U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying
Two teams used an eight-under 64 to stamp their tickets to the 5th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club in May of 2020. The duo of Nathan Grintjes and Kurt Watkins alongside Sean O’Donnell and Chris Thomas were crowned co-medalists on Wednesday at Tonto Verde Golf Club.
Grintjes and Watkins caught fire early on after combining six birdies on their first nine holes. The team went two-under on their final nine after mixing three birdies with a lone bogey. The Four-Ball Championship will be Grintjes’s first USGA Championship and Watkin’s third, having previously competed in the U.S. Public Links.
“We started off on the back and shot 30 and just kept it together on the way in,” stated Grintjes.“We had a good redemption from the last year,” Watkins reminisced.” “We played terrible.”
O’Donnell along with Thomas carded a best-ball score of 33 on the back nine followed by five-under 31 en route to their metaling finish. Thomas, who picked up his first AGA victory this past June at the Falcon Amateur, will be competing in his first ever USGA Championship this May.
“The round started off pretty slow. We didn’t make anything for the first six holes. I kind of got hot, 7, 8, 9, and then I made three more birdies and an eagle on the final nine. Now we are moving on,” Thomas said.
A trio of teams posted a seven-under 65 to force a playoff for the two alternate spots. Bryan Hoops and Mike Wagner were granted the first alternate spot. The team of Gerod Black and Brady Shivers will serve as the second alternate.
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