December 8, 2014
A pair of Wildcats are headed to next year’s inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Alistair Docherty and Lee Gearhart, both juniors at Chico State, teamed up to earn medalist honors at Monday’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship qualifier at par-71 Del Paso Country Club, posting an 18-hole score of 8-under 63. Two other teams moved on to the championship as well in what turned out to be a thriller.
Docherty and Gearhart were unflappable, penciling in eight birdies and 10 pars over their round. The two had a 5-under 31 on the front-nine and a 3-under 32 on the back-nine.
Finishing in second place and also advancing was the team of Scott Colby and Gary Deblaquiere. The two, who both hail from Granite Bay, shot a 64 that included eight birdies, nine pars and just one bogey. It was on Del Paso’s front-nine that the two made their move, posting a 5-under 36 that featured four straight birdies from holes No.6 through No.9.
Colby formerly played at LeTourneau University in Texas, while Deblaquiere finished second at the 2013 NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship playing with partner Jon Peterson.
Determining the third and final automatic team to advance became a test of attrition. Both the team of Drew Olson and David Reneker and squad of Gary Dunn and Peterson went to a playoff after finishing regulation tied (along with the team of Kyle Gentry and Kevin Kobalter) at 65.
In what became a duel into dusk, the Olson/Reneker and Dunn/Peterson teams went four holes before Olson and Reneker secured the third and final spot.
The Dunn/Peterson team will be the first alternate.
Gentry and Kobalter were unable to get through the first hole of the three-team playoff and will be the second alternate.
The 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be held May 2-6 at The Olympic Club.