May 21, 2018
NorCal’s Bucey, Viboch Medalists at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
For the last 3½ years, Northern Californians Bobby Bucey and Brett Viboch have found a perfect chemistry as four-ball partners. Two years ago, they qualified for the 2nd U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club and missed the match-play cut by a stroke. That same year, they broke a 51-year scoring record in winning the 54-hole NCGA Four-Ball Championship at Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach with a 21-under total of 195.
On Sunday, Bucey, 29, of Concord, and Viboch, 34, of Moraga, added another notch in their growing portfolio by earning medalist honors in the 4th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The two California State University at Chico graduates carded a 7-under 63 on the Village Course for a 36-hole score of 11-under 129 to edge Illinois State University teammates Zach Burry and Trent Wallace by a stroke.
“Bobby was a stallion today,” said Viboch. “It was very one-sided out there as far as getting the ball in the hole. I rode him.”
Bucey, the 2014 NCGA Stroke Play and 2017 NCGA Mid-Amateur champion, converted all five of the side’s birdies on the outward nine, including four in a row from No. 6. He drove the 282-yard sixth with a hybrid and two-putted, the last coming from 6 feet, and he followed with a gap-wedge approach to 14 feet on No. 7. His 9-iron second to the par-4 eighth spun off a ridge to a foot for a tap-in birdie and he closed the first nine with a 30-footer on the 160-yard par-3.
“Honestly, I wasn’t thinking about where we were score-wise,” said Bucey. “I was just kind of in a zone for those four holes. Saw my target, saw the fairway and just swung it.”