7th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball: Inside the Field

By Jonathan Coe, USGA

| May 10, 2022 | BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

7th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball: Inside the Field

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WHO’S HERE – Among the 128 sides and 256 golfers in the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship field, there are:

Oldest Competitors: John Sajevic (66, born 5/3/1956), Brad Wayment (56, born 7/13/1965), Kevin Vandenberg (55, born 6/8/1966)

Youngest Competitors: Bowen Ballis (15, born 7/12/2006), Bradley Sawka (16, born 5/31/2005), Reed Greyserman (16, born 6/5/2005), Daniel Zou (16, born 1/23/2006)

Average Age of Field: 32.56

Field breakdown by age:
15-20: 31 competitors
21-25: 39 competitors
26-30: 34 competitors
31-35: 51 competitors
36-40: 52 competitors
41-60: 50 competitors

Oldest Teams (combined ages): Kory Bowman (51) & Jason Schultz (49); John Sajevic (66) & Andrew Sajevic (31); Todd White (54) & Nathan Smith (43); Joe Mahurin (51) & Brian Spacey (46)

Youngest Teams: Bowen Ballis (15) & Daniel Zou (16); Aaron Pounds (17) & Jack Usner (17); Ward Harris (17) & Jackson Mitchell (17); Charlie Palmer (17) & Inigo Izuzquiza (17); Reed Greyserman (16) & Dean Greyserman (18)

Largest Age Difference (team members): 35, John Sajevic (66) & Andrew Sajevic (31); 32, Brad Wayment (56) & Cooper Wayment (24)

U.S. States Represented – There are 42 states, plus the District of Columbia, represented in the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball field: Texas (23), California (22), Illinois (12), Florida (11), Massachusetts (11), North Carolina (10), Maryland (9), Pennsylvania (9), South Carolina (9), Colorado (8), Indiana (8), Arizona (7), Georgia (7), Iowa (7), Tennessee (7), Connecticut (6), New York (6), Virginia (6), Alabama (5), Kentucky (5), New Jersey (5), Michigan (4), Minnesota (4), Ohio (4), Louisiana (3), Mississippi (3), Nevada (3), New Mexico (3), Oregon (3), Utah (3), Washington (3), Wisconsin (3), Arkansas (2), Nebraska (2), New Hampshire (2), Oklahoma (2), South Dakota (2), West Virginia (2), Missouri (1), North Dakota (1), Rhode Island (1), Vermont (1), and Washington, D.C. (1).

International – There are nine countries represented in the field: United States (246), Canada (3), Mexico (2), Argentina (1), Australia (1), England (1), Japan (1) and Sweden (1).

USGA Champions (4): Scott Harvey (2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur, 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Todd Mitchell (2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Nathan Smith (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur; 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Todd White (2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball)

USGA Runners-Up (9): Chip Brooke (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Evan Beck (2008 U.S. Junior Amateur), Brandon Cigna (2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Kenny Cook (2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Joseph Deraney (2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Marc Dull (2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur, 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Scott Harvey (2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Drew Kittleson (2008 U.S. Amateur), Todd Mitchell (2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Ben Warnquist (2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball)

Players who currently reside in Alabama: (5): Ty Cole, Steven Groover, Clay Guerin, Ward Harris, Jackson Mitchell

Brothers in the field: Sam & Will Bernstein, Trey & Tyler Diehl, Dean & Reed Greyserman, Daniel & Timothy Murphy, Evan & Travis Russell, Jay & Woody Woodward

Most U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Appearances (2022 included): Scott Harvey (7), Todd Mitchell (7), Nathan Smith (7), Todd White (7), Brandon Cigma (6), Ben Warnquist (6), Marc Dull (5), Taylor Wood (5), Justin Arcano (4), Derek Busby (4), Jeffery Castle (4), Clark Collier (4), Kenny Cook (4), Sean Rowen (4)

College Teammates (Current, Former or Future, 37 sides):
Ty Gingerich/Cole Harris (Cincinnati)
Kevin Huff/Michael Cliff (Fresno State)
Joshua Davenport/Gerry Jones Jr. (Hillsdale)
Blas Ayesa/Juan Diego Sanchez (Holy Names University)
Jared Wilson/Chris Vandette (Kent State)
Ryan Tall/Kazuki Osawa (Lafayette)
Greg Turcotte/Matthew Martin (Transylvania University)
Ryan Trasamar/Charlie Jacobson (South Dakota State)
Tyler Anderson/Devin Johnson (Loyola-Chicago)
Trey Diehl/Tyler Diehl (New Mexico State)
Federico Gutierrez/Liam Gill (Seattle)
Cameron Mobley/Kristofer Kerr (Southeastern Louisiana)
Johnny Bush/Blake McGovern (UC Santa Barbara)
Max O’Rourke/Sean Niles (Wayne State)
Cameron Huss/Ryan Smith (Wisconsin)
Steven Groover/M. Tyler McKeever (Auburn)
Danny Menton/John Hafdal (Bemidji State)
Charles Warren/Brent Delahoussaye (Clemson)
John Angelo/Marcus Carano (College of Wooster)
Will Strickler/Tim Mckenney (Florida)
Joshua Manske/Aaron Ahrendsen (Grand View)
Justin Kaplan/A.J. Ferries (Houston)
Skylar Le Vine/Ben Johnson (Illinois Wesleyan)
Timothy Driver/Joe Scheffres (James Madison)
Christian Vozza/Matthew McLaughlin (Michigan)
Payne Denman/Brett Patterson (Middle Tennessee State)
Steve Colnitis/Steve Ratay (Notre Dame)
Robbie Ziegler/Zach Foushee (Oregon)
Patrick O’Leary/Ben Cooley (Penn)
Domingo Jojola/Jesse Galvon (San Francisco)
Jeffrey Castle/William Wingerd (Towson)
Davis Womble/Chad Wilfong (Wake Forest)
Andrew Sullivan/Davis Woodliff (Samford)
Sam Bernstein/Will Bernstein (Yale)
Ben Carpenter/Robert You (Yale)
Zach Kingsland/William Sides (SMU)
Jack Usner/Aaron Pounds (Texas A&M)

Sides Who Played in 2021 Amateur Four-Ball (18): Todd Albert/Kevin Liberto; Tyler Anderson/Devin Johnson; John Angelo/Marcus Carano; Sam Bernstein/Will Bernstein; Tyler Bishop/Ryan Burke; Kory Bowman/Jason Schultz; Chad Branton/Kyle Hosick; Chip Brooke/Marc Dull; Mike Calef/Nicholas Maccario; Brandon Cigna/Ben Warnquist; Kenny Cook/Sean Rowen; Will Davenport/Mike Smith; John Dimler/Zach Fischl; Kevin Gately/Sam Jenkins; Steven Groover/M. Tyler McKeever; Scott Harvey/Todd Mitchell; Carter Loflin/Wells Williams; Andrew Medley/Taylor Wood

Played in 2021 U.S. Senior Open (1): Todd White

Played in 2021 U.S. Amateur (10): Bradley Bastion, Dennis Bull, Francis Catalano, Michael Cliff, Liam Gill, Reed Greyserman, Sean Niles, Garrett Rank, Todd White, Robbie Ziegler

Played in 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur (20): Frank Alafoginis, Forbes Collins II, Joseph Deraney, Timothy Driver, Marc Dull, Blanton Farmer, Aaron Ingalls, Domingo Jojola, Drew Kittleson, Nicholas Maccario, Andrew Price, Toby Ragland, Andrew Sajevic, Jason Schultz, Chadd Slutzky, Nathan Smith, Dan Walters, Chad Wilfong, Charles Winegardner, Davis Womble

Played in 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur (3): John Sajevic, Kevin Vandenberg, Brad Wayment

Played in 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur (6): Dean Greyserman, Ward Harris, Joseph Lenane, Carter Loflin, Aaron Pounds, William Sides

Past Walker Cup Players (3): Scott Harvey (2015), Nathan Smith (2009, 2011, 2013), Todd White (2013)

Notes on Select Sides:

Chip Brooke, 46, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., & Marc Dull, 36, of Lakeland, Fla., have competed in three U.S. Amateur Four-Balls, finishing as runners-up in 2018 and advancing to the semifinals in 2017. Brooke, a salesman for a pallet company who won the 2016 Florida Mid-Amateur, is a former caddie at Bandon Dunes and Streamsong (Fla.) Resort, sites that have hosted previous USGA Four-Ball Championships. Brooke has played in six USGA events. Dull, who owns a lawn service company and caddies at Streamsong, was the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up to Sammy Schmitz. A veteran of 10 USGA championships, Dull is the great grandson of two-time U.S. Senior Amateur champion Dexter Daniels.

Brandon Cigna, 36, of Arlington, Va., & Ben Warnquist, 29, of Gaithersburg, Md., have competed in five consecutive U.S. Amateur Four-Balls. They were the runners-up to Benjamin Baxter and Andrew Buchanan in 2016 at Winged Foot Golf Club and have advanced to the Round of 16 on two other occasions. Cigna, who works in wealth management, reached the Round of 32 in the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links. Warnquist, an insurance agent, has played in 12 USGA championships. He was the stroke-play medalist and made the Round of 32 in the 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Colorado Golf Club.

Scott Harvey, 43, of Greensboro, N.C., & Todd Mitchell, 43, of Bloomington, Ill., claimed the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. They are one of two sides (Nathan Smith and Todd White) to compete in all six previous U.S. Amateur Four-Balls. The duo advanced to the semifinals in 2015 and quarterfinals in 2017. Harvey, a property manager who has competed in 33 USGA championships, won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur and was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team. Mitchell, the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up, has played in 29 USGA events. Mitchell, who works in the insurance business, played shortstop at Illinois State and was chosen in the 14th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees and played briefly in club’s minor-league system.

Nathan Smith, 43, of Pittsburgh, Pa., & Todd White, 54, of Spartanburg, S.C., won the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship in 2015 with a 7-and-5 triumph in the final at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, site of the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open and five U.S. Opens. The duo also reached the quarterfinals in 2017 at Pinehurst No. 2. Their partnership was forged at the 2013 Walker Cup, where they helped the USA retain the Cup at National Golf Links of America. They are one of two sides to have played in all six previous Amateur Four-Balls (with Scott Harvey and Todd Mitchell). Smith owns a record four U.S. Mid-Amateur titles (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012). An investment advisor, Smith has competed in 46 USGA championships. He will serve as the 2025 Walker Cup captain at Cypress Point Club. White, a high school history teacher, has played in 28 USGA championships, including the 1995 U.S. Open and the 2021 U.S. Senior Open, where he made the cut. The reinstated amateur advanced to the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinals and reached the quarterfinals in 2014 and 2015.

Andrew Sajevic, 31, of Omaha, Neb. & John Sajevic, 66, of Fremont, Neb., are playing in their third U.S. Amateur Four-Ball as a father-son tandem. Andrew, a banker who played collegiately at the University of Virginia, is a three-time Nebraska State Amateur champion and has competed in eight USGA championships, including three U.S. Amateurs. John, who works in automotive sales, has played in 12 USGA championships, including the 1996 U.S. Amateur. The Sajevics qualified for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at The Olympic Club.

Michael Mottola, 33, of Andover, Mass. & Daniel Koerner, 38, of Pepperell, Mass. were teammates on the St. Anselm College golf team and are playing as a side for the first time. In 2014, Mottola was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma and battled for his life after a grim diagnosis. He underwent stem cell surgery a year later and credits his rehab and recovery to golf. Mottola, a former commercial lender, also coaches juniors at Atkinson (N.H.) Country Club. Koerner is a lefthander who plays out of Merrimack Valley Golf Club and won 2017 North Shore Amateur.

Sam Bernstein, 30, of New York, N.Y. & Will Bernstein, 26, of New York, N.Y., are playing in their second U.S. Amateur Four-Ball as a brother tandem. Sam, the chief operating officer at Chelsea Piers Fitness, has competed in seven USGA championships, including two U.S. Amateurs and the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Sam is currently completing his final year of Harvard Business School and will graduate later this month. Will, a three-time New York State high school champion and two-time All-Ivy League selection at Yale, advanced to match play in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp Club.

Blake Humbles, 41, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. & Connor Reis, 19, of Claremont, Calif.
Humbles, who played two seasons at the University of Nebraska, competed in the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. He also played in the 2013 California Amateur, 2014 SCGA Mid-Amateur, and two SCGA Amateur Championships. Humbles has worked for nine years as a firefighter for the City of Ontario and is tasked with driving the ladder truck during emergency calls. Reis is a freshman on the Saint Mary’s College golf team.

Domingo Jojola, 35, of Albuquerque, N.M. & Jesse Galvon, 34, of Alberta, Canada, are former teammates at the University of San Francisco. Jojola, a left-hander who was a four-time All-West Coast Conference golfer, has competed in three USGA championships, including the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with Galvon. Jojola caddied for Lydia Ko in her victory at the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club, where he was a longtime Junior Merit member. Galvon, a two-time Calgary Golf Association Player of the Year, runs his own company, G-Tech Apparel, that specializes in heated athletic clothing. He nearly lost his leg during a freak golf cart accident during inclement weather at Jojola’s wedding in California in 2016 and has battled through numerous hours of rehab to get himself ready for this year’s championship.

Terrence Miskell, 54, of New Braunfels, Texas & Casey Carnes, 40, of San Antonio, Texas

Miskell has played in 22 USGA championships, including five U.S. Amateur. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and was the 1990 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship runner-up. Miskell, an All-American at the University of Southern California and the NCAA runner-up after transferring to Fresno State, won the 1986 California Amateur and 1990 Pacific Coast Amateur. He is a three-time Texas Golf Association Player of the Year. Carnes, who played at Texas State in San Marcos, qualified for the the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Anthony Sorentino, 44, of Rochester Hills, Mich. & Bradley Bastion, 37, of Shelby Township, Mich.
Sorentino qualified for the 2016 U.S. Amateur and 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur. He is a three-time Michigan Mid-Amateur champion. Sorentino was a finalist on the first season of Golf Channel’s “Big Break.” He is currently the assistant prosecuting attorney in Macomb County, Mich. A veteran of seven USGA championships, including three U.S. Amateurs, Bastion works as a financial advisor for Comerica Bank.

Andrew Sovero, 27, of Catonsville, Md., & Kevin Grady, 34, of Catonsville, Md., are both playing in their first USGA championship. They qualified for the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Sovero was a collegiate swimmer at the University of Arizona, earning a Pacific-12 Conference title in the 200-medley relay. He also qualified for the 2016 USA Olympic trials. He currently serves as the swimming and diving coach at the McDonogh School, his high school alma mater. Grady was the 2021 Maryland State Golf Association Player of the Year and has won three Maryland Mid-Amateur Championships. He played collegiately at University of South Carolina-Aiken. Grady and Sovero met at Rolling Road Golf Club.

Charles Warren, 46, of Greenville, S.C. & Brent Delahoussaye, 40, of Greensville, S.C.,are former Clemson University standouts. This is their first USGA championship as a team. At Clemson, Warren won the 1997 NCAA Division I individual title. Warren also tied for 37th in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and tied for 62nd in the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club. Warren also has three Nationwide Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour) victories. He regained his amateur status in 2020. Delahoussaye was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer, who helped the Tigers win the 2004 ACC Championship. On the PGA Tour, Delahoussaye made a total of eight cuts and shot a 62 during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open. He regained his amateur status in 2016.

Kenny Cook, 42, of Noblesville, Ind., & Sean Rowen, 47, of Greenwood, Ind., are veterans of USGA championships: Cook has played in 11 while Rowen has qualified for nine. Cook, a former Ball State University golfer, was the runner-up in the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Cook works as an accountant for the Department of Defense. Rowen, a University of Iowa alum, is a four-time Indiana Player of the Year.

Evan Beck, 31, of Virginia Beach, Va. & Dan Walters, 37, of Winston-Salem, N.C., each have ties to Wake Forest University. Beck, the runner-up in the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Shoal Creek, which is a few miles from the Country Club of Birmingham , defeated future three-time major champion Jordan Spieth in the semifinals. He was a four-year letter-winner for the Demon Deacons as well as an All-ACC performer and All-American. Walters, a Rollins College graduate, qualified for the 2015 U.S. Amateur and served as the associate men’s golf coach at Wake Forest for nine years. 

Robbie Ziegler, 31, of Tualatin, Ore. & Zach Foushee, 27, of Lake Oswego, Ore., are playing as a side for the first time. Ziegler, a golf manufacturer representative, has qualified for five U.S. Amateurs and reached match play in 2015 at Olympia Fields. He defeated Oregon State standout Spencer Tibbits, 2 and 1, to win last year’s Oregon Amateur. An all-state selection at Canby (Ore.) High, he earned four varsity letters at the University of Oregon. Foushee, a fellow four-year letter-winner at Oregon, advanced to match play in the 2016 U.S. Amateur.

Jonathan Coe is a senior manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email him at jcoe@usga.org.