Branton-Hosick team reaches U.S. Amateur Four Ball match play rounds
Chad Branton of Cartersville and Kyle Hosick of Calhoun qualified for the match play portion of the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship by firing rounds of 65 and 69 Saturday and Sunday at The Home Course in DuPont, Washington and Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.
The duo advances to the Round of 32 and will open match play Monday against opponents to be determined following a Monday morning playoff.
There were eleven sides tied for the final six match play spots after 36 holes of stroke play. The eleven teams will tee it up Monday morning in a playoff before the seeding for match play is finalized.
The second round and quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday with the semifinals and championship match set for Wednesday. All match play rounds will be played at the 7,475-yard, par 72, Chambers Bay course that previously hosted the 2015 U.S. Open and the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
Cartersville’s Buck Brumlow and Harrison Davis of Fort Payne, Alabama also qualified for the 128-team field, but failed to advance to match play. Brumlow, who recently won the GHSA Class 5A individual title and is a University of Georgia signee, along with his Mississippi State playing partner, finished tied for 39th in the stroke play portion with rounds of 69 at The Home Course and 67 at Chambers Bay.
At the Georgia State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship, Chase Jones of Cartersville shot rounds of 75 and 70 on Friday and Saturday to make the 36-hole cut and move into a tie for 23rd place before stumbling to a 53rd place finish in Sunday's final round.
The 2021 Mid-Am was hosted by the par-70, 6,488-yard Country Club of Columbus and had a starting field of 144 players — all 25+ in age — who qualified at eight different sites earlier in the year. The field was cut to the low 70 scores and ties for Sunday’s final round. Jones, a former Georgia Southern University golfer, started slowly and slipped to an 80 Sunday.
Bob Royak of Apharetta defeated Taylor Smith of Brookhaven on the first playoff hole to win the 2021 title. Royak and Smith finished regulation in the 54-hole event at 5-under-par, 205. Kyle Scott of Decatur, Stephen Behr of Atlanta, and Kennesaw’s Christian Raynor were three shots back and tied for third at 208.