The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball owns a brief historical past as one of many latest U.S. Golf Association championships. The event has solely been performed since 2015 (minus 2020, when – like many USGA championships – the Four-Ball was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic), however this yr has been one for the books.
In the earlier 5 iterations of the championship, a mixed 19 sides managed to submit 36-hole totals of 10 underneath or higher in stroke play. Over the weekend at host website Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington (and stroke-play co-host the Home Course), 20 sides produced such scores.
At the highest of that listing, and with the No. 1 seed now that stroke play is ready to start, are two youngsters: David Ford and Kelly Chinn. They are the Nos. 1- and 3-ranked gamers within the Golfweek Junior Rankings, respectively, and Chinn is the reigning AJGA Rolex Player of the Year. The two mixed for rounds of 62-65 for medalist honors.
Scores: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
“I know David and I were trying to go as low as possible,” stated Chinn, who’s headed to Duke University within the fall, whereas his associate will enroll at Atlantic Coast Conference in-state rival North Carolina. “To shoot [that low of a score] for 36 holes is awesome.”
The lower was made on Sunday night to the highest 32 sides that may advance to match play – or at the very least, it was virtually made. Eleven sides returned to Chambers Bay very first thing Monday morning to play off for the ultimate six spots on the bracket.
So far, each youth – like Chinn and Ford – and experience – like defending champions from 2019 Scott Harvey and Todd Mitchell (who completed T3 at 14 underneath) – are represented.
In the youth class, don’t overlook Luke Potter, who received the Maridoe Amateur final winter, and Preston Summerhays, the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur championship, who mixed to take the No. 5 seed.
Teens Carter Loflin and Wells Williams in addition to Maxwell Ford (David Ford’s twin brother) and Bruce Murphy additionally superior.
The bracket may also embody present collegians and 2017 champs Frankie Capan (Florida Gulf Coast) and Shuai Ming Wong (SMU) plus inaugural Four-Ball champs Nathan Smith and Todd White – each of whom have taken activates the U.S. Walker Cup squad.
The championship match shall be performed Wednesday.