December 5, 2018
Former Junior Tour of Northern California member Derek Ackerman and partner Matthew McCarty are headed to the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
The duo. who are teammates at Santa Clara, shot a medalist-earning 8-under 63 in an 18-hole qualifier held Wednesday at par-71 Poppy Hills GC. Ackerman and McCarty posted eight birdies with no bogeys.
Four teams tied for second place–and the other automatic spot–at 65. Aidan Tran and partner Jackson Lake earned the second spot when Tran, a 14-year-old freshman at Clovis North, knocked his tee shot on the par-3 11th hole–a 7-iron from 175 yards out–to within a foot of the flagstick for an easy birdie. The playoff ended in darkness at around 5:17 p.m.
The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be held May 25-29 at Bandon Dunes.