Qualifying is complete 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 hosted local qualifiers, which ran 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:
61-year-old Jack Larkin, Sr.
, who won the U.S. Junior 43 years ago, is heading to another USGA championship after qualifying with 33-year-old Hayes Brown
at the Oldfield Club in Bluffton, S.C. The pair needed a fast finish to take the final spot and the got it, going 6 under over the last seven holes, including an eagle by Brown at the final hole.
Qualifiers: Stephen Seiden (Newtown Square, Pa.) & Ryan Clancy (Bluffton, S.C.) 64, Jack Larkin, Sr. (Atlanta, Ga.) & Hayes Brown (Charlotte, N.C.) 65 >> Results
Bradenton, Fla. - Bradenton Country Club
Qualifiers: Joseph Latowski (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) & Richard Donegan (Okeechobee, Fla.) 63, Bobby Frazzini (Bonita Springs, Fla.) & Will Holmgren (Plymouth, Minn.) 63 >> Results
At Rams Hill Golf Club in Borrego Springs, Calif., a pair of Arizona teams took the two qualifying spots, one via a playoff.
Qualifiers: Tyler Apps (Chandler, Ariz.) & Marc Apps (Chandler, Ariz.) 64, Josh Fickes (Mesa, Ariz.) & Chris Meyers (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 67 >> Results
St. George, Utah - SunRiver Golf Club
Qualifiers: Kihei Akina (Kahuku, Hawaii) & Boston Bracken (St. George, Utah) 58, Ryan Brimley (Murray, Utah) & David Jennings (Layton, Utah) 61 >> Results
Spring, Texas - The Woodlands Country Club (Player Course)
Qualifiers: Scott Loving (Conroe, Texas) & Jordan Russell (San Antonio, Texas) 64, Aaron Pounds (The Woodlands, Texas) & Jack Usner (The Woodlands, Texas) 65 >> Results
Ocala, Fla. - Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
Qualifiers: Brendon Ehlers (Ocala, Fla.) & Matt Giovannelli (Ocala, Fla.) 63, Lucas Carpenter (Dade City, Fla.) & Paul SImpkins (Oviedo, Fla.) 66 >> Results
Casey Watabu and Matthew Ma will be making the 4800+ mile trip from Hawaii to South Carolina next May, after shooting 3-under 69 to take the only qualifying spot at Puakea Golf Club in Lihue. Watabu and Ma were cruising along until taking a best-ball double at the 17th, forcing them to make birdie on the last hole for the win.
Qualifiers: Casey Watabu (Lihue, Hawaii) & Matthew Ma (Pearl City, Hawaii) 69 >> Results
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a qualifier? The Northern California Golf Association gives you an idea in Inside an NCGA Qualfiier
. The NCGA conducted its latest qualifier at Butte Creek in Chico, Calif., with two teams shooting 8-under 64 to share medalist honors.
Qualifiers: Jeff Rangel (Martinez, Calif.) & Bryan Waters (San Francisco, Calif.) 64, Blades Brown (Nashville, Tenn.) & Jackson Herrington (Dickson, Tenn.) 64 >> Results
Overland Park, Kan. - Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate
Qualifiers: Chris Noel (Tulsa, Okla.) & Tyler Hunt (Tulsa, Okla.) 63, Ryan Nietfeldt (Elkhorn, Neb.) & Travis Minzel (Lincoln, Neb.) 66 >> Results
West Lafayette, Ind. - Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex
Qualifiers: Kenny Cook (Noblesville, Ind.) & Sean Rowen (Greenwood, Ind.) 64, Brayden Miller (Leesburg, Ind.) & Peyton Blackard (Fort Branch, Ind.) 65 >> Results
Alexander City, Ala. - Willow Point Golf & Country Club
Qualifiers: Brinson Holder (Point Clear, Ala.) & Matthew Gourgeot (Decatur, Ala.) 62, Matt Johnson (Rehobeth, Ala.) & Heath West (Dothan, Ala.) 65 >> Results
On a day that was better suited for drinking hot cocoa by a fire, 36 teams competed for two spots at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The temperature barely cracked 50 degrees and the wind occasionally gusted to 20 miles per hour, but two teams managed to shoot 8-under 64 to share medalist honors and advance to the championship.
Qualifiers: Zach Lemons (Wilmore, Ky.) & Steven Brooks (Wilmore, Ky.) 64, Trey Bowling (Manchester, Ky.) & Brandon Berry (Lagrange, Ky.) 64 >> Results
Nipomo, Calif. - Monarch Dunes Golf Club
Qualifiers: Bryan Hernandez (Seal Beach, Calif.) & Connor Campbell (Orange, Calif.) 63, Teddy Vigna (Santa Barbara, Calif.) & Jeffrey Foster (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 64 >> Results
, who reached the semifinals of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, teamed with Jack Irons
for the first time and earned medalist honors at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa. with an 8-under 63.
“I knew Troy didn’t have a partner, so I hit him up”, said Irons. “This is the first time we’ve played together in this. I told him, ‘Yo, let’s go. We’re the two best players at the club. Let’s go represent’.”
Qualifiers: Jack Irons (Naples, Fla.) & Troy Vannucci (Marlton, N.J.) 63, Michael Johnson (Dublin, Pa.) & Kevin Davis (Lansdale, Pa.) 65 >> Results
At Winter Creek Golf Club in Blanchard, Okla., former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo teamed with Tommy Morrison
, a 17-year-old University of Texas commit, to qualify for the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.
The unlikely duo tied for medalist honors with Jack Gilbert & Rex Hargrove at 9-under 63.
Qualifiers: Tommy Morrison (Dallas, Texas) & Tony Romo (Dallas, Texas) 63, Jack Gilbert (Houston, Texas) & Rex Hargrove (Houston, Texas) 63 >> Results
At Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Ga., recent Crump Cup winner
and 2020 AmateurGolf.com Mid-Amateur-Player-of-the-Year Stephen Behr, Jr.
teamed with John Engler to share medalist honors with a round of 7-under 65. The pair advanced in a 4-for-2 playoff along with Hunter Hawkins & Scott Weatherly.
Qualifiers: Hunter Hawkins (Fort Payne, Ala.) & Scott Weatherly (Fort Payne, Ala.) 65, Stephen Behr, Jr. (Atlanta, Ga.) & John Engler (Augusta, Ga.) 65 >> Results
Christopher Newport senior teammates Robb Kinder
and Alex Price
are looking to have a busy month of May after qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at the Country Club of Petersburg (Va.). The two hope to be at the NCAA Division III Championships, to be held in Kentucky from May 16-19, and then race to South Carolina the next day when the U.S. Four-Ball begins.
Qualifiers: Robb Kinder (New Kent, Va.) & Alex Price (Hillsboro, Va.) 62, Kevin Grady (Catonsville, Md.) & Andrew Sovero (Catonsville, Md.) 64 >> Results
Greensboro, N.C. - The Cardinal
Qualifiers: Jeremy Ray (Pfafftown, N.C.) & Joseph Cansler (Clemmons, N.C.) 65, Brett Boner (Charlotte, N.C.) & Stephen Woodard (Charlotte, N.C.) 67 >> Results
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - San Luis Obispo Country Club
Qualifiers: Ryan Gay (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Caleb Rodriguez (Santa Maria, Calif.) 66, Ryan Perkins (Fresno, Calif.) & Keith Rodriguez (Fresno, Calif.) 67 >> Results
Homer, Neb. - Landmand Golf Club
Qualifiers: Corey Matthey (Scottsdale, Ariz.) & Samuel Storey (England) 65, Zac Jenkins (England) & Lucas Scherf (PLeasant Hill, Iowa) 66 >> Results
It took 25 holes to decide qualifying at Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio. John Angelo and Marcus Carano finally advanced after Carona drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the 7th playoff hole. Drew Miller and Lorenzo Pinili had a shorter day, shooting 64 to earn medalist honors.
“Out the gate we started with an eagle,” Pinili said. “So that got us off to a good start. We had a good start. We were 4 under through five (holes).”
Miller added “we really played good when the other was playing bad. We were up and down good together and good as a team.”
Qualifiers: Drew Miller (East Lansing, Mich.) & Lorenzo Pinili (Rochester Hills, Mich.) 64, John Angelo (Mayfield Heights, Ohio) & Marcus Carano (Columbus, Ohio) 65 >> Results
Grand Blanc, Mich. - Warwick Hills G&CC
Qualifiers: Paul Ostby (Ann Arbor, Mich.) & Matt Ostby (Kingsley, Mich.) 65, Kevin Dore (Canada) & Nathan Hendricks (Canada) 65 >> Results
Mission Viejo, Calif. - Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
Qualifiers: Trevor McNary (Whittier, Calif.) & Troy McNary (Whittier, Calif.) 63, Tyler Lee (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) & Eric Lee (Fullerton, Calif.) 63 >> Results
Caldwell, Idaho - TimberStone Golf Club
Qualifiers: Colt Sherrell (Maple Valley, Wash.) & Nathan Cogswell (Kent, Wash.) 62 >> Results
It took 58 shots to advance through qualifying at LakeRidge Golf Course in Reno, Nevada. The teams of Davey Jude/Cam Roam and Cullen Brasfield/Ryan Wilkins beat the rest of the field by five shots, each making 10 birdies and an eagle in their 12-under rounds on the par-70 course.
Qualifiers: Davey Jude (Kermit, W.Va.) & Cam Roam (Huntington, W.Va.) 58, Cullen Brasfield (La Quinta, Calif.) & Ryan Wilkins (San Diego, Calif.) 58 >> Results
Carding an eagle and five birdies during their back nine at Chaska Town Course in Lakeville, Minn., the brother-in-law tandem of Joe Conzemius and Erik Heltne posted a bogey-free 10-under 62 to medal by two shots.
“This means a lot. I’ve been an alternate many, many times and have never gotten in,” Conzemius said Monday. “To [qualify] in the four-ball with my brother-in-law is emotional and I’m super excited. A USGA event has been a goal of mine for a long time.”
John Butler and Joel B. Johnson shot an 8-under 64 and survived a three-way playoff to claim the second qualifying spot.
“This is my first time [qualifying], so it’s pretty emotional,” said Butler, who nearly lost his life in a car accident last summer. “I almost gave up golf and I’ve been battling back. My game isn’t there yet, but luckily Joel bailed me out. Awesome to do it with a good friend like Joel.”
Qualifiers: Joe Conzemius (Hastings, Minn.) 62, John Butler (Zimmerman, Minn.) & Joel B. Johnson (Hugo, Minn.) 64 >> Results
Ridgefield, Conn. - Silver Spring Country Club
Qualifiers: Bradford Tilley (Easton, Conn.) & Pat Wilson (Andover, N.J.) 64, Michael Lewis (New York, N.Y.) & Thomas McCarthy (New York, N.Y.) 66 >> Results
Lexington, S.C. - Country Club of Lexington
Qualifiers: John Eades (Charlotte, N.C.) & Matt Schall (Charlotte, N.C.) 62, Matthew Doyle (Summerville, S.C.) & Garrett Risner (Holly Springs, N.C.) 63 >> Results
Diamondhead, Miss. - Diamondhead Country Club
Qualifiers: Todd McPherson (New Orleans, La.) and Jonathan Jeter (New Orleans, La.) 65, Davis Woodliff (Tulsa, Okla.) & Andrew Sullivan (Louisville, Ky.) 66 >> Results
Apollo, Pa. - Willowbrook Country Club
Qualifiers: William Peel IV (Washington, D.C.) & Colin St. Maxens (Washington, D.C.) 64, Brad Knight (Bradenton, Fla.) & Ryan Prokay (Sarasota, Fla.) 65 >> Results
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
At Laurel Links Country Club in Laurel, N.Y., Adam Pecora of Oyster Bay, N.Y., and Thomas Finn of Locust Valley, N.Y., earned medalist honors after recording a round of 9-under 62.
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