March 9, 2015
The final U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship qualifier to be held in Northern California went to a squad from Southern California.
Satchel Herrmann and partner Daniel Ragsdale, both players out of Southern California, earned a spot in the upcoming U.S. Amateur Four-Ball by firing a medalist-earning 7-under 63 in a qualifier held Monday at par-70 Pasatiempo GC in Santa Cruz.
Also earning automatic spots in the championship, to be held May 2-6 at The Olympic Club, were the tandem of Pleasanton residents Ahmed and Hussain Ali and the tandem of Stanford teammates Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, who both came in with 65’s.
Hermann and Ragsdale were solid all day, posting a 4-under 31 on their front-nine and a 3-under 32 on the back. Overall, the duo carded eight birdies with just one bogey.
Ragsdale competed in the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. At the Sectional qualifier for that event, he arrived at the course 20 minutes before his tee time due to traffic. When he looked in the trunk of his car, he realized he did not have his golf clubs – they were in another car. So he ran to the pro shop and grabbed a set of clubs that had seven different models. He bought shoes, balls and a glove and made his tee time with two minutes to spare.
The Ali’s went bogey-free on their round, carding five birdies. McNealy and Badhwar, who were the early leaders in the clubhouse, had seven birdies and two bogeys. McNealy advanced through Sectional qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Open while playing at Lake Merced GC.
First alternate went to the tandem of Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods. In 2013, Gilchrist and Woods paired up to win the NCGA Master Division Four-Ball title.
The Second alternate spot came down to a playoff between five squads that all came in at 67. The tandem of Andrew Biggadike and Stan Morrison prevailed, earning the spot.
At the other two U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifiers in Northern California (Del Paso CC and Poppy Hills GC), the qualifying scores were 63, 64 and 65.