Klaus (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 66

The Canyon Club in Albuquerque, N.M.
Qualifiers: Tristin Goodwin (Farmington, N.M.) & Richard Yai (El Paso, Texas) 64; Tate Allred (Perryton, Texas) & Luke Kane (Amarillo, Texas) 65

October 17

Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Qualifiers: George Boudria (Greenwich, Conn.) & Nicolas Donaldson (New York, N.Y.) 65; Brendan Borst (Philadelphia, Pa.) & Thomas McDonagh (New York, N.Y.) 66

October 15

Engineers Country Club in Roslyn, N.Y.
Qualifiers: Devin Drobbin (New York, N.Y.) & Daniel Macdonald (Ridgewood, N.J.) 66; Peter Jaeckle (Far Hills, N.J.) & Chester Patterson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) 66

October 14

Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Ore.
Qualifiers: Joshua Chen (Portland, Ore.) & Trey Pflug (Portland, Ore.) 63; Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore.) & Matteo Polla (Portland, Ore.) 64

Vista Valley (Calif.) Country Club
Qualifiers: Jeff Koprivetz (San Diego) & Pete Williams (San Diego) 65; Christian Guynn (Oceanside, Calif.) & Jake Tilley (Oceanside, Calif.) 65

Creighton Honeck, a Bee Cave, Texas native who was one half of the winning Trans-Miss Four-Ball team last month, punched his ticket to the ultimate four-ball event with a different partner. Honeck and fellow Bee Cave resident Joe Sanders used a 61 to secure the first of three spots out of Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.

Qualifiers: Creighton Honeck (Bee Cave, Texas) & Joe Sanders (Bee Cave, Texas) 61; Matthew Griggs (Carrollton, Texas) & Damin Styrdom (Kingwood, Texas) 63; Dalton Hankamer (Temple, Texas) & Logan Lockwood (Van, Texas)

Former Davidson teammates Sam Echikson and Todd Eckstein reunited to qualify for the U.S. Four-Ball at the Country Club of Petersburg (Va.), near Virginia Tech where Eckstein recently began his first season as the assistant men’s golf coach. Echikson remains on the competitive amateur circuit, having made match play at the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur and most recently won the North Carolina Mid-Amateur.

Qualifiers: Sam Echikson (Charlotte, N.C.) & Todd Eckstein (Blacksburg, Va.) 63; Jimmy Delp (Alexandria, Va.) & Benjamin Keefer (Richmond, Va.) 64

October 11

Lexington (Ky.) Country Club
Qualifiers: Joshua Rhodes (Paducah, Ky.) & Shane Taylor (Vienna, Ill.) 64; Eric King (Lexington, Ky.) & David Snyder (Lexington, Ky.) 66

October 10

Among the two teams to advance out of the Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro, N.C., was one made up of South Carolinians Kyle Bearden and Jordan Sease, winners of the Devlin over the summer. Sease is also the reigning South Carolina Mid-Amateur champion while set a tournament scoring record (15-under 198) in winning the 2018 event.

Qualifiers: Thomas Todd III (Laurens, S.C.) & Frank Wrenn IV (Greenville, S.C.) 62; Kyle Bearden (Barnwell, S.C.) & Jordan Sease (Lexington, S.C.) 62

October 9

Two of the top players in St. Louis, Sam Migdal and Chad Niezing, teamed up for a 64 at Old Hickory Golf club in St. Louis that sends them on to the Cricket Club. Migdal is a past Missouri Amateur and Missouri Stroke Play champion and Niezing’s career highlights include the 2016 Missouri Mid-Am trophy.

Qualifiers: Sam Migdal (St. Louis) & Chad Niezing (Manchester, Mo.) 64; Tanner Owens (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) & Palmer Sadlowski (Nashville) 65

October 8

Ty Gingerich, the Cincinnati freshman who earlier this month won the St. Augustine Amateur, combined with Fellow Cincy freshman Cole Harris for a 64 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., that earned them the first of two U.S. Four-Ball qualifying spots.

Qualifiers: Ty Gingerich (Kokomo, Ind.) & Cole Harris (Carmel, Ind.) 64; Greg Chalas (Carmel, Ind.) & Drew Schafer (Carmel, Ind.) 66

October 7

Chambersburg (Pa.) Country Club
Qualifiers: Adam Hofmann (Jacksonville, Fla.) & Malcolm Spatz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 65; Grayson Wotnosky (Wake Forest, N.C.) & Christopher Zhang (Blacksburg, Va.) 65

Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio
Qualifiers: Kevin Koerbel (Pittsburgh) & Matt Vogt (Indianapolis) 65; Chris Okeson (Cleveland) & Stephen Putinski (Chesterland, Ohio) 65

Nick Cassini’s golf career has been start and stop. Cassini played on the University of Georgia NCAA Championship team in 1999 and is a former U.S. Walker Cupper. He did a short stint as a professional but has only recently begun getting back into the mid-amateur (and amateur) circuit. Cassini and partner West Streib have one more event guaranteed for their 2020 schedule after qualifying for the U.S. Four-Ball out of Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Ga.

Qualifiers: Nick Cassini (Roswell, Ga.) & West Streib (Atlanta) 63; Dalton Humphrey (Cumming, Ga.) & Dillon Humphrey (Cumming, Ga.) 64

Former University of North Florida men’s golfers Chase Baldwin and Michael O’Neal, who both remain in Jacksonville, Fla., teamed up once again and took the top qualifying spot out of the Country Club of Orlando with a 62.

Qualifiers: Chase Baldwin (Jacksonville, Fla.) & Michael O’Neal (Jacksonville, Fla.) 62; Joe Hymel (Orlando, Fla.) & Donnie Troy (Orlando, Fla.) 63

October 3

Kevin Vandenberg
Kevin Vandenberg, a U.S. Senior Open competitor this summer as an amateur, and Brad Monroe, another top amateur in New York, tied for medalist honors with fresh Roberts Wesleyan men’s golf graduates Brandon Grzywacz and Alec Kunzwiler at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg, N.Y.

Qualifiers: Brad Monroe (Syracuse, N.Y.) & Kevin Vandenberg (Pulaski, N.Y.) 67; Brandon Grzywacz (Holley, N.Y.) & Alec Kunzwiler (Oswego, N.Y.) 67

October 2

Boston College senior Christian Cavaliere, winner of the Westchester Amateur over the summer, combined with sophomore teammate Mac Webster to qualify for the U.S. Four-Ball. The two men had a 67 at Foxborough (Mass.) Country Club to take the second of two spots.

Qualifiers: Brian Isztwan (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) & Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, Md.) 66; Christian Cavaliere (Katonah, N.Y.) & Mac Webster (Baltimore) 67

October 1

The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Conn.
Qualifiers: Christopher Binder (Collingswood, N.J.) & Sean McMonagle (Merchantville, N.J.) 65; Sam Lerner (New York, N.Y.) & Jeffrey Pike (Rye, N.Y.) 66

Matt Gourgeot
Matt Gourgeot of Decatur, Ala., is a perennial contender in the Spirit of America tournament played annually in his hometown at Burningtree Country Club. He won the event in 2016. Gourgeot, who also played the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur paired with Fellow Alabama player Brinson Holder to co-medal at the U.S. Four-Ball qualifier at Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club in Killen, Ala.

Qualifiers: Matt Gourgeot (Decatur, Ala.) & Brinson Holder (Point Clear, Ala.) 62; Alec Stopperich (Pittsburgh, Pa.) & Harlan Winn (Birmingham, Ala.) 62

Saddle Rock Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
Qualifiers: Jason Browder (Gunnison, Colo.) & Sean Thomas (Castle Rock, Colo.) 63; Jimmy Dales (Northville, Mich.) & Daniel Starzinski (Phoenix) 64

September 30

Former Vanderbilt player Will Snipes, who now resides in Athens, Ga., teamed up with Englishman Daniel Keddie, who played collegiately for the University of Tennessee, for a 64 at the Ritz Carlton Members Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., to take one of two available spots.

Qualifiers: Daniel Keddie (England) & Will Snipes (Athens, Ga.) 64; DJ Guggi (Palm Harbor, Fla.) & PJ Kolosvary (St. Petersburg, Fla.) 65

At Stoneridge Golf Club in Stillwater, Minn., 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Sammy Schmitz joined forces with Jesse Polk, former college golfer at St. Mary’s University-Minnesota, to take medalist honors with a round of 63.

Qualifiers: Jesse Polk (Prior Lake, Minn.) & Sammy Schmitz (Farmington, Minn.) 63; Angus Flanagan (England) & Thomas Longbella (Chippewa Falls, Wis.) 64

Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock, Ill.

Qualifiers: Ryan Anetsberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) & Andy Mack (Rosell, Ill.) 68; Michael Natale (Burr Ridge, Ill.) & Rick Stewart (Park Ridge, Ill.) 68

September 26

River Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Qualifiers: Chris Eassy (Greenville, S.C.) & Jeremy Revis (Greenville, S.C.) 63; Bubba Aughtry (Concord, N.C.) & Joe Jaspers (Huntersville, N.C.) 65

September 25

Brian Hickey, a standout mid-amateur who plays in the Chicago District Golf Association, paired with his older brother William Hickey for a 69 at the Legend at Merrill Hills in Waukesha, Wis., to earn one of two available qualifying spots. Fun (and very random) fact about the younger Hickey? He was once a body double for Phil Mickelson in a series of Ford commercials/advertisements.

Qualifiers: Brian Hickey (Burr Ridge, Ill.) & William Hickey (Woodbury, Minn.) 69; Griffin Barela (Lakewood, Colo.) & Nickolas Robinson (Madison, Wis.) 69

September 24

Reigning Maryland Amateur champion William Peel IV combined with fellow Washington D.C. resident Colin St. Maxens to take co-medalist honors at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring, Md. The pair posted 63 to tie Brent Davis and Brian Simpson.

Qualifiers: Brent Davis (Silver Spring, Md.) & Brian Simpson (Rockville, Md.) 63; William Peel IV (Washington D.C.) & Colin St. Maxens (Washington D.C.) 63

September 23

Timberstone Golf Course in Boise, Idaho
Qualifiers: Brett Reid (Spicer, Minn.) & Gregory Solhaug (Norway) 63

Sean Knapp
Sean Knapp, the defending Western Pennsylvania Senior Amateur champion, combined with Pittsburgh resident Rick Stimmel to co-medal with 64 at New Castle (Pa.) Country Club. The two will be close to home next spring when the tournament proper is played at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Qualifiers: Sean Knapp (Oakmont, Pa.) & Rick Stimmel (Pittsburg, Pa.) 64; Ty Celone (Canada) & Cougar Collins (Canada) 64

September 18

Springfield CC in West Springfield, Mass.
Qualifiers: Billy Forcier (Rumford, R.I.) & Patrick Rahn (Stratham, N.H.) 64; Jordan Weitz (Rockville, Md.) & Teddy Zinsner (Alexandria, Va.) 65

September 16

Brothers Jason Higton and Ryan Higton of Fresno, Calif., are a familiar team at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. The two competed in the inaugural event at the Olympic Club in 2015 and various times since. They have qualified again, after earning medalist honors at Turlock (Calif.) G&CC.

Qualifiers: Jason Higton (Fresno, Calif.) & Ryan Higton (Fresno, Calif.) 63

September 12

Jess Ferrell, a former Fairmont State golfer and Mountain East Conference Player of the Year, combined with Philip Reale for a 62 at the Pines Country Club in Morgantown, W.Va., that earned them medalist honors at the site. Ferrell is a frequent competitor on the West Virginia amateur circuit, and finished 10th in the 2018 state amateur. Reale, meanwhile, played collegiately for East Carolina. Qualifiers: Jess Ferrell (Fairmont, W.Va.) & Philip Reale (Hurricane, W.Va.) 62

September 11

Tonto Verde GC in Phoenix, Ariz.
Qualifiers: Sean O’Donnell (Glendale, Ariz.) & Chris Thomas (Peoria, Ariz.) 64; Nathan Grintjes (Phoenix) & Kurt Watkins (Phoenix) 64

September 10

A pair of formidable mid-amateurs teamed up to take the top qualifying spot at Newport National Golf Club in Middletown, R.I. Bobby Leopold, recent winner of the Rhode Island Mid-Amateur, and Tyler Cooke, a U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier, combined for a 64 that left them as medalists.

Qualifiers: Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) & Bobby Leopold (Coventry, R.I.) 64; Michael Abrams (Northport, N.Y.) & Kyle McCarthy (Gulfport, Colo.) 66; Andrew DiRamio (Boston) & Ryan Whitney (Milton, Mass.) 66

Old York Road Country Club in Spring House, Pa.
Qualifiers: Matthew Kocent (Philadelphia) & Robby Walizer (Philadelphia) 62; Jon Rusk (Yardley, Pa.) & James Sullivan (Glenside, Pa.) 63; Brett Brenner (Villanova, Pa.) & Andrew Wallace (Narberth, Pa.) 65

September 9

Nathaniel McCoy
Nathaniel McCoy partnered with Ben Herrera to qualify out of Des Moines (Iowa) Golf and Country Club. McCoy, son of Iowa Golf Hall of Famer Mike McCoy, also qualified for the U.S. Amateur earlier this year. He works for the Iowa Golf Association as the manager of championships and course rating.

Qualifiers: Michael Christensen (Minneapolis, Minn.) & Brad Clark (Durham, N.C.) 65; Ben Herrera (Adel, Iowa) & Nathaniel McCoy (Ankeny, Iowa) 66

Jerry Slagle
Billy Joe Tolliver
Seniors Jerry Slagle and Billy Joe Tolliver medaled at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss., with a round of 64. Slagle, who plays out of Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, qualified for the 2018 U.S. Senior Open and finished third. He was also third in the 2019 British Senior Amateur. Tolliver is a former NFL football player who also has appeared in several celebrity golf tournaments. He is a four-time winner of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe.

Qualifiers: Jerry Slagle (Southlake, Texas) & Billy Joe Tolliver (Shreveport, La.) 64; Austin Fulton (Villa Rica, Ga.) & Benjamin Nelson (Madison, Miss.) 65

Luke Clanton, the 15-year-old who qualified for the U.S. Amateur earlier this summer, combined with fellow junior golfer Jonah Leach, a Florida commit, to fire a 62 at Lago Mar Country Club in Plantation, Fla. That score was good for medalist honors over Gray Albright and Brett Roberts, who had 63.

Qualifiers: Luke Clanton (Miami Lakes, Fla.) & Jonah Leach (Windermere, Fla.) 62; Gray Albright (Ocala, Fla.) & Brett Roberts (Coral Springs, Fla.) 63

September 4

Galloway (N.J.) National Golf Club
Qualifiers: Kevin Grady (Ellicott City, Md.) & Andrew Sovero (Catonsville, Md.) 63; Peter Barron III (Mays Landing, N.J.) & Michael Brown (Maple Shade Township, N.J.) 64

It’s a nice bit of symmetry to qualify for a USGA championship at a former U.S. Open venue. That was the case for a pair of teams who advanced from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. The top three teams posted rounds of 64, but mid-amateurs Reid Hatley and Jacob Koppenberg were the odd men out after losing a playoff.

Qualifiers: John D’Amelio (Bothell, Wash.) & Tyler Matthews (Bellevue, Wash.) 64; Britten Barker (Gig Harbor, Wash.) & Luke Easterly (Sammamish, Wash.) 64

September 3

Cascade Hills Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Qualifiers: Bradley Bastion (Shelby Township, Mich.) & Anthony Sorentino (Rochester Hills, Mich.) 62; Michael Coriasso (White Lake, Mich.) & Jason Kalo (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 62

August 29

Odyssey Golf Foundation Golf Course in Tinley Park, Ill.
Qualifiers: Daniel Anfield (Channahon, Ill.) & David Perkinds (East Peoria, Ill.) 64; Jason Buffone (New Lenox, Ill.) & Andy Roderique (Frankfort, Ill.) 65

August 26

Mitchell Davis
Ethan Shepherd
A pair of players on the University of Indiana roster combined to take one of the first available spots in next spring’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Teammates Mitchell Davis, winner of the Northern Amateur, and Ethan Shepherd combined for a 65 at Four Bridges Country Club in Liberty Township, Ohio to tie for medalist honors. Shepherd is the older brother of Erica Shepherd, the Duke freshman who made up one half of the winning U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball team last May.

Qualifiers: Ethan Shepherd (Greenwood, Ind.) & Mitchell Davis (Valparaiso, Ind.) 65; Matthew Milholland (Marysville, Ohio) & Nick Schad (Hilliard, Ohio) 65,br>

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