Qualifying is underway for the 8th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, to be played May 20-24, 2023 at the Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, S.C. A total of 52 sites across the country are hosting local qualifiers, which run from August 25 through December 12.
The Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique Course will host both stroke play and match play, while the club’s River Course will serve as the stroke-play co-host course. The courses hosted the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 2009.
Highlights from qualifying include:
56-year-old Kevin VandenBerg teamed up with Brad Monroe to medal at Brookville Country Club at Clarence, N.Y., shooting an 8-under 64 to beat the field by one shot.
Qualifiers: Kevin VandenBerg (Pulaski, N.Y.) & Brad Monroe (Syracuse, N.Y.) 64, Tony Hejna (Cleveland, Ohio) & Jamie Miller (Silver Creek, N.Y.) 65 >> Results
Dylan Wonnacott birdied the final hole to avoid what would have been a three-way playoff at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado. Wonnacott and partner Michael Harrington shot a 10-under 60 to share medalist honors with Benjamin Dubois and Brendan Connolly.
Qualifiers: Michael Harrington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) & Dylan Wonnacott (Longmont, Colo.) 60, Brandan Connolly (Lonetree, Colo.) & Benjamin Dubois (Denver, Colo.) 60 >> Results
Last month, John Ramsey
and Chadd Slutzky
teamed up to win their third Chicago District Four-Ball title. Then, the pair played in the U.S. Mid-Amateur after tying for medalist honors in qualifying. Now, they've punched their ticket to the U.S. Four-Ball after advancing though qualifying at Mistwood GC in Romeoville, Illinois. Charles Waddell, who celebrated making a hole-in-one on the 5th hole at Pine Valley during last week's Crump Cup, also advanced with partner Maxwell Scodro.
Qualifiers: Maxwell Scodro (Lake Forest, Ill.) & Charles Waddell (Kenilworth, Ill.) 60, John Ramsey (Glenview, Ill.) & Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park, Ill.) 63 >> Results
Hartford, Wisc. - Washington County Golf Course
Qualifiers: Cory Aune (Lake Geneva, Wisc.) & Nathan Boltz (Elkhorn, Wisc.) 66, Jonathan Nocek (Bartlett, Ill.) & Conner O'Neil (Green Bay, Wisc.) 66 >> Results
Brothers Chris Dukeminier (Portland, Ore.) & Jack Dukeminier (Beaverton, Ore.) and Brock Maulding (Lake Tapps) & Zachary Miller (Buckley) earned co-medalist honors in U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying, held at McCormick Woods Golf Club in Port Orchard, Wash.
This is the second time that the Dukeminier brothers have qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship (2018). And, both Chris and Jack qualified for and participated in the 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Qualifiers: Jack Dukeminier (Beaverton, Ore.) & Chris Dukeminier (Portland, Ore.) 61, Brock Maulding (Lake Tapps, Wash.) & Zachary Miller (Buckley, Wash.) 61 >> Results
Albuquerque, N.M. - The Canyon Club
Qualifiers: Adam Miller (Phoenix, Ariz.) & Mason Snyder (Las Vegas, Nev.) 62, Jeff Koch (Albuquerque, N.M.) & Simon Miller (Albuquerque, N.M.) 63 >> Results
Kensington, Conn. - Shuttle Meadow Country Club
Qualifiers: Bobby Leopold (Coventry, R.I.) & Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) 61, Tim Bickford (Meriden, Conn.) & Christopher Sica (Cheshire, Conn.) 62 >> Results
Qualifiers: Brad Mason (Dallas, Texas) & Drew Evans (Dallas, Texas) 61, Matt McKee (Dallas, Texas) & Michael Crites (Dallas, Texas) 62, Colby Harwell (San Antonio, Texas) & Christopher Wheeler (Carrollton, Texas) 63 >> Results
Laurel, N.Y. -- Laurel Links Country Club
Qualifiers: Thomas Finn (Locust Valley, N.Y.) & Adam Pecora (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) 62, Darin Goldstein (New York, N.Y.) & Trevor Randolph (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) 63 >> Results
Phoenix, Ariz. -- Arizona Country Club
Qualifiers: Joshua Goldstein (Las Vegas, N.V.) & Sean O'Donnell (Glendale, Ariz.) 64, Tucker Jenkins (Nashville, Tenn.) & William Wellons (Franklin, Tenn.) 65 >> Results
Mike Pyne and Ben Grant started 2 under through four and were red-hot. And then Mother Nature cooled them down for a day. But that didn’t bother them.
Torrential caused U.S. Four-Ball Qualifying at Point Judith Country Club in Rhode Island to be postponed by a day. But Pyne and Grant, aided by steadfast consistency and a friendship of more than 20 years, claimed medalist honors with a score of 4-under 67 despite not thinking that their score would be good enough.
“I drove home,” said Grant. “I didn’t think we had a chance. We have shot 5 under in these before and got lapped. I was happy to drive back here.”
“Playing in the U.S. Four-Ball for the first time is a big deal,” said Pyne. “There are so many good players so making match play would be a dream. We are going to enjoy it.”
Qualifiers: Ben Grant (Norton, Mass.) & Michael Pyne (Walpole, Mass.) 67, Michael Phillipp (Mansfield, Mass.) & Kevin Silva (Fall River, Mass.) 68 >> Results
At North Jersey CC in Wayne, N.J., the teams of Eric LeFante and Tyler Brewington and brothers Travis Russell and Evan Russell both finished at 8-under par 63, sharing medalist honors on the 6,738-yard par 71.
“We've seen each other hit awesome shots and terrible shots, so we've seen it all,” explained LeFante, Brewington's former teammate at Rider University. “We're not going to get mad at each other and we're going to be partners for a long time.”
The 2022 New Jersey Four-Ball Champions Michael Brown and Peter Barron III took the final spot with a bogey-free 64.
Qualifiers: Tyler Brewington (Oceanport, N.J.) & Eric LeFante (Mendham, N.J.) 63, Evan Russell (St. Albans, Vt.) & Travis Russell (Washington, D.C.) 63, Peter Barron III (Mays Landing, N.J.) & Michael Brown (Maple Shade, N.J.) 64 >> Results
Qualifiers: Christopher DeForest (Kingston, N.Y.) & Jon Krick (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 59, Daniel Cappucci (Boston, Mass.) & Jeremy Meade (Wayland, Mass.) 62 >> Results
Calum Hill and Conner Kumpula shot 10-under 62 at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore. to earn medalist honors and avoid a huge playoff. Six teams played off after rounds of 63, with Taylor Klopp and Taylor Levin winning out.
Qualifiers: Calum Hill (Scotland) & Conner Kumpula (Albany, Ore.) 62, Taylor Klopp & Taylor Levin (Camas, Wash.) 63 >> Results
Plantation, Fla. -- Lago Mar CC
Qualifiers: Andres Atrio (Miami, Fla.) & Nicholas Prieto (Miami, Fla.) 63, Marc France (Plantation, Fla.) & Carl Santos-Ocampo (Naples, Fla.) 63 >> Results
Rockford, Ill. -- The Mauh Nah Tee See Club
Qualifiers: David Beto (Rockford, Ill.) & Jason Wombacher (Byron, Ill.) 63, T.J. Baker (Rockford, Ill.) & Danny Gorman (Rockford, Ill.) 65 >> Results
Snowshoe, W.V. -- The Raven at Snowshoe Mountain
Qualifiers: Jackson Bruns (Charlottesville, Va.) & Rui Chang (China) 66, Nick Budd (Woodstock, Ga.) & Matt Hines (Atlanta, Ga.) 66 >> Results
Two teams shared medalist honors after rounds of 8-under 64 at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana, Maryland. Due to darkness, a four-team playoff for the last spot was played the following morning. After three holes, the team of Christopher Baloga and Will Wears advanced, with birdies on all three playoff holes.
Qualifiers: Scott Shingler (Haymarket, Va.) & Justin Young (Salem, Va.) 64, Keegan Boone (Bethesda, Md.) & Kevin Johnson (Bethesda, Md.) 64, Christopher Baloga (Baltimore, Md.) & Will Wears (Baltimore, Md.) 65 >> Results
At WingHaven Country Club in O’Fallon, Mo., Steven Hyten and Matthew Lewis shot a 9-under 63 to edge three teams by a single shot for medalist honors. The three teams went to a playoff for the final qualifying spot. On the third playoff hole, Tony Gumper hit his approach within inches of the hole to clinch the spot for himself and teammate Ryan Eckelkamp.
Qualifiers: Steven Hyten (Edwardsville, Ill.) and Matthew Lewis (Edwardsville, Ill.) 63, Ryan Eckelkamp (Washington, Mo.) and Tony Gumper (St. Charles, Mo.) 64 >> Results
If you didn't shoot in the 50s, you didn't advance from the Fredericksburg, Texas qualifier. Two teams shot 12-under 59s at the Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course to clear the rest of the field by three shots.
Qualifiers: Sterling Hurd (Austin, Texas) & Nicholas Logis (Austin, Texas) 59, Will Griffin (San Antonio, Texas) & Matthew Henson (Austin, Texas) 59 >> Results
At North Ridge CC in Fair Oaks, Calif., Michael Carrillo and A.J. Fitzgerald showed how to ham-and-egg your way to a U.S. Four-Ball berth. Their individual scores were 70 and 71, but they only birdied the same hole one time en route to a 10-under 62.
Qualifiers: Michael Carrillo (Chualar, Calif.) & A.J. Fitzgerald (Salinas, Calif.) 62, Elliot Bunyaviroch (San Francisco, Calif.) & Davis McDowell (San Rafael, Calif.) 63 >> Results
Loveland, Ohio -- Oasis Golf Club
Qualifiers: Luke Coyle (Campbellsville, Ky.) & Clay Pendergrass (Richmond, Ky.) 62, Scott Anderson (Columbus, Ohio) & Hoyt McGarity (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 63, Tyler Goecke (Xenia, Ohio) & Bryce Haney (Huber Heights, Ohio) 64 >> Results
The folks at the USGA won’t need name tags when former U.S. Mid-Amateur champ Matt Parziale
and Herbie Aikens
roll into town in 2023. Thursday marked the 5th time in the event’s 8-year history that the Massachusetts tandem has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
“The excitement level is as high as it gets.” said Matt Parziale, who made six of the team’s birdies. “These are long, hard days, so advancing makes it feel that much better.”
‘Long day’ doesn’t begin to do it justice for Parziale and Aikens. They hit their opening tee shots at 8:18 a.m. and sank their final putt, in a playoff at 7:38 p.m.
Waiting out the entirety of the afternoon wave is a difficult task, especially when it comes on the heels of a missed putt.
Talking about the final hole of regulation, Aikens said “I missed a pretty short putt on 18 that I should have made. It would have made the waiting process a lot easier. So I had to sit there, think about it, and dwell on it for six hours.”
After that six hour wait, the two found themselves in a four-team playoff for three spots. And they were quickly greeted with another bit of misfortune. Parziale’s tee shot on the first playoff hole came to rest in a divot, and forced him to play conservatively to the middle of the green, eliminating the thought of birdie.
That put the pressure directly on the shoulders of Aikens. And he was ready for the challenge. Aikens’ approach shot came to rest 20-feet away from the hole. And after Parziale secured a par, it set the stage for the biggest putt of the day. Aikens redeemed himself with the clinching putt, and another coveted trip to a USGA Championship.
“It was great.” said Aikens. “After dwelling on it (the missed putt) for six hours, it felt really good.”
Two other teams advanced out of the same 4-for-3 playoff. With darkness setting, and headlights from golf carts lighting the green, the day finally ended as Mike Dunham and Jackson Kingman parred a 97-yard hole to take the last spot and earn their first trip to the championship.
Qualifiers: Herbie Aikens (Kingston, Mass.) & Matt Parziale (Brockton, Mass.) 66, John Hayes (Portland, Maine) & Reese McFarlane (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) 66, Michael Dunham (Concord, Mass.) & Jackson Kingman (Concord, Mass.) 66 >> Results