Florida Represented Well at U.S. Four-Balls
U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball
Out of the twelve women teeing it up this weekend, half of them will be relying on a Florida teammate, while the other half have found their partner from out of state. This first pair of Floridians are no stranger to each other on the golf
course, University of West Florida teammates Lauren Lamm, of Lakewood
Ranch, and Hannah Berman, of Ponte Vedra Beach, carded a 65 in their
qualifying round to capture medalist honors and punch their tickets to
their first U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Regrettably, Lamm has to undergo foot surgery, forcing her to miss the championship, but Berman will still head to Myrtle Beach to represent her team solo. Diane Lang, of Weston, and Therese Quinn, of Jacksonville, (pictured right) are not only great friends, but consistent four-ball partners in state competitions, finishing in the top five at the International Four-Ball and top ten in the Florida Women's Four-Ball. Partners Izzy Pellot, of Apopka, and Chloe Schiavone, of Jacksonville, may only have a combined team age of 27, but are ready to pack a big punch at their first USGA Championship.
Four-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion, Meghan Stasi, will play alongside good friend, the only native South Carolinian in the field, and three-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur medalist Dawn Woodard. Florida's 2015 Women's Player of the Year, Tara Joy-Connelly, of Palm Beach Gardens, will compete with Georgetown's Jacquelyn Eleey, of Quincy, MA. Also a Georgetown Hoya, Alexa Popowitz, of Boca Raton, will compete with teammate Christina Parsells, of Bernardsville, NJ. Standout junior player Kendall Griffin will tee it up with soon-to-be Louisiana State University teammate, Kathleen Gallagher of Greenwood, MS. Texas Christian University's Emmy Martin, of Odessa, will compete with teammate Kelly McGovern, of The Woodlands, TX. Amelia Root, of Jacksonville, will partner up with 14-15 Drive, Chip and Putt champion, Savannah Grewal, of Canada. Finally, our 2017 Women's Four-Ball Champions, Elle Nachman and Dana Williams, will team up this weekend to take on the best four-ball teams in the country.
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Six sides, made up of eleven Florida residents will arrive in Pinehurst vying for a chance to capture the 3rd U.S. Four-Ball Championship this week. Chip Brooke, of Bartow, and Marc Dull, of Winter Haven, earned co-medalist honors at the Ocala qualifier. Brooke captured the 2016 FSGA Mid-Amateur Championship and Dull was the runner-up in the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Also qualifying in Ocala was the father and son duo of Mike Riley, of Panama City, and Michael Riley Jr, of Tampa. The two have both seen success individually as well as together in numerous FSGA Championships over the past decade.
Matt Anderson, of Tampa, and Scott Kennedy, of Plantation, earned medalist honors at the Naples qualifying site. Chirs Black, of Fort Myers, qualified in Wales, WI with partner Brett Damrow, of Sheboygan, WI.
The Vero Beach qualifier was dominated by junior golfers. Sachin Kumar and Fletcher Wunderlich, both of Port Saint Lucie, earned medalist honors while Fred Biondi and Daisuke Nakano, of Port Saint Lucie, grabbed the second qualifying spot. The four juniors all attend Club Med Academy in Port Saint Lucie. Kumar has earned numerous Florida Junior Tour victories and captured the 2014 Junior Match Play Championship while BIondi was the 2016 FSGA Boys' Junior Champion and Junior Player of the Year.