Two Sides Qualify for 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship
TUALATIN, ORE. – The sides of JC Riter and Blake Seabaugh (Portland/Tigard, Ore.) and Chris and Jack Dukeminier (Portland/Beaverton, Ore.) both qualified for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, after qualifying was held Monday, Sept. 25th at Tualatin Country Club in Tualatin, Ore.
Two qualifying spots for next year’s championship were up for grabs on Monday.
The team of Riter and Seabaugh earned medalist honors, firing an 8-under par 64 to finish in the top qualifying spot. The duo didn’t record a birdie until the par-4 fourth hole, but finished on a tear – compiling more birdies (8) than pars (7) on the remaining 15 holes. They solidified their qualifying spot by birdieing the final two holes.
The Dukeminier brothers earned the second and final qualifying spot with a strong back nine, firing a 7-under par 65 total and a 4-under par 31 on the back side. Birdies on the 16th and 17th holes put them one shot ahead of the rest of the field, which was bunched up competing for the second qualifying spot.
Seven different teams finished one shot back of the final qualifying berth at 6-under par, with the teams participating in a playoff to see who earned first- and second-alternate positions. The side of Ian Dahl and Jordan Burns (Longview, Wash.) are first alternates, while the team of Tom Greller and Matt Hartley (Newberg, Ore./Vancouver, Wash.) are second alternates.
The 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will take place May 19-23, 2018 at the Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Fla.