Collier, Hudelson advance to quarterfinals in U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (May 29, 2017) – Former Oklahoma City University golfer Clark Collier and former Oklahoma Christian golfer Kyle Hudelson moved into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship Tuesday morning with a victory in 19 holes over Brendan Borst and Thomas McDonagh.

Collier and Hudelson are playing Nathan Smith and Todd White in the quarterfinals. Live scoring is here.

On the round of 16 victory, the USGA talked with Collier and Hudelson.

Clark Collier/Kyle Hudelson def. Thomas McDonagh/Brendan Borst, 19 holes

On the extra-hole victory: “We were behind the entire time, and it was really tough to fight back into it. Those guys would not give in. We made some really good shots and made some big putts and they put them in right on top of us. It was really tough to win holes. Tom and Brendan are class acts and they played their hearts out.

“On 14, they both hit it in to about four feet and Kyle was off the green to the left and he made his 30-foot putt from off the green and they both missed their birdie putts. So that was a two-hole swing. We would have gone to 3 down, match is [basically] over. he makes it from off the green and we’re only 1 down.”- – Collier

On winning the 18th hole with a par to force extra holes: “On 18, they both hit great second shots to be around the green. I kind of had a good feeling that par was going to be a good score there. We were putting 6-, 7-footers for par and Clark got his in first.” — Hudelson

On their mindset: “We’re just country club rats. We’re war dogs. All these college kids get to play golf every day. We have an actual job. We don’t get to play golf every single day, so we just know how to grind it out. Especially when you’re only showing up on the weekends trying to shoot a good score. You’re not going to have a perfect swing. You’re not going to have time to have a perfect swing. You take your mistakes and you scramble.” — Hudelson

On taking advantage of being alternates: “We’ve had the mentality all week that we’ve won already. Just being here was a win.” — Collier

Borst and McDonagh had earlier eliminated medalists Clark Engle and Will Grimmer in what turned out to be a Big Ten showdown during Monday’s first round of match play. Earlier on Monday, Borst and McDonagh earned the 32nd and final berth in the match-play draw via an 8-for-6 playoff that lasted three holes. A few hours later on the iconic par-70, 7,161-yard Course No. 2, the two former Penn State golfers registered the biggest upset in the Round of 32.

Borst, 27, of Philadelphia, Pa., and McDonagh, 28, of Norwalk, Conn., never trailed in their 3-and-2 victory against Ohio State University teammates Engle, 22, of Springfield, Ohio, and Grimmer, 20, of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Buckeyes, who never registered a bogey in two rounds of stroke play, opened the door early by losing the second hole to a birdie. It would portend a tough day for the duo who shot 12-under 139 over the weekend to garner the No. 1 seeding.

Collier and Hudelson advanced with a 2 and 1 victory over Joshua Irving of Dallas and  Will Osborne of Fort Worth. The other Oklahoma team to qualify for match play, Tyler Carson and Austin Hannah of Jenks, lost 5 and 3 to Patrick Flavin of Highwood, Ill., and Brian Ohr of Wheeling, Ill.

 

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by five rounds of match play, with the Round of 16 and quarterfinals to be played on Tuesday. The semifinals and 18-hole championship match are scheduled for Wednesday.

First played in 2015 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Results

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Results from Monday’s first round of match play in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, being conducted on the 7,161-yard, par-70 Course No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club:

Upper Bracket
Brendan Borst, Philadelphia, Pa. & Thomas McDonagh, Norwalk, Conn. def. Clark Engle, Springfield, Ohio & Will Grimmer, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3 and 2

Clark Collier, Dallas, Texas & Kyle Hudelson, Oklahoma City, Okla. def. Joshua Irving, Dallas, Texas & Will Osborne, Fort Worth, Texas, 2 and 1

Patrick Flavin, Highwood, Ill. & Brian Ohr, Wheeling, Ill. def. Tyler Carson, Jenks, Okla. & Austin Hannah, Jenks, Okla., 5 and 3

Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. & Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C. def. Andrew Medley, Scottsdale, Ariz. & Ken Tanigawa, Phoenix, Ariz., 1 up

Patrick Christovich, New Orleans, La. & Garrett Rank, Canada def. Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C. & Grayson Wotnosky, Wake Forest, N.C., 1 up

Matt Naumec, Wilbraham, Mass. & Billy Walthouse, Longmeadow, Mass. def. Drew Mayhew, Canada & Peter Sauerbrei, Canada, 3 and 2

Kenny Cook, Noblesville, Ind. & Sean Rowen, Greenwood, Ind. def Jordan Nasser, Irvine, Calif. & Taylor Wood, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 4 and 3

Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. & Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. def. Daniel Wetterich, Cincinnati, Ohio & Matthew Wetterich, Cincinnati, Ohio, 5 and 4

Lower Bracket
Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss. & Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. def. Micah Dean, Cincinnati, Ohio & Alex Rodger, Cincinnati, Ohio, 5 and 4

David Kocher, Charlotte, N.C. & William Rainey, Charlotte, N.C. def. Walker Lee, Houston, Texas & Andrew Minton, Houston, Texas, 4 and 3

Frankie Capan, North Oaks, Minn. & Shuai Ming “Ben” Wong, Hong Kong, China def. Tyler Cooke, Warwick, R.I. & Bobby Leopold, Coventry, R.I., 4 and 3

Jordan Andrus, Pinckney, Mich. & Chad Johnson, Monroe, Mich. def. Mario Carmona, Houston, Texas & Mitchell Meissner, San Antonio, Texas, 20 holes

Chip Brooke, Bartow, Fla. & Marc Dull, Winter Haven, Fla. def. Sean Seese, Rydal, Pa. & Benjamin Smith, Philadelphia, Pa., 4 and 3

Connor Campbell, Orange, Calif. & Blake Meek, Pasadena, Calif. def. Ben Corfee, El Macero, Calif. & Dan Corfee, El Macero, Calif., 3 and 2

Justin Kaplan, Houston, Texas & Scott Loving, Conroe, Texas def. Derek Busby, Ruston, La. & Bryan Vahlberg, Norman, Okla., 19 holes

Brandon Cigna, Arlington, Va. & Ben Warnquist, Olney, Md. def. Spencer Dunaway, Mililani, Hawaii & Peter Kuest, Fresno, Calif., 1 up

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Tee times for Tuesday’s second round of match play at the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, played at the 7,161-yard, par-70 Course No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.

All Times EDT

Upper Bracket
7 a.m. – Brendan Borst, Philadelphia, Pa. & Thomas McDonagh, Norwalk, Conn. vs. Clark Collier, Dallas, Texas & Kyle Hudelson, Oklahoma City, Okla.

7:12 a.m. – Patrick Flavin, Highwood, Ill. & Brian Ohr, Wheeling, Ill. vs. Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. & Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C.

7:24 a.m. – Patrick Christovich, New Orleans, La. & Garrett Rank, Canada vs. Matt Naumec, Wilbraham, Mass. & Billy Walthouse, Longmeadow, Mass.

7:36 a.m. – Kenny Cook, Noblesville, Ind. & Sean Rowen, Greenwood, Ind. vs. Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. & Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill.

Lower Bracket
7:48 a.m. – Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss. & Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. vs. David Kocher, Charlotte, N.C. & William Rainey, Charlotte, N.C.

8 a.m. – Frankie Capan, North Oaks, Minn. & Shuai Ming “Ben” Wong, Hong Kong, China vs. Jordan Andrus, Pinckney, Mich. & Chad Johnson, Monroe, Mich.

8:12 a.m. – Chip Brooke, Bartow, Fla. & Marc Dull, Winter Haven, Fla. vs. Connor Campbell, Orange, Calif. & Blake Meek, Pasadena, Calif.

8:24 a.m. – Justin Kaplan, Houston, Texas & Scott Loving, Conroe, Texas vs. Brandon Cigna, Arlington, Va. & Ben Warnquist, Olney, Md.

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