U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifying roundup
No. 4 at Pacific Dunes (Bandon Dunes photo)
No. 4 at Pacific Dunes (Bandon Dunes photo)

The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be an exercise in destination golf. The fifth playing of this championship will take place at Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, Ore., which also hosted the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in 2015.

The championship doesn’t begin until May 25, 2019, but qualifying runs from Aug. 27, 2018 to March 18, 2019 at 50 sites around the U.S.

The following sides are exempt into the 2019 championship, provided they remain intact:

Nathan Smith/Todd White (2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champions)
Benjamin Baxter/Andrew Buchanan (2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champions)
Frankie Capan/Shuai Ming Wong (2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champions)
Cole Hammer/Garrett Barber (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champions)
Brandon Cigna/Ben Warnquist (2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball runners-up)
Clark Collier/Kyle Hudelson (2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball runners-up)
Chip Brooke/Marc Dull (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball runners-up)
Kyle Cornett/Patrick Sato (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinalists)
Carson Barry/Sam Tidd (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinalists)

Highlights from qualifying include:

September 17

Randy Haag
Randy Haag
Randy Haag and partner Jason Anthony made up one of two sides to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball out of Sonoma (Calif.) Golf Club. Haag, an NCGA standout who was runner-up in the 2018 British Senior Amateur, started hot on the first three holes with birdie-eagle-birdie, then Anthony picked up the torch and added four birdies over the next eight holes. Anthony was 4 under on his own ball on the back, and that led the twosome into the championship.

Ian Albrecht and Travis Peterson were even more impressive, using a 13-under 59 to claim medalist honors. Peterson led the team with 10 birdies and an eagle, and overlapped Albrecht birdies two times.

Qualifiers: Ian Albrecht (Sonoma, Calif.) & Travis Peterson (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 59; Jason Anthony (Fairfield, Calif.) & Randy Haag (Orinda, Calif.) 61

The Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club, Rockforld, Ill.
Qualifiers: Amory Davis (Nashville, Tenn.) & Andy Shiels (Charleston, S.C.) 63; Ben Shafer (Brookfield, Wis.) & Kevin Van Rossum (Hartland, Wis.) 64

The duo of Shawn Baker and Jim Scorse collaborated for a 6-under 66 on the Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed Crag Burn Golf Club in East Aurora, N.Y., to earn medalist honors.

Behind them, two teams finished tied at 67, including Connor Salanger and Kyle Roy as well as Andrew Fretthold and Nathan Peck. The two teams battled throughout a four-hole playoff before Salanger and Roy secured the qualifying spot with a birdie on the par-4 eleventh.

Qualifiers: Shawn Baker (Rochester, N.Y.) & James Scorse (Churchville, N.Y.) 66; Kyle Roy (Tampa, Fla.) & Connor Salanger (Camillus, N.Y.) 67

September 12

Kirkbrae CC in Lincoln, R.I.
Qualifiers: Mark Farley (Langhorne, Pa.) & Connor McNicholas (Ambler, Pa.) 65; Chuck Isgar (Los Angeles) & Drew Powell (Bangor, Maine) 66

September 11

Brothers Ethan and Jeremy Wall of Brielle, N.J., were among three sides to qualify out of Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell, N.J. Both players are recent graduates of Loyola Maryland University, and will go to work for the family Ford/Lincoln dealership this fall. Jeremy already won the Philadelphia Amateur this summer.

Interestingly, a third Wall – younger brother Jack – was part of another advancing side. Jack Wall and partner Brendan Hansen took medalist honors at the qualifier with 9-under 62. The youngest Wall, who is 17, nearly advanced through U.S. Open qualifying this summer. Wall and Hansen are teammates who have led Christian Brothers Academy of Lincroft to consecutive NJSIAA Tournament of Champions titles.

Turns out the Walls will be making a family trip to Bandon Dunes next spring. Ethan, 23, and Jeremy, 22, had already driven home by the time they found out about it.

“We followed the leaderboard from home and thought there were several groups that could jump ahead of us. Now, we’re going to have a great family trip to Bandon Dunes. My father (George) and older brother (Augie) were out their last fall and had a great time.”

Qualifiers: Brendan Hansen (Spring Lake, N.J.) & Jack Wall (Brielle, N.J.) 62; Vince Kwon (Marlton, N.J.) & Troy Vannucci (Marlton, N.J.) 63; Ethan Wall (Brielle, N.J.) & Jeremy Wall (Brielle, N.J.) 64

September 10

Three teams posted rounds of 6-under 66 at Canterwood G&CC in Gig Harbor, Wash., but ultimately only two could advance to the U.S. Four-Ball. The teams of Ben Garrett and Erik Hanson and Cody Roth and Craig Roth prevailed in the playoff and earned their spot at Bandon Dunes.

This is the second time Garrett and Hanson have qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball after qualifying for the 2017 championship. Hanson has qualified for three U.S. Mid-Amateurs and was named WSGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year in 2016; Garrett won the WSGA Men’s Best-Ball Championship with partner Erik Olson in 2016.

This marks the first time the father and son duo of Craig and Cody Roth have qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Earlier this year the Roths won their third WSGA Parent-Child Championship. Cody is a senior on the Western Washington University men’s golf team.

Information from Washington State Golf Association used in this write-up

Qualifiers: Ben Garrett (Seattle) & Erik Hanson 66; Cody Roth (Bellingham, Wash.) & Craig Roth (Bellingham, Wash.) 66

Seville G&CC in Gilbert, Ariz.
Qualifiers: Scott Thomas (Chandler, Ariz.) & Tony Vincelli (Rosemount, Minn.) 62; Bennett Blakeman (Chicago) & Peter Ianello (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 63

September 5

For the third time in five years, the team of Matt Parziale and Herbie Aikens will play the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. The two-time Massachusetts Four-Ball Champions (they won that title in 2016 and 2017) secured the second and final spot in a sudden-death playoff at the qualifier at the Country Club of Pittsfield (Mass.).

“We have tried to qualify all five years and actually started playing together in the state four-ball because of this tournament,” Parziale told Mass Golf. “We have tried to play as much as we can together to try and make a run. We have not had much success so far, but we are happy to have another chance.”

Qualifiers: Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) & Bobby Leopold (Coventry, R.I.) 62; Herbie Aikens (Kingston, Mass.) & Matt Parziale (Brockton, Mass.) 64

August 30

Kensington G&CC in Naples, Fla.
Qualifiers: Devon Hopkins (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) & Matt Kleinrock (Jacksonville, Fla.) 64; Brian Dolehide (Boca Raton, Fla.) & Sully Zagerman (Windermere, Fla.) 65

August 29

Lyman Orchards GC (Jones Course) in Middlefield, Conn.
Qualifiers: Jimin Jung (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) & Jud Langille (Ossining, N.Y.) 64; Nick Branchina (Summit, N.J.) & Will Rosenfield (Baltimore, Md.) 65

August 27

Bay State golfers Jacob Zaranek, a rising sophomore on the Fairfield University men’s golf team, and playing partner Kyle Puzzo were one of the three teams to solidify their starts to next year’s golfing schedule. All three teams that qualified out of Boston Golf Club in Hingham, Mass., tied for medalist honors at 8-under 64. Zaranek and Puzzo will each be making their first career appearance in a USGA championship when they tee it up at Bandon Dunes.

“It feels so good to qualify for the Four-Ball Championship,” the 20-year old Zaranek told Mass Golf. “It’s amazing. It’s so cool that we were able to get it going today, that we played well, and I’m so excited to go out there and try to play well again.”

Qualifiers: Zachary Falone (Mickleton, N.J.) & Matthew Mancini (Douglasssville, Pa.) 64; James Cimini (Pittsfield, Mass.) & Joshua Shepard (Pittsfield, Mass.) 64; Kyle Puzzo (Ludlow, Mass.) & Jacob Zaranek (South Deerfield, Mass.) 64

Alexander Butler and Connor Schmidt combined for an unreal round of 13-under 58 at Oglebay Resort (Palmer Course) in Wheeling, W.Va., to take one of two spots. Schmidt logged eight birdies on the day, plus an eagle. Butler added an eagle at a birdie at the 18th to get the team to 58. Interestingly, they only won medalist honors by a single shot. Jeffrey Long and Michael Brennan came in right behind them with a round of 12-under 59.

Qualifiers: Alexander Butler (Philadelphia) & Connor Schmidt (Venetia, Pa.) 58; Michael Brennan (Leesburg, Va.) & Jeffrey Long (Ashburn, Va.) 59

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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