Two teams of Oklahomans advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship Monday at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Fla.
Tyler Carson and Austin Hannah of Jenks defeated Brandon Bradosky of Greenville, S.C., and Raymond Wooten of Clemson, S.C., 3 and 2. Craig Poet and Pat Collogan of Ponca City eliminated past U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champions Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Todd White of Spartanburg, S.C., 3 and 2. Smith and White won the first event four years ago.
Carson is a former University of Tulsa golfer while Hannah played collegiately at Oral Roberts University.
The top-seeded Northern California side of Bobby Bucey, 29, of Concord, and Brett Viboch, 34, of Moraga, who shot 11-under 129 in stroke play to earn medalist honors, shook off some early nerves and advanced with a 3-and-2 victory over playoff survivors and South Dakota natives Danny Amundson and Michael Martin.
And the two highest-ranked players in the field, Cole Hammer, 18, of Houston, Texas (No. 52 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™), and Garrett Barber, 18, of Stuart, Fla. (No. 57 in WAGR), rolled 7 and 6 over Delaware mid-amateurs Ed Brown and Jay Whitby, the largest margin of victory in U.S. Amateur Four-Ball history.
For the second time in three days, play was suspended due to inclement weather for 2 hours, 15 minutes. On Saturday, the championship suffered through three suspensions totaling 4 hours, 5 minutes.
Poet, with one USGA championship under his belt (2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur) and his partner competing in his first, knew experience wasn’t on their side against Smith and White, who own six USGA championships and four Walker Cup appearances between them. But feeling no pressure, they jumped out to a 3-up lead after nine holes before the weather suspension, with Collogan hitting a 6-iron on the par-3 ninth to 4 feet as the heavy rain pelted the course. Poet’s birdie on the par-5 13th kept the momentum going and the sides were shaking hands three holes later.
“With those guys, you better not sleep on the lead,” said Collogan.
Added Poet: “I probably felt less pressure. If you looked at it, you’d think Nathan (five USGA titles) and Todd, with what they’ve done in the past, they’re used to playing in these events. It made it easier for us to just go out and freewheel it.”
- Oklahoma City natives Clark Collier and Kyle Hudelson, runners-up in last year’s championship, were eliminated by David Denham, of Athens, Ga., andStuart Moore, of Gainesville, Ga., 5 and 3.
- The other two semifinalists from 2017 each advanced. Marc Dull, 32, of Winter Haven, Fla., and Chip Brooke, 42, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., posted a 3-and-2 win, while full-time NHL referee Garrett Rank, 30, of Canada, and Patrick Christovich, 39, of New Orleans, La., earned a 4-and-3 victory.
Capan on being the No. 31 seed: “[Stroke-play] scores don’t matter now. What were we last year? A seven seed? So we did fairly well. We feel pretty good about ourselves.”
Poet on if people playfully tease him about his unique last name: “All the time. Oh, you know, everybody just asks me to do a poem. You’re a poet and you know it.”
The Round of 16 and quarterfinals will be contested on Tuesday. The Round of 16 will go off from 7 a.m. through 8:24 a.m with the quarterfinals scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Tequesta, Fla. – Results from Monday’s Round of 32 at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, played at the 7,223-yard par-70 Hills Course at Jupiter Hills Club.
Denham, D./Moore, S. (136) def. Collier, C./Hudelson, K. (136) 5 and 3
Groover, S./McKeever, M. (137) def. Wilfong, C./Womble, D. (134) 23 Holes
Brooke, C./Dull, M. (137) def. Carpenter, D./Guest, K. (134) 3 and 2
Bull, D./Price, A. (135) def. Berkmeyer, R./Nurski, B. (136) 1 up
Collogan, P./Poet, C. (134) def Smith, N./White, T. (136) 3 and 2
Cornett, K./Sato, P. (138) def. Harvey, S./Mitchell, T. (132) 19 Holes
Christovich, P./Rank, G. (132) def. Gustafson, S./Ryan, J. (138) 4 and 3
Bucey, B./Viboch, B. (129) def. Amundson, D./Martin, M. (138) 3 and 2
Capan, F./Wong, S. (138) def. Burry, Z./Wallace, T. (130) 3 and 1
Barry, C./Tidd, S. (136) def. Buch, B./Knade, P. (135) 2 and 1
Edwards, T./Parker, B. (133) def. Anderson, Z./Bayley, D. (137) 19 Holes
Brown, H./Larkin, J. (134) def. Goldstein, D. / Randolph, T. (136) 3 and 2
Barber, G./Hammer, C. (131) def. Brown, E./Whitby, J. (138) 7 and 6
Maude, T./Sawin, J. (136) def. Childress, M./Robbins, L. 3 and 2
Atkinson, Z./Gibson, B. (133) def. Klaus, B./Pumphrey, R. (138) 6 and 4
Carson, T./Hannah, A. (134) def. Bradosky, B. / Wooten, R. (136) 3 and 2
7 a.m. - Bucey, B./Viboch, B. (129) vs. Denham, D./Moore, S. (136)
7:12 a.m. - Groover, S./McKeever, M. (137) vs. Brooke, C./Dull, M. (137)
7:24 a.m. - Christovich, P./Rank, G. (132) vs. Bull, D./Price, A. (135)
7:36 a.m. - Cornett, K./Sato, P. (138) vs. Collogan, P./Poet, C. (134)
7:48 a.m. - Capan, F./Wong, S. (138) vs. Barry, C./Tidd, S. (136)
8 a.m. - Edwards, T./Parker, B. (133) vs. Brown, H./Larkin, J. (134)
8:12 a.m. - Barber, G./Hammer, C. (131) vs. Maude, T./Sawin, J. (136)
8:24 a.m. - Atkinson, Z./Gibson, B. (133) vs. Carson, T./Hannah, A. (134)