Bandon Dunes Four Ball Tournament

Andrew Medley of Arizona hits his ball onto the 18th green of Old Macdonald during the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball tournament Sunday at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Medley and his teammate, Taylor Wood, tied for fourth in the two days of qualifying for the event. 

BANDON — For the first time in the five-year history of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, there were multiple medalists as three pairs shared honors in the tournament at Bandon Dunes on Sunday.

Seven other teams, or sides in four-ball lingo, were preparing for a morning playoff for the final four spots in the match play portion of the event, which runs through Wednesday.

The co-medalists for the U.S. Amatuer Four-Ball Championship included, from left, teammates Christopher Wheeler and Derek Abel, Vince Kwon and…

The Texas duo of Derek Abel and Christopher Wheeler, Santa Clara University teammates Matthew McCarty (Scottdale, Ariz.) and Derek Ackerman (Santa Clara, Calif.), and the New Jersey tandem of Troy Vannucci and Vince Kwon all finished the two qualifying rounds at 13-under.

McCarty and Ackerman shot a 63 on Saturday in calm conditions at Old Macdonald and Abel and Wheeler shot a 62 on Sunday at Pacific Dunes. Vannucci and Kwon shot 64 each day (Old Macdonald played with a par of 71 and Pacific Dunes with a par of 70).

All three are playing in the four-ball championship for the first time.

“It’s been a lot of fun this whole week,” McCarty said. “The format is awesome.”

“Each of us had a good day,” Ackerman said. “I played well yesterday and Matt did the same today.”

Sunday the weather was great, though the wind picked up in the afternoon. Saturday, rains and wind in the afternoon made things more challenging.

“We were blessed with good tee times,” Vannucci said, explaining that the group only had rain for nine holes Saturday and had a 7 a.m. tee time Sunday.

“We got off to a hot start,” Kwon said of Sunday’s round, when they birdied the first three holes. “We played solid overall.”

The cross-country trip is their first to the resort, though they said they will be back.

“We love it here,” Kwon said. “You are trapped in golf paradise.”

Abel and Wheeler are 36-year-old business partners who have been friends for more than 20 years and are staying near the beach in Bandon and visiting local sites in addition to the golf.

“The golf tournament is an excuse for a guys’ vacation,” Abel said.

“Each day we can be here longer, it’s good for the golf and good for the team, too.”

As for the golf, they got off to a good start in their 62 Sunday.

“Derek birdied the first three holes and I birdied two of the next three,” Wheeler said.

The sides who are in the playoff finished at 6-under and include Idaho residents Sam Tidd and Carson Barry, who reached the semifinals in last year’s event.

The tournament started with 128 sides. Among them, 12 missed the cut by one stroke, including local favorites Kyle Crawford and Kevin Rei, a pair of veteran caddies at the resort.

Crawford and Rei shot even par at Old Macdonald on Saturday when a bunch of the sides had low scores, and nearly recovered on Sunday, reaching 5-under and having a number of near-misses on the closing holes.

“We gave it a run,” Crawford said.

Crawford and Rei birdied four of the first five holes Sunday, but only had one more birdie the rest of the round. Rei had birdie putts lip out on both 16 and 17 and Crawford ran one through the hole on 14 and came up just short on 15. Needing birdie on 18 to get to 6-under, Crawford hit his drive into trouble left, leaving Rei the only partner in position for a possible birdie, and he hit his 5-wood short and right of the green on the par-5. His flop shot left him a 30-footer that just missed.

“I don’t know if I’d rather miss by six (shots) or one,” Crawford said. “We made it close. We had our opportunities.”

“It was probably more a product of yesterday,” Rei said, explaining that the two should have taken advantage of the good conditions, when they played in the relatively calm morning.

“I lipped out five putts yesterday. Kyle missed a lot, too. It’s unbelievable how close we were.”

A competitor hits from the 18th fairway on Old Macdonald during the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball tournament Sunday at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.…

The two played in front of a huge crowd of supporters, including many caddies. The gallery swelled to more than 50 when they were on 18.

“It was great to have all these guys out here,” Crawford said. “It was a huge crowd. It was cool to see the support from the caddie shack.”

“That was the most fun I’ve ever had playing golf,” Rei added.

Among the other sides just missing the cut were former Major League Baseball pitcher Erik Hanson and his partner Ben Garrett. Recently retired NFL player Kyle Williams and his partner, Greg Berthelot, qualified with a two-round total of 10-under. 

The oldest and youngest players also advanced. California high schooler Aidan Tran, 15, and his partner Jackson Lake were at 9-under, while 63-year-old John Sajevic of Fremont, Neb., and his son, Andrew, also were at 9-under. They were the only father-son team to advance, while Hunter of Ryan Epson of Long Beach, Calif., also were at 9-under and were the only brother-brother team to make it in to match play. 

The rest of the tournament will be contested on Old Macdonald. The first round of match play is Monday, with the second round and quarterfinals Tuesday and the semifinals and championship match Wednesday.

The caddies will put their support behind the team of Chip Brooke and Marc Dull. Brooke is a former Bandon Dunes caddie and the son of the former director of caddies Ken Brooke. Their side tied for 11th at 9-under and was the runner-up team last year.

The public is encouraged to come out to watch the tournament.

Results from Sunday’s second round of stroke play in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, played at 7,024-yard, par 34-37-71 Old Macdonald Course (OM) and the 6,666-yard, par 36-34-70 Pacific Dunes Course (PD) at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Derek Abel, Dallas, Texas & Christopher Wheeler, Addison, Texas 66 OM-62 PD—128

Troy Vannucci, Marlton, N.J. & Vince Kwon, Marlton, N.J. 64 OM-64 PD—128

Matthew McCarty, Scottsdale, Ariz. & Derek Ackerman, Santa Clara, Calif. 63 OM-65 PD—128

Taylor Wood, Coto de Caza, Calif. & Andrew Medley, Scottsdale, Ariz. 65 PD-64 OM—129

Nicolas Osterburg, Indianapolis, Ind. & Oliver Mast, Fortville, Ind. 65 PD-64 OM—129

Derek Busby, Ruston, La. & Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. 66 OM-64 PD—130

Jack Wall, Brielle, N.J. & Brendan Hansen, Spring Lake, N.J. 68 PD-63 OM—131

Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. & Scott Harvey, Kernersville, N.C. 65 OM-66 PD—131

Kyle Williams, Ruston, La. & Gregory Berthelot, Baton Rouge, La. 66 PD-65 OM—131

Bobby Leopold, Coventry, R.I. & Tyler Cooke, Warwick, R.I. 65 PD-66 OM—131

Aidan Tran, Fresno, Calif. & Jackson Lake, Clovis, Calif. 69 OM-63 PD—132

Hunter Epson, Long Beach, Calif. & Ryder Epson, Long Beach, Calif. 64 OM-68 PD—132

Jason Anthony, Fairfield, Calif. & Randy Haag, Orinda, Calif. 67 OM-65 PD—132

Chip Brooke, Altamonte Springs, Fla. & Marc Dull, Winter Haven, Fla. 65 PD-67 OM—132

Dustin Groves, Charlottesville, Va. & Jordan Utley, Richmond, Va. 65 PD-67 OM—132

John Sajevic, Fremont, Neb. & Andrew Sajevic, Omaha, Neb. 62 PD-70 OM—132

Cullen Brasfield, La Quinta, Calif. & Tyler Moore, Escondido, Calif. 64 OM-69 PD—133

Jack Kozlowski, Columbus, Ohio & Trey Rath, Powell, Ohio 69 PD-64 OM—133

Ben Fisher, Germantown, Tenn. & Matt Mitchell, Oakland, Tenn. 68 PD-65 OM—133

John Faulk, Lake Charles, La. & Matt Nicholas, Lake Charles, La. 70 OM-63 PD—133

Logan Shuping, Salisbury, N.C. & Blake Taylor, Wilmington, N.C. 65 OM-68 PD—133

Robert Lutomski, Simpsonville, S.C. & Weston Bell, Piedmont, S.C. 65 PD-69 OM—134

Andrew Grayson, Medina, Ohio & Liam Purslowe, Australia 65 PD-69 OM—134

Matt Parziale, Brockton, Mass. & Herbie Aikens, Kingston, Mass. 69 OM-65 PD—134

Ralph Blasey, Bethesda, Md. & Alex Nianouris, Raleigh, N.C. 62 PD-72 OM—134

Devon Hopkins, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. & Matt Kleinrock, Jacksonville, Fla. 66 PD-68 OM—134

Brandon Cigna, Arlington, Va. & Ben Warnquist, Olney, Md. 66 OM-68 PD—134

Jonas Mikals, Truckee, Calif. & Dustin Hall, Sparks, Nev. 64 OM-70 PD—134

(Will compete in 7-for-4 playoff on Monday at 7 a.m. PDT to complete match-play bracket, Old Macdonald Course)

Sam Tidd, Meridian, Idaho & Carson Barry, Eagle, Idaho 65 PD-70 OM—135

Patrick Knott, Bryn Mawr, Pa. & Chris Rockwell, Baltimore, Md. 67 OM-68 PD—135

Andrew Noto, Metairie, La. & James Fuselier, New Orleans, La. 67 PD-68 OM—135

M. Tyler McKeever, Atlanta, Ga. & Steven Groover, Birmingham, Ala. 70 OM-65 PD—135

Trent Peterson, St. Paul, Minn. & Troy Johnson, Maple Grove, Minn. 69 OM-66 PD—135

Maxwell Scodro, Chicago, Ill. & Charles Waddell, Chicago, Ill. 67 OM-68 PD—135

Eric Pattenaude, Canada & Adam Graham, Canada 67 PD-68 OM—135

(Failed to Qualify)

Drew Lilly, St. Louis, Mo. & Omar Rehmatulla, Houston, Texas 64 PD-72 OM—136

Connor Schmidt, Venetia, Pa. & Alexander Butler, Philadelphia, Pa. 67 PD-69 OM—136

Ben Garrett, Seattle, Wash. & Erik Hanson, Kirkland, Wash. 70 OM-66 PD—136

Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, N.J. & Matt Carter, Easley, S.C. 65 PD-71 OM—136

Michael Martin, Scottsdale, Ariz. & Danny Amundson, Sioux Falls, S.D. 70 OM-66 PD—136

Kory Bowman, Springfield, Mo. & Jason Schultz, Allen, Texas 67 PD-69 OM—136

Kevin Rei, Bandon, Ore. & Kyle Crawford, North Bend, Ore. 71 OM-65 PD—136

Benjamin Day, North Haven, Conn. & Daniel Day, Seneca, S.C. 68 PD-68 OM—136

Kevin Van Rossum, Hartland, Wis. & Ben Shafer, Brookfield, Wis. 68 PD-68 OM—136

Michael R. Brown, Maple Shade, N.J. & Peter Barron III, Mays Landing, N.J. 67 OM-69 PD—136

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Bryce Wortman, Creswell, Ore. & Sean Yu, Chinese Taipei 69 PD-67 OM—136

Art Lynch, Boise, Idaho & Joe Panzeri, Boise, Idaho 71 PD-66 OM—137

Jeff Koprivetz, San Diego, Calif. & Pete Williams, San Diego, Calif. 68 OM-69 PD—137

Kyle Kinnane, Anaheim Hills, Calif. & Matthew Carungay, La Mirada, Calif. 69 PD-68 OM—137

Riley Pumphrey, Austin, Texas & Ben Klaus, Oklahoma City, Okla. 69 OM-68 PD—137

Danny Wax, Marina del Rey, Calif. & Daniel Licursi, Chandler, Ariz. 71 OM-66 PD—137

Jack Wallace, Beverly, N.J. & Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia, Pa. 71 OM-66 PD—137

Kyle Roy, Tampa, Fla. & Connor Salanger, Camillus, N.Y. 67 PD-70 OM—137

Robert Crockett II, Louisville, Ky. & Andy Roberts, Owensboro, Ky. 64 PD-73 OM—137

Michael Christensen, Minneapolis, Minn. & Brad Clark, Chapel Hill, N.C. 69 PD-68 OM—137

Kevin Huff, El Dorado Hills, Calif. & Austin Fox, Folsom, Calif. 66 PD-71 OM—137

Jordan Woolf, Fort Worth, Texas & Jace Moore, Keller, Texas 66 OM-71 PD—137

Alex Kephart, Colorado Springs, Colo. & Kurtis Lucas, Colorado Springs, Colo. 65 OM-72 PD—137

Robbie Ziegler, Portland, Ore. & Trevor Harding, Portland, Ore. 70 PD-68 OM—138

Andy Shiels, Charleston, S.C. & Amory Davis, Nashville, Tenn. 68 OM-70 PD—138

Nicholas Carbary, Kalamazoo, Mich. & Billy Nelson, Kalamazoo, Mich. 67 PD-71 OM—138

Nick Branchina, Summit, N.J. & Will Rosenfield, Baltimore, Md. 69 PD-69 OM—138

David Morgan, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. & Justin Smith, St. Paul, Minn. 68 OM-70 PD—138

Justin Arcano, Wailuku, Hawaii & Justin Ngan, Wailuku, Hawaii 69 PD-69 OM—138

Kasey Denesevich, Lauderhill, Fla. & T.J. Shuart, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 71 PD-67 OM—138

Jeremy Wall, Brielle, N.J. & Ethan Wall, Brielle, N.J. 69 PD-69 OM—138

Rob Laird, Tulsa, Okla. & Mark Johnson, Tulsa, Okla. 71 OM-67 PD—138

Sully Zagerman, Windermere, Fla. & Brian Dolehide, Boca Raton, Fla. 68 PD-70 OM—138

Toby Zeringue, Katy, Texas & Shawn Stoute, Katy, Texas 66 OM-73 PD—139

James Gehrke, Albuquerque, N.M. & Ethan Fine, Denver, Colo. 70 PD-69 OM—139

Jud Langille, Ossining, N.Y. & Jimin Jung, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. 69 OM-70 PD—139

William Peel IV, Potomac, Md. & Colin St. Maxens, Washington, D.C. 70 OM-69 PD—139

Drew Powell, Bangor, Maine & Chuck Isgar, Los Angeles, Calif. 71 OM-68 PD—139

Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa & Michael McCoy, Norwalk, Iowa 70 PD-69 OM—139

Samuel C. Sikes, Richmond, Va. & Sam Beach, Midlothian, Va. 68 PD-71 OM—139

Michael Sims, Lexington, S.C. & Matt Hendrix, Greenville, S.C. 70 OM-69 PD—139

Tyler Gulliksen, Daytona Beach, Fla. & Jack Townsend, San Diego, Calif. 68 PD-71 OM—139

Austin Spicer, Portland, Ore. & Brodie Jordan, Sherwood, Ore. 72 PD-67 OM—139

Bob Royak, Alpharetta, Ga. & Doug Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. 68 PD-71 OM—139

Scott Shingler, Haymarket, Va. & Justin Young, Salem, Va. 71 OM-68 PD—139

Kyle Danford, Timnath, Colo. & David Johnson, Fort Collins, Colo. 70 OM-70 PD—140

Tim Murphy, Fairfield, Conn. & Daniel Murphy, Fairfield, Conn. 71 PD-69 OM—140

Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C. & Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. 71 OM-69 PD—140

Cougar Collins, Canada & Ty Celone, Canada 71 PD-69 OM—140

Shawn Baker, Rochester, N.Y. & James Scorse, Churchville, N.Y. 73 OM-67 PD—140

Jeff Bell, Overland Park, Kan. & Elliot Soyez, Goddard, Kan. 73 OM-67 PD—140

Clark Collier, Dallas, Texas & Kyle Hudelson, Oklahoma City, Okla. 72 OM-68 PD—140

Butler Melnyk, St. Simons Island, Ga. & Richard Scott, St. Simons Island, Ga. 70 PD-71 OM—141

Travis Peterson, Santa Rosa, Calif. & Ian Albrecht, Sonoma, Calif. 71 PD-70 OM—141

Andrew Rice, Baltimore, Md. & Josh Notes, Columbia, Md. 68 OM-73 PD—141

Michael Anderson, Baton Rouge, La. & Max Sellers, Baton Rouge, La. 72 PD-69 OM—141

Mark Farley, Langhorne, Pa. & Connor McNicholas, Ambler, Pa. 74 PD-67 OM—141

Mark Scheibach, La Quinta, Calif. & Tyler Crawford, Indio, Calif. 72 PD-69 OM—141

Greg Carlin, Denver, Colo. & Wilson Belk, Denver, Colo. 73 OM-68 PD—141

Matthew Hopper, Greenville, S.C. & Richard Oref, Charleston, S.C. 71 OM-70 PD—141

Craig Roth, Bellingham, Wash. & Cody Roth, Bellingham, Wash. 70 OM-72 PD—142

Jeffrey Long, Ashburn, Va. & Michael Brennan, Leesburg, Va. 66 PD-76 OM—142

Travis Milleman, Portland, Ore. & Ted Gray, Phoenix, Ariz. 74 OM-68 PD—142

Nathan Colson, Mequon, Wis. & Jason Gaare, Mequon, Wis. 70 PD-72 OM—142

Blake Hartford, Spring, Texas & Lucas McCubbin, Midland, Texas 70 PD-72 OM—142

Brandon Berry, La Grange, Ky. & Trey Bowling, Manchester, Ky. 69 OM-73 PD—142

Kyle Puzzo, Ludlow, Mass. & Jacob Zaranek, South Deerfield, Mass. 72 PD-70 OM—142

Christopher Shaw, Roswell, Ga. & Michael Pearson, Atlanta, Ga. 70 OM-72 PD—142

James Cimini, Pittsfield, Mass. & Joshua Shepard, Pittsfield, Mass. 73 OM-70 PD—143

David Brock, Mequon, Wis. & Brian Thiet, Shorewood, Wis. 75 OM-68 PD—143

Stewart Whitt, Athens, Ala. & Wes Williams, Kingston Springs, Tenn. 71 PD-72 OM—143

Mike Stackus, Zachary, La. & Vance Welch, Fulton, Md. 74 OM-69 PD—143

Nicholas Bonema, Troy, Mich. & Michael Busse, Rochester Hills, Mich. 69 OM-74 PD—143

Bart Worthing, Weston Lakes, Texas & John Hunter, The Woodlands, Texas 70 OM-73 PD—143

Jordan Kaplan, Plainview, N.Y. & Steve Tarulli, Rockville Centre, N.Y. 77 OM-66 PD—143

Kyle Ritchie, Garden City, N.Y. & Jonathan Farber, Plainview, N.Y. 73 OM-70 PD—143

Matt Epperson, Lexington, Ky. & Denver Haddix, Lexington, Ky. 68 PD-75 OM—143

Kenneth Hudson, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. & Alex Zeoli, Royal Oak, Mich. 75 PD-69 OM—144

Keith Guest, Athens, Ga. & Don Carpenter, Athens, Ga. 71 OM-73 PD—144

Bruno Buccolo, Edmond, Okla. & Seth Frye, Edmond, Okla. 72 PD-73 OM—145

Kevin Carden, Hoover, Ala. & John Randall, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 72 PD-73 OM—145

Jason Edgeworth, Houston, Texas & Joshua Gibbons, Houston, Texas 72 PD-73 OM—145

Larry Watts, Springfield, Ore. & Nicholas Watts, Springfield, Ore. 74 PD-72 OM—146

Blair Webb, Indianapolis, Ind. & Mac Fiely, Whitestown, Ind. 71 OM-75 PD—146

Aaron Jackson, Tuscumbia, Ala. & Austin Sparks, Golden, Miss. 74 OM-72 PD—146

William Gantz, Perry, Kan. & Tyler Cummins, Lawrence, Kan. 73 OM-73 PD—146

Ryan Pelletier, Mansfield, Mass. & Michael Philipp, Mansfield, Mass. 77 PD-70 OM—147

Eric Rustand, Tucson, Ariz. & Clark Rustand, Tucson, Ariz. 75 PD-72 OM—147

Scott Thomas, Chandler, Ariz. & Tony Vincelli, Rosemount, Minn. 75 OM-72 PD—147

Matthew Mancini, Douglassville, Pa. & Zachary Falone, Mickleton, N.J. 73 OM-76 PD—149

Sam Migdal, St. Louis, Mo. & Brady Dixon, Mounds, Ill. 71 PD-78 OM—149

Matthew Meyer, Pelham, N.Y. & Dave Staudinger, Rye, N.Y. 77 OM-74 PD—151

Mark Modglin, Simi Valley, Calif. & Doug Miller, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 78 OM-77 PD—155

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