U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship: Inside the Field
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A breakdown of the 256 competitors that make up the 128 sides competing in the 9th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship:

Oldest Competitor: John Sajevic (68 years, 29 days)

Youngest Competitors: Brooks Harper (16 years, 2 months, 18 days), Daniel McBrien (16 years, 5 months, 21 days), Smith Summerlin (16 years, 11 months, 14 days)

Average Age of Field: 32.3

Field breakdown by age:
15-20: 36 competitors
21-25: 23 competitors
26-30: 44 competitors
31-35: 57 competitors
36-40: 47 competitors
41-60: 48 competitors
61-70: 1 competitor

Oldest Teams (combined ages): 105, Paul Rice (60) & Brent Peeke (45); 101, Todd White (56) & Nathan Smith (45); Stephen Woodard (51) & Brett Boner (50); 100, John Sajevic (67) & Andrew Sajevic (33); Jon Brown (56) & Jon Olson (44)

Youngest Teams: 34, Brooks Harper (16) & Luke Harper (18); Brayden Miller (17) & Peyton Blackard (17); Matthew DiFiore (17) & Joseph Dolezal (17); Shawn Coultoff (17) & Nicolas Bencomo (17); 35, Blades Brown (17) & Jackson Herrington (18); 38, Cameron Besaw (19) & Thomas Finn (19)

Largest Age Difference (team members): 35, John Sajevic (68) & Andrew Sajevic (33); 21, Scott Lytle (46) & Matthew Mitchell (25); 20, Shawn Hilde (44) & Adil Bir Singh (24)

U.S. States Represented – There are 42 states, plus the District of Columbia, represented in the 2024 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball field: Texas (23), California (17),  Pennsylvania (16), North Carolina (13), Georgia (10), Illinois (10), Massachusetts (10), New York (10), Arizona (9), Colorado (9), Florida (8), Indiana (8), Michigan (8), Tennessee (8), Connecticut (7), South Carolina (6), Louisiana (5), Minnesota (5), Nebraska (5), Oklahoma (5), Oregon (5), Iowa (4), Maryland (4), Missouri (4), Ohio (4), Washington (4), Alabama (3), Idaho (3), Nevada (3), New Mexico (3), Virginia (3), Kentucky (2), Mississippi (2), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (2), Rhode Island (2), South Dakota (2), Utah (2), West Virginia (2), Wisconsin (2), Arkansas (1), North Dakota (1)

International – There are four countries represented in the field: United States (252), Canada (2), Argentina (1), Sweden (1)

USGA Champions (8): Benjamin Baxter (2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Andrew Buchanan (2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Scott Harvey (2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur, 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Todd Mitchell (2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Nathan Smith (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur; 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Todd White (2023 U.S. Senior Amateur, 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Chad Wilfong (2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Davis Womble (2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball)

USGA Runners-Up (8): Brett Boner (2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Evan Beck (2008 U.S. Junior Amateur, 2023 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Kenny Cook (2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Mark Costanza (2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Scott Harvey (2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Drew Kittleson (2008 U.S. Amateur, 2022, 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Drew Stoltz (2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Todd Mitchell (2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur)

Pennsylvania residents: (15) – Jamie Egan, Scott Ehrlich, Luke Fayocavitz, Benjamin Feld, Jesse Hazam, David Herbst, Brian Isztwan, Chris Kline, David Mecca, Jack Melville, Anthony Muscato, Gregor Orlando, Nathan Smith, Kyle Williams, Russell Wren

Brother tandems (10): Jack and Graham Boatwright, Luke and Brooks Harper, Brian and William Hickey, Trenton and Trevor Mierl, John and Matt Garrity, JD and Matt Lehman, Matt and Sam Meuret, Joe and Sam Migdal, Benjamin and David Spitz, Travis and Tucker Wadkins

Father/Son Tandem: John and Andrew Sajevic

Most U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Appearances (2024 included): Scott Harvey (9), Todd Mitchell (9), Nathan Smith (9), Todd White (9)

Players in U.S. Open Final Qualifying (Locally Exempt*): Evan Beck*, Blades Brown, Shawn Coultoff, Matthew Cowgill, Tyler Goecke, Jackson Herrington, Drew Kittleson, Jimmy Makloski, Brett Patterson, Colin Prater, Hunter Swanson, Ryan Terry, Todd White*, Wells Williams*, Justin Young

Sides Who Played in 2023 Amateur Four-Ball (20): Maxwell Lange/Hunter Swanson, Todd White/Nathan Smith, Chad Wilfong/Davis Womble, Jackson Herrington/Blades Brown, Scott Harvey/Todd Mitchell, Andrew Buchanan/Benjamin Baxter, Drew Stoltz/Drew Kittleson, Bryce Haney/Tyler Goecke, Dan Walters/Evan Beck, Carter Loflin/Wells Williams, Sean Rowen/Kenny Cook, Christopher Baloga/Will Wears, Peyton Blackard/Brayden Miller, Scott Shingler/Justin Young, Christopher Sica/Tim Bickford, Thomas Finn/Cameron Besaw*, Ben Klaus/Sam Braver, Bret Parker/Torey Edwards, Stephen Woodard/Brett Boner, Cam Roam/Davey Jude

Played in 2023 U.S. Amateur (11): Blades Brown, Drew Kittleson, Dan Walters, Evan Beck, Javier Delgadillo, Zach Foushee, Scotland Schmidt, Colin Prater, Matthew Sutherland, Payne Denman, Brett Patterson

Played in 2023 U.S. Mid-Amateur (23): Todd White, Nathan Smith, Chad Wilfong, Davis Womble, Scott Harvey, Dan Walters, Evan Beck, Andrew Sajevic, Travis Wadkins, Nicklaus Harrington, Charles Soule, Jon Olson, Joseph Harney, Chris Blackburn, Sam Engel, Mark Costanza, Andrew Noto, Torey Edwards, Harley Abrams, Will Davenport, Sam Straka, Matthew Cowgill, Brett Patterson

Played in 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur (2): Todd White, Jon Brown

Played in 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur (2): Blades Brown, Benjamin Siriboury  

Past Walker Cup Players (3): Scott Harvey (2015), Nathan Smith (2009, 2011, 2013), Todd White (2013)

Notes on Select Sides:

Graham Boatwright, 30, of Chicago, Ill. & Jack Boatwright, 23, of Fairfield, Conn.
The two brothers are the grandsons of former USGA executive director P.J. Boatwright Jr. Upon his passing in 1991, the USGA created the P.J. Boatwright Internship Program, which provides opportunities for individuals to work within Allied Golf Associations in all aspects of their operations. Jack Boatwright won the 2018 Metropolitan Golf Association Junior and competed during three semesters for the University of Connecticut. He is now working at The Medalist in south Florida as a caddie. Graham graduated from Clemson University with a material science and engineering degree and works in the Chicago office of a global packaging company. Neither Boatwright ever met their grandfather, who passed away two years before Graham was born. Their mom, Cathy, is a longtime USGA Rules official who has received the Ike Grainger Award for 25 years of meritorious service to the USGA. This is their first USGA championship.

Blades Brown, 17, of Nashville, Tenn. & Jackson Herrington, 18, of Dickson, Tenn.
A three-time Tennessee state high school champion, Brown surpassed the legendary Bob Jones last summer as the youngest medalist in U.S. Amateur history when he shared the honor with two others. Earlier this year, Brown was one of eight boys selected to the USGA’s inaugural U.S. National Junior Team. The sophomore at Brentwood Academy has also advanced to the U.S. Open final qualifying as he and his Four-Ball partner were among the playoff survivors at the Jackson (Tenn.) Country Club site. Brown also tied for 26th in the recent Myrtle Beach Classic on the PGA Tour. Brown’s mother, Rhonda, was a standout basketball player at Vanderbilt University and hit the first three-pointer in WNBA history. Herrington, a lefty, has signed to play for the University of Tennessee this fall. A past Tennessee high school state individual champion, Herrington will carry on the family legacy of attending Tennessee, becoming an eighth-generation Volunteer.

Evan Beck, 32, of Virginia Beach, Va. & Dan Walters, 38, of Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Beck/Walters duo reached the semifinals of the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.) before falling 2 and 1 to the eventual champions. Beck, the runner-up in the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur at Shoal Creek after getting into the field as an alternate, defeated future three-time major champion and two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champ Jordan Spieth in the semifinals that year. He also finished runner up to Stewart Hagestad in the 2023 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Sleepy Hollow in Scarborough, N.Y., falling 3 and 2 in the championship match. He was a four-year letter-winner at Wake Forest as well as an All-ACC performer and All-American. Walters, a Rollins College graduate, qualified for the 2015 U.S. Amateur and served as the associate men’s golf coach at Wake Forest for nine years. The two met when Beck played for the Demon Deacons.

Brett Boner, 49, of Charlotte, N.C., & Stephen Woodard, 50, of Charlotte, N.C.
Boner, the runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club, is fortunate to be playing golf after a near-fatal accident in May 2021. While driving to pickup his son at soccer practice in Charlotte, a limb fell from a tree and went through his windshield, trapping Boner for some 30 minutes before paramedics rushed him to surgery. The Auburn graduate suffered four broken ribs and a collapsed lung, in addition to permanent nerve damage. He returned to playing golf exactly a year later and competed in the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Erin Hills. This will be his second consecutive U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with Woodard, his longtime partner and brother-in-law. Woodard, a commercial real estate broker, qualified for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in 2006 and won consecutive events on PGA Tour Canada in 2004, finishing second on that season’s Order of Merit behind past USA Walker Cup competitor Erik Compton. The 1996 Southern Methodist graduate regained his amateur status in 2009.

Colin Prater, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colo. & Jimmy Makloski, 29, of Pueblo, Colo.
Colin Prater hit the opening tee shot of the 123rd U.S. Amateur, just the start of a memorable week for the 28-year-old science teacher and golf coach at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs. A four-time Division II All-America player at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, he hadn’t advanced to match play in his two previous U.S. Amateurs, in 2016 and 2019. He shot 1-under 142 to earn the 46th seed and advance, ultimately falling in 21 holes in the Round of 64 to Arizona State standout Ryggs Johnston. His partner Makloski, now the assistant golf coach at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, played four years at Colorado State University, captaining the team in his senior year and posting three top-10 finishes.

John Sawin, 45, of Pebble Beach, Calif., & Tug Maude, 47, of Atlanta, Ga.
Sawin and Maude are both products of Merion Golf Club's junior golf program. Sawin played at Princeton University and is currently the director of golf at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Maude attended Wake Forest, but injuries kept him from playing for the Demon Deacons, and he briefly competed as a professional before regaining his amateur status. Maude was the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Player of the Year in 2005.

Scott Harvey, 44, of Greensboro, N.C., & Todd Mitchell, 42, of Bloomington, Ill.
USGA stalwarts Harvey and Mitchell claimed the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. They are one of two sides (2015 champions Nathan Smith and Todd White) to compete in all eight previous U.S. Amateur Four-Balls. The duo has advanced to match play every year except for 2022, reaching the quarterfinals or better on more than half of those occasions, including in 2015 and 2017. Harvey, a property manager who has competed in 36 USGA championships, won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur and was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team. Most recently, Harvey advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2023 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Sleepy Hollow in Scarborough, N.Y. Mitchell, the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up, has played in 31 USGA events. Mitchell, who works in the insurance business, played shortstop at Illinois State and was chosen in the 14th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees and played briefly in the club’s minor-league system.

Drew Kittleson, 34, of Scottsdale, Ariz. & Drew Stoltz, 38, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Kittleson and Stoltz have finished runner-up in the last two editions of the championship. In 2022, the pair of Arizona natives went from last-minute entrants to a magical run to the finals at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.), eventually falling in a memorable 19-hole battle. In 2023, Stoltz and Kittleson fell to UC Berkeley teammates Aaron Du and Sampson Zheng, 2 and 1. Kittleson was the runner-up to Danny Lee in the 2008 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. The Florida State University graduate, who regained his amateur status six years ago, owns a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. Kittleson, who reached match play in his first U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2019, has competed in nine USGA championships, and on May 20 competed in U.S. Open Final Qualifying in Dallas after medaling at local qualifying earlier this month He played in the Masters and U.S. Open in 2009 and reached the quarterfinals of the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur. Stoltz, who played collegiately at Texas Christian University, co-hosts “Gravy and the Sleeze,” a SiriusXM radio show, and “Subpar,” a Golf.com podcast, with 2007 U.S. Amateur/U.S. Amateur Public Links champion and CBS on-course analyst Colt Knost.

Nathan Smith, 44, of Pittsburgh, Pa., & Todd White, 55, of Spartanburg, S.C.
Smith and White won the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015 with a 7-and-5 triumph in the final at The Olympic Club (Lake Course) in San Francisco, site of the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open and five U.S. Opens. The duo also reached the quarterfinals in 2017 at Pinehurst No. 2. Their partnership was forged during the 2013 Walker Cup, where they helped the USA retain the Cup at National Golf Links of America. They are one of two sides to have played in all eight previous Amateur Four-Balls (with 2019 champions Scott Harvey and Todd Mitchell). Smith owns a record four U.S. Mid-Amateur titles (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012). An investment advisor, Smith has competed in 51USGA championships. He will serve as the 2025 USA Walker Cup captain at Cypress Point Club. White, a high school history teacher, has played in 33 USGA championships. White won the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif. and competed in the 1995 U.S. Open and the 2021 U.S. Senior Open, where he made the cut. The reinstated amateur advanced to the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinals and reached the quarterfinals in 2014 and 2015.

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 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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