Northern California continued its recent hot streak of seeing players from the region winning national titles. Andrew Buchanan, a member at Los Altos G&CC, won the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Benjamin Baxter.
Ahmed and Hussain Ali of Palo Alto were a bit nervous competing at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, but for good reason. Ahmed was the youngest player in the field. Both were making their USGA debuts.
A regular on the NCGA Senior Amateur Tour, Jim Williams is playing in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship with his son Scott. Williams was on the USGA Executive Committee when the event was proposed.
Stanford sophomore Maverick McNealy will enter the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Olympic Club towing a record-setting performance at the Pac-12 Championship. His Four-Ball partner will be Cardinal teammate Virhat Badhwar.
Casey Boyns, Randy Haag and a host of other big names will be at Poppy Hills for Monday’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifier. Only a few teams will advance to next year’s championship at Olympic Club.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links may not be so missed after all. Nearly 5,000 players have signed up for the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, to be held at Olympic Club. Poppy Hills is one of the qualifying sites.